Art & Culture

2017 Tai Ji Men Chinese New Year Gathering

Peacocks fanning their tails to gather the five treasures Seeds of conscience spreading to nearly 30 nations

International guests joyfully interacted with the Tai Ji Men lions and picked the draw of wisdom words to get a full year of joy and energy.

Cultural capitals: discover this year's picks Aarhus and Pafos

Aarhus in Denmark and Pafos in Cyprus are Europe's cultural capitals for this year. Since the capitals of culture initiative was launched in 1985, 54 cities around Europe have had the honour. The aim is to highlight the richness of Europe’s cultural diversity and looks at its shared history and heritage. Read more about this year’s cultural capitals.

UNESCO sends mission to assess extent of damage at Nimrud archaeological site in Iraq

A statue of a lamassu, an Assyrian protective deity, at the North West Palace of Ashurnasirpal in Nimrud, Iraq.

Republic of Korea to host next meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place from 4 December to 8 December 2017 in Seoul (Republic of Korea) and will be chaired by Ambassador Lee Byong-hyun, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO.

Culture as the life blood of a nation Tai Ji Men visiting Nepal

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy, Tai Ji Men shifu and dizi travel around the world this year conducting cultural exchange programs to spread the message of love and peace in Asia, Europe and America. In mid-November, they participated in the 17th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World in India and shared the declarations of An Era of Conscience, taxpayer’s human rights and world citizenship with chief justices and judges from 56 nations. The sharing has received widespread feedbacks. Immediately after the trip to India, the group of 20 people visited Nepal on November 17 at the invitation of Mrs. Sita Devi Yadav, Minister of Peace and Reconstruction. The message of love and peace was warmly welcomed by the local Nepal people. The group has visited more than 200 cities in 67 nations around the world.

'Philosophy is an art of living together,' says UNESCO on World Philosophy Day

Sculpture "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin. World Philosophy Day takes place every November.

Hawaiian Cultural Group Sues U.S. Army Over Cultural Access At Makua

The Army’s two-and-a-half year ban on access to cultural sites at Mākua Military Reservation on O‘ahu violates a 2001 court-ordered settlement

On November 7, Mālama Mākua, represented by Earthjustice, took the U.S. Army back to court for violating cultural access rights to sacred sites at Mākua Military Reservation on Oʻahu. The reservation contains 100 sites eligible for listing on the national historic register, including Hawaiian temples, shrines, petroglyphs and other historical and cultural sites.

Building strong research links between the UK and China

In the last twenty years the UK and China have witnessed extraordinary growth in their creative industries, partly fuelled by the digital revolution. High-quality research is increasingly being recognised as a core ingredient to help support and sustain the future development of the new small businesses and start-up’s at the heart of this sector.

UK to help its musicians expand global audience through music exports

DIT re-launches Music Export Growth Scheme in partnership with the BPI to help UK acts achieve global recognition.

Britain’s aspiring musicians are set to benefit from a £2.8 million boost to build their global brand, the Department for International Trade and the BPI – the UK record labels’ association that promotes British music – announced on 8 October.

NSIDC researchers tackle complexities of sharing Indigenous Knowledge in the digital age

The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) is located at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

In “Sharing and Preserving Indigenous Knowledge of the Arctic Using Information and Communications Technology,” researchers Heidi McCann and Peter Pulsifer from the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)), and Carolina Behe from the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska analyze how digital technologies afford and impact the preservation of documented Indigenous Knowledge (IK) while maintaining cultural significance and intellectual property rights.