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13-year-old girl from Thailand wins the International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment, organized by UNEP and Bayer

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Strands of life emanate from the globe like streams, each ending in a different form of life. With this imaginative painting, 13-year-old Chiratchaya Kaeokamkong from Thailand won the 22nd International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bayer on the subject of “Water: The Source of Life. Where Does It Come From?” Together with the runner-up, 14-year-old Wesley Gong from the United States, and the six regional winners, Chiratchaya will receive her prize in New Y... Read More »

John Laing Integrated Services signs library contract with the London Borough of Croydon

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As a result of the new arrangements Croydon’s libraries will soon undergo a significant modernisation programme. This will include the introduction of new technology for the benefit of both staff and customers, including self-service, wi-fi and the very latest innovations in online resources and e-books. The new contract will ensure that all 13 libraries remain open and continue to provide high levels of professional services. JLIS will work closely with local communities to improve the way these services are delivered. There will also be ne... Read More »

Looking for culture? Welcome to Europe

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Star restoration projects Keeping buildings and art in good condition takes work. The efforts of volunteers and professionals to preserve key sites were recognised in June, when the European Commission and Europa Nostra announced the winners of the 2013 prizes for outstanding conservation projects. This year’s public vote went to Propylaea Central Building in Athens. Recent conservation efforts were praised for high quality craftsmanship, and for rescuing an iconic monument of European culture. Other winners were: Tallinn seaplane ... Read More »

Peace Palace celebrates 100 years as symbol of peace and justice

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From 28 August to 21 September, the UN International Day of Peace, a variety of events are being organised to highlight the importance of continued efforts for global peace. Two days before the festivities begin, ten influential bloggers will arrive in the Netherlands to report on the celebrations and the ministerial conference on 28 August. During their week’s stay they will take part in workshops, discussions and interviews on peace and justice and the role of social media in promoting them. The peaceful settlement of disputes will remain ... Read More »

Bertelsmann presents original documents by Giuseppe Verdi and unique cultural treasures from the Archivio Ricordi in Milan

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“The Enterprise of Opera” exhibition in Berlin to mark the “Verdi Year” provides insights into the genesis of two Verdi operas Thomas Rabe: “Bertelsmann is taking responsibility for the restoration and digitization of important testimonies to opera history” The “Enterprise of Opera” exhibition marks the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth on October 10 by tracing the creative process of Verdi’s last two operas “Otello” and “Falstaff” in a multifaceted and interactive way, from the earliest discussions with the composer to the first public p... Read More »

The results of the call for proposals for the Special Action for Third Countries are out now!

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The eligible third countries for 2013 were Canada and Australia. Each year the Special Action for Third Countries enables organisations from one or more countries other than those who participate in the Culture programme on a fully-fledged basis to be involved in a call for proposals. The call enables grants to be given for cooperation projects, which seek to pursue the objectives of the Culture Programme. To be eligible, projects must have a duration of not more than 24 months; involve a minimum of three cultural organisations drawn fro... Read More »

Endemol India to co-produce major new drama with Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan

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The script is being developed by internationally renowned writer and director Anurag Kashyap, who last year won widespread critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. Endemol, the world’s largest independent production company today announced that it is co-producing a major new drama series for Sony Entertainment Television India with Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the leading role. The series will be based on an idea from Endemol India who will co-produce alongside Amitabh Bachchan’s own company Saraswati Creations. The script ... Read More »

Poland celebrates the European Day of Languages

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The conference is addressed to experts responsible for shaping language policy, neurolinguists, representatives of education institutions, researchers, teachers, social partners. The conference will provide them with the possibility to discuss the following issues: Foreign language didactics in the field of brain studies Competence motivation in foreign language teaching Motivation to foreign language learning of new learner groups Motivation to learning less widely used languages Development of new methods and tools facilitating fo... Read More »

Dhanya Theatre introduces Auro 11.1 by Barco for an immersive cinematic experience

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Being the first to install this sound system in India’s Kerala region, the Dhanya Theatre lives up to its promise to consistently offer its audience the best possible cinema experience. Traditionally, India has always been a major regional center for film, supported by a vast film-going public and a movie industry that ranks amongst the largest in the world. As a consequence, competition between multiplex cinemas is fierce. Providing audiences with an immersive auditory experience in addition to crisp clear images has proven to be a powerful to... Read More »

Evaluation of the European Capitals of Culture in 2012, Guimarães (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia)

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The evaluation report considers the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of both 2012 ECoC throughout their “life-cycle”; from the preparation of their application, through the designation and development phase and up to the completion of their cultural programmes at the end of the title year. Consideration is also given to their likely sustainability and legacy. The report, in English, with Executive Summary in French and German, notes a number of lessons learned and provides recommendations for the cities and for the Commission. ... Read More »

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