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Art Palette From interior design to fashion, color plays a fundamental role in expression, communicating personality, mood and emotion. Art Palette lets you choose a color palette, and using a combination of computer vision algorithms, it matches artworks from cultural institutions from around the world with your selected hues. See how Van Gogh's Irises share a connection of color with a 16th century Iranian folio and Monet’s water lilies. You can also snap a photo of your outfit today or your home decor and can click through to learn about th... Read More »

The art of collaboration: from Sheets to the streets


In partnership with Refinery29, a lifestyle digital media company, we linked up with renowned illustrators Marina Esmeraldo in Barcelona, and Mallory Heyer in NYC. We gave them a simple creative assignment—to “break the grid”—which literally can mean pushing the “grid” of Google Sheets to its limits, but also taps into the idea of supporting and celebrating women globally who break free of confined roles and ways of thinking, which is core to Refinery29's mission. Marina and Mallory connected a handful of times on Google Hangouts to plan and... Read More »

Culture and Development in Africa by Dr. Mehenou Amouzou


First, as an intrinsic value, secondly as a key factor of regional development leading to increased attractiveness of regions for tourists, residents and investors, and thirdly, as an active factor of social development based on knowledge, tolerance, and creativity. Culture provides the framework in which a nation sees, approaches, and ultimately resolves key complex internal and global issues that will impact long-term development and economic growth. Some may attempt to reduce the understanding of culture to fetishism and other archaic and... Read More »

GfK: Germany knocks USA off best nation top spot after 5 years


USA is downgraded heavily by Russia and Egypt for role in global peace and security Russia is only nation to suffer a precipitous global reputation drop; their score drop for “peace and security” is the largest for any single attribute After holding the number one place since 2009, the USA has this year been pushed down to second place by Germany, which now takes the lead in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands IndexSM (NBISM). People around the world now have more positive perceptions of Germany than of 49 other developed and developing count... Read More »

The 13th European Tourism Forum: “Tourism and culture in Europe: innovative actions for jobs and growth


The Forum falls within the framework of the six-month Italian presidency of the Council of the EU and is organised by the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It is an opportunity to reflect upon and to put forward proposals to uphold economic growth and employment in Europe. On 30 and 31 October, institutional representatives, experts and players of the sector will exchange views on different topics at the Museum of Capodimonte. Among the participants to the special session on “Synergies between culture an... Read More »

SSE Airtricity staff shortlisted for UK National Contact Centre Awards

SSE Airtricity Gas NI’s Christina Martindale and Madeline Saggers have both been shortlisted for awards. Christina has been put forward for UK Customer Service Manager of the Year and Madeline has been nominated in the category of UK Team Leader of the Year. The UK National Contact Centre Awards have been running for almost 20 years, recognising individuals who help their call centres to provide outstanding service. The awards have an excellent reputation within the industry for their extremely high standards. Finalists are decided throug... Read More »

Hildegard lernt fliegen winner of the BMW welt jazz award 2014

During last night’s outstanding final concert of the series BMW Welt Jazz Award 2014, the Swiss sextet “Hildegard Lernt Fliegen” and the Dutch trio “Tin Men and the Telephone” performed in the auditorium of the BMW Welt to compete for this year’s award. The winner is Hildegard Lernt Fliegen. The award was presented by Ian Robertson, Board Member of BMW AG, and Hans-Georg Küppers, Director of the Department of Arts and Culture of the city of Munich. Beate Sampson, editor at the German broadcasting station BR Klassik, hosted the evening’s event. ... Read More »

SSE Airtricity gears up to sponsor 125km cycle event


Castlederg St. Eugene’s is a GAA club based in Castlederg, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The club will host the annual Red River Festival at their home ground, Marius McHugh Park, from 6th to 8th June, celebrating the local community through music, art, culture and sport. Around 150 people are expected to take part in the 125km cycle, which will take place between Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June. The event will start and finish in Castlederg, taking in Kesh, Belleeck, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town and Barnes Gap along the way. Donal Gormley... Read More »

Gazprom Expands Football for Friendship International Children’s Social Project


The Football for Friendship project is being implemented within a framework of the Gazprom for Children social program. Its major goal is to develop younger generations' critical values: respect for other cultures and nationalities, equality, as well as stimulating their interest in healthy lifestyles, by encouraging children and teenagers to participate in sport. “Our Football for Friendship global initiative, as part of a wider series of social project from Gazprom, is aimed at helping to educate younger generations in the spirit of mutual... Read More »

Bertelsmann hosts ‘Creativity in the Digital World’ Media Conference in Berlin


Focus on legal and economic framework conditions for creativity and innovation 120 decision-makers from politics, the diplomatic corps, media, business and culture expected Bertelsmann Chairman and CEO Thomas Rabe said: “No megatrend is shaping and changing the creative industry as much as digitization. Media companies are actively seizing the opportunities presented to us; we are rethinking business models and investing in new offers. However, the regulatory rules of the game must keep pace with the new realities. We can only adequately p... Read More »

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