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Art project captures sound of cities during coronavirus outbreak

An anti-coronavirus song from Senegal, applause for health workers ringing out in Paris and the return of the dawn chorus in Warsaw are just a few of the sounds that have been captured as part of an art project that aims to record how the sound of cities is dramatically changing during the Covid-19


Michael Rosen 'very poorly but stable' after night in intensive care

Michael Rosen’s family has said that the poet, broadcaster and author, who is suffering from suspected coronavirus, is “very poorly at the moment” but is stable and alert after a night in intensive care. Rosen, the author of beloved children’s books from We’re Going on


'Impossible to comprehend': Stephen King on horrors of Trump and coronavirus

It has been four decades since Stephen King wrote The Stand, his acclaimed novel about a deadly influenza pandemic wiping out most of human civilization.So the bestselling contemporary horror novelist has difficulty understanding why authorities did not see the coronavirus crisis coming, or take the


Isle of Wight and Download Festivals axed

The Isle of Wight and Download have become the latest music festivals to be cancelled due to the coronavirus. Duran Duran and Lionel Richie were due to appear alongside Supergrass and Kaiser Chiefs at Seaclose Park, Newport on the Isle of Wight. At Download, Kiss, Iron Maiden and System of a Down


Egypt disinfects pyramid complex amid coronavirus concerns

Egypt on Wednesday began sanitizing the Pyramids of Giza complex as part of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. The last standing wonders of the ancient world themselves would need specific care, with work to be carried out by a specialist team of excavators, the site's director Ashraf Mo


First real-life drama about military heroes to be shown by Tunisian TV

TUNIS--“27” is the intriguing title of a series that will premier during Ramadan on Tunisian national television. The series depicts actual dramatic and heroic events from the Tunisian Army’s war on terrorism and cross-border smuggling. Series director and scriptwriter Yousri


Believer Book Awards, Strand Bookstore Layoffs, and More

The Believer announced the winners of the 2019 Believer Book Awards, which honor “the best written and most underappreciated” works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of the year. The winning titles are Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers, Socialist Realism by Trisha Low, and Soft Targets by Debor


Sharjah Museums, Sharjah Art Foundation closes venues, shows

The Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) is closing its museums and current shows from Monday (March 16-31). In a message to the media, the Authority, which links and oversees 16 museums across Sharjah that cover widely varied fields, including Islamic art and culture, archaeology, heritage, science, ma


Met Museum braces for $100m loss due to coronavirus pandemic

The Met Museum is reportedly bracing for $100m in losses due to the coronavirus outbreak. The museum had to close its three locations in New York City on 13 March in order to limit the spread of the virus. According to The New York Times, a letter sent to department heads on Wednesday projects $10


Eight authors share $1m prize as writers face coronavirus uncertainty

The day before British-Indian poet Bhanu Kapil learned she had won a Windham Campbell prize, she had been wondering about how to balance writing, teaching and caring for her elderly mother. The next day, she received an email from the prize’s director, Michael Kelleher, informing her that she


The Most Innovative Libraries Around the World

Visiting your local library is the best way to celebrate March's National Reading Month, or to celebrate the birthday of beloved children's book author, Dr. Seuss, on March 2. The rest of the year, some libraries use unique architecture to encourage visitors to explore the racks and settle down with


Big Dutch galleries close until end of March due to coronavirus

The Dutch national gallery, the Rijksmuseum, and the nearby Van Gogh museum, two of the Netherlands’ premier tourist attractions in Amsterdam, will be closed to the public at least until March 31 due to the coronavirus epidemic. Their announcements followed minutes after tougher anti-virus me


Joy Harjo becomes first Native American to be made US poet laureate

Joy Harjo has become the first Native American to be appointed as US poet laureate. The Oklahoma-born, Muscogee Creek Nation member’s appointment was announced on 19 June by the librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, who said that Hargo helped tell an “American story” of traditions


Bag firm adds ‘unique’ appeal by stitching in historical figures’ letters

Love historic documents signed by figures such as Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens? Love luxury handbags? A new company is targeting this novel crossover market with exclusive bags containing snippets of authentic manuscripts by famous figures – to the fury of antiquarian booksellers, who sa


Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellations

Covid-19’s impact on the arts world has led to countless films and concerts being scrapped or postponed and theatres and galleries closed. Here’s an updating list of what’s affected so farLatest • Disney postpones indefinitely release of Mulan, The New Mutants and Antlers.&bu


Victoria Derbyshire viewers 'more male and older than you think', says Tony Hall

The BBC director general, Tony Hall, has defended the decision to axe the Victoria Derbyshire show as part of the latest round of BBC cuts, saying the programme’s audience was “more male and older than you might think”. The outgoing BBC boss told MPs the award-winning news show wa


'Star of the East' Umm Kulthum Returns to Light Up Cairo

Revered Arab singer Umm Kulthum returned to light up the stage once more on Friday, almost five decades after her death, in the form of a hologram that delighted a packed-to-capacity crowd at Cairo's Opera House. Affectionately known in Egypt as "El Sett" ("The Lady"), Kulthum's deep, resonant voic


Film and TV shows to warn viewers if scenes show domestic abuse

Domestic abuse in film and television is to be flagged up differently by the British Board of Film Classification. The BBFC said it would begin using the term “domestic abuse” instead of “domestic violence” in the information it issues to accompany ratings. It would also sto





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