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A Chat with London Urban Artist Hannah Adamaszek

September 18, 2014 by  

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This is a chat with London-based artist Hannah Adamaszek. It’s been awhile since I’ve done any artist features and I hope to do many more in the near future. Hannah reached out to me on social media and I’m so glad that she did. Hannah works with a variety of mediums and her work is as bohemian as they come. See below for a full interview below.

Hannah, how did you find your way into the art world?

I’m an urban artist currently based in London, UK but have lived in Austria, Switzerland and Australia in the past. I studied art at university in the UK about 8 years ago, and fell out of love with some of the contemporary art scene, so swapped painting for travelling and skiing for about 4 years. I first got into art and painting when I was very young. My Dad was a painter, and a huge influence on my work today. I always had a love for drawing from an early age, I remember entering competitions at primary school and it was a real passion then. Then I started studying at College, I did the foundation course which was a brilliant way for me…

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Behind the Scenes of the Tirashila, Onam Celebrations & Kerala Traditions

September 16, 2014 by  

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20140804_184735 With cyberspace all abuzz with the recently concluded Onam celebrations, and sadya images flooding timelines, I am reminded of another enduring Kerala tradition, that of performing arts. During a fabulously timed visit last month (you know, back in the day when it wasn’t all dry), with an evening to spare, and encouraged by the friendly people at my hotel, I found myself part of a motley audience at the Kerala Kathakali Centre in Fort Kochi. I was in for a two and a half hour session; an hour and half of which was devoted to on-stage application of the elaborate make-up that typifies this story-telling dance-drama from the 16th century. IMG_0018 Early versions of Kathakali relied heavily on ritualistic and other performing styles, gradually coming into its own when a scholarly and arts-loving Raja of Kottayam decided to dramatise episodes from the Mahabharata, laying a great amount of emphasis on music and abhinaya. This theatrical form under royal patronage attracted some of the finest playwrights, poets, dramatists and musicians of the time. By the end of the 18th century, it had added plays from the Ramayana and Puranas to…

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Argentina Travel: The All Things Culture & Arts Guide to Buenos Aires

September 15, 2014 by  

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  buenos aires For your next trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, learn how to immerse yourself in local culture, savor tasty delicacies and go beyond the guidebook in this fascinating city. 1. For those wanting to have a Buenos Aires experience not typically found in guidebooks, Buenos Aires has a lot of street art. There are many places in non touristic areas, like Colegiales and Boedo, where you can find the work of our “local Banksy.” If you are interested in a different experience, like Gaucho Culture, every Sunday there are places called Jineteadas. Gauchos gather here for folk and music and to ride on wild horses and eat local food. Of course there are many Estancias that offer a “gaucho day.” All of them are good, but if you want to know real gauchos in Buenos Aires you must go to a Jineteada. These meetings are every Sunday in different places, about 30 minutes from downtown Buenos Aires. They don’t have a pre established schedule, and to find it is not a easy work. I typically need to listen a local radio to find the next meeting. Ask your hotel if they can help you…

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Chiang Mai Thailand: From Elephants & Festivals to Food & Local Culture

September 14, 2014 by  

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Yi Peng Festival Thailand isn’t all about beaches and Bangkok. Be sure to check out Chiang Mai in the north. Below are some interesting food trends, local culture and tips on travel to Thailand’s north including background on how to travel responsibly. 1. For those wanting to have a lesser-known Chiang Mai experience, some of the best things about the city aren’t the things a guidebook would write about. To me, the best thing about this city is how friendly and open people are and that the experiences you have when you just wander outside of the walls of the Old City can truly be some of the most memorable moments from a visit here. So, for those wanting have a Chiang Mai experience not in the guidebook, my advice would be to go and get lost. To go, map-free, for a wander across the moat that separates the “old” from the “not as old” and explore. Head to some of the more local markets, like Warorot, and across the river and through the maze of sois (small streets that oftentimes are barely large enough to fit a car). Get in one of the…

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The Vegetarian Festival in Phuket Thailand

September 12, 2014 by  

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Dating back as far as 1825, the Vegetarian Festival in which the Chinese community observes a vegetarian diet during the Chinese calendar’s ninth lunar month began with miners and opera troupes believing that a ‘pure’ lifestyle would enhance their connection with the gods. Today, the tradition is celebrated throughout Thailand by both Chinese and non-Chinese communities alike with a number of festivities and special vegetarian dishes for all to enjoy. In Phuket, Thailand, the whole town comes together in honor of this event with a procession through the streets to ‘Jui Tui’, the city’s most revered shrine. During the parade participants enact in sacrificial rituals including ‘fire-walking’, with the brave souls walking across burning coals barefoot, ‘bladed ladder climbs’, with performers crossing a ladder made of sharp iron blades and body impalements, each of these deeds represents a sacrifice, with the hopes of earning future protection from harm. thailand_phuket_amari Aside from these religious rites, the festivities include music featuring the drums and other traditional instruments, dancing, fire crackers, rounding off with fireworks in the evenings and an abundance of Thailand’s famous street food featuring much-loved dishes served vegetarian…

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The Fireball Festival (Bolas de Fuego) in Nejapa El Salvador

September 10, 2014 by  

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Crazy crazy night of travel - attending the fire ball festival in Nejapa, El Salvador. Crazy crazy night of travel – attending the fire ball festival in Nejapa, El Salvador. “There’s a bullet in the gun. there’s a fire in your heart” – Planet Perfecto Fire ball festival/Bolas del Fuego, Nejapa, El Salvador ** Fire ball festival/Bolas del Fuego, Nejapa, El Salvador ** You’ll tell everyone you’re coming to El Salvador for a few days, and like me, you’ll end up staying a bit longer as you’ll love it so much. Tales of touring Tazumal, seeing how indigo dyeing works, visiting Casa Blanca, surfing at Barra de Santiago and staying in Capricho and Ximenas as well as trying Salvadorian cuisine. However, on a dark Sunday night, on the 31st August 2014, I headed out to the barely known town of Nejapa in El Salvador. Here in Nejapa, a seemingly “normal” town in El Salvador becomes one crazy insane town just for a night. I headed to Nejapa for the Fireball Festival, known in Spanish as Bolas de Fuego and it was just insane, intense and unbelievable!! Photos, videos and words…

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The Stunning Colors of India’s Kolay Market in the Sealdah Area

September 10, 2014 by  

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As human beings, I strongly feel that we were made for relationships.  We were made to know each other and exist in a reality where we interact and connect and live in the spirit of camaraderie and community.  Some of us shun to enter this realm of relationships.  We would rather hide away and ignore the fact that we live in a world with other people.  We would rather be “safe”, ignoring a life where we experience the adventure of indulging in a life with people who truly matter to us, are around us. This is not a lesson I have learned, but I feeling that I have harboured for very long. So naturally it is sometimes involuntarily that I end up in situations and experiences, where I know this fancy of mine will be patronized. A market place is one such hub. A place, I feel where we can experience this life of relationship, simplicity and connection. Enter and you get lost in a world of color and a world of creation. Kolay market is located in the under-belly of the Sealdah Bridge; Sealdah Station being a prominent landmark and one of the most important rail-head terminals of…

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Barcelona’s Fiesta de Gracia, a Colorful Tradition

September 9, 2014 by  

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The Fiesta de Gracia - every August, the neighbourhood of Gracia holds its own Festival.  The residents decorate the streets and the plazas with colourful and original designs.  Every night is a party with bars and bands in the streets and it is easy to lose yourself (and your way) exploring the fun and festivaties that are on offer! It is a wonderful and colourful tradition and worth a visit.
http://www.festamajordegracia.cat/


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