Dhaka, Jan15 (UNB) - The tenth edition of Chobi Mela, the most prestigious photography festival in Asia, will begin on 28 February.
In a press conference held at Drik’s new gallery in Panthapath on Tuesday, the organisers updated the media on upcoming festival programme.
The festival will continue with many happenings till 9 March 2019.
Chobi Mela - International Festival of Photography is put together biannually by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Since its inception in 2000, Chobi Mela has been the most significant photography event in Asia and a regular biennale.
At the press conference Festival Director Shahidul Alam presented an overview of the upcoming festival and introduced the newly formed Chobi Mela advisory board members.
Members include prominent Indian economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank Khondokar Ibrahim Khaled, human rights activist Khushi Kabir, Nepali publisher, writer and editor Kunda Dixit, Indian photographer Raghu Rai, economist Rehman Sobhan, literary critic, activist and historian Serajul Islam Choudhury and human rights activist and former Advisor to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh Sultana Kamal.
Shahidul Alam also shared that eminent writer Arundhati Roy from India will be visiting upcoming Chobi Mela to give an artist talk.
The theme for Chobi Mela X is ‘Place’. Curated by ASM Rezaur Rahman, Munem Wasif, Sarker Protick, Tanzim Wahab along with guest curators including Naeem Mohaiemen and Sabih Ahmed, the tenth edition of the festival will be more exciting with all venues situated in Dhanmondi area.
The Drik-Pathshala under construction building in Panthapath will be the main venue along with other galleries of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Drik Gallery 1 & 2 (Dhanmondi) and Drik Gallery 3 (Panthapath).
Chobi Mela X also brings an exciting list of events. Artist’s talks, panel discussions and curated slideshow will be organised around the theme ‘Place’ at Goethe Institut Bangladesh auditorium while Pathshala South Asian Media Institute is the educational venue where workshops, and portfolio reviews will be held.
Chobi Mela X is to feature over 27 exhibitions with works from 35 artists spanning 20 countries.
The festival has also engaged a group of young Bangladeshi artists to produce site-specific artwork for the festival. To investigate the theme ‘Place’, artists from different backgrounds of painting, drawing, animation, sculpture, photography, video, sound and installation will stretch the medium physically and conceptually.
The festival hosts workshops by photo practitioners from all around the world. This includes workshop by Peter Bialobrzeski, noted for his excellent photography teaching background.
As part of the festival, a bookmaking workshop by Valentina Abenavoli will be arranged with a group of photographers for hands on training on making their own photobooks while world renowned German publisher and bookmaker Gerhard Steidl will also give an artist talk on photobooks.
Ensuring access for the general public has always been an important part of the festival and mobile exhibitions on rikshaw vans have become its trademark. The mobile exhibition will travel all over Dhaka city including remote locations.
The festival is free and open to the public.
Bulgaria, Jan 13 (AP/UNB) — Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Some 50,000 people gathered on a main square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed "We are all colors" with 1,500 local and foreign artists on several stages. The entertainment included traditional Bulgarian folk dancers, 200 choir singers, a brass orchestra and a musical and laser spectacle.
Squeezed between the Balkan and the Rodopi Mountains, Bulgaria's second-largest city has survived for thousands of years on the crossroads between Western Europe and the Middle East. Plovdiv is in central Bulgaria, 144 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Sofia, the capital.
Plovdiv claims to be the oldest continually inhabited European city, with more than 6,000 years of history. Evidence of that can be seen in many architectural landmarks dating back to Thracian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman times.
The city on both sides of the Maritsa River is also known for its ethnic diversity. Many of its 340,000 inhabitants belong to the country's Turkish, Roma, Armenian, Greek and Jewish minorities, all of which have quite a strong influence on the city's vibrant cultural life.
Examples of this influence were presented during the opening music, light and dance show under the motto "Together."
Some 350 cultural events are scheduled in Plovdiv this year, including one exhibition featuring fragments of the Berlin Wall to mark 30 years since its fall and another with 30 short films and debates on how art can foster liberty.
Plovdiv, the first Bulgarian city to become a European culture capital, was also named among The New York Times' list of 52 places to go in 2019. It shares the 2019 culture title with the Italian city of Matera.
"This year will be a turning point for Plovdiv. We have spent four years to prepare all events. I'm sure that Plovdiv will never be the same," Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, the art director of Plovdiv 2019, told reporters.
Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) – The English edition of novel ‘Jononi’ written by Bangladeshi writer Mostofa Kamal is going to hit internet marketplace Amazon this January.
The London-based Olympia Publishers will bring the piece to market.
“This is one of my best novels, I have ever wrote and I think the book getting published from Olympia Publishers in London is more prestigious than receiving any state awards,” Mostofa Kamal said in his reaction.
“I’m expressing my gratitude to the publishers as well as thanking them for taking the initiatives and I also thank translator Dulal Al Mansur for converting it into English,” the noted Bangladeshi journalist added.
Last year, another book consists of three magnetic narratives – ‘Taliban, Pak Colonel and a Young Lady’, 'Flaming Eventide', and 'The Flatterer"--written by Mostofa Kamal with the title ‘Three Novels’ was also released on Amazon.
The Notion Press published the novel simultaneously from India, Singapore and Malaysia in September last year.
Online bookshop rokomari.com has been distributing the novels in Bangladesh market.
Mostofa Kamal entered the world of writing in 1984. In almost all branches of literature, his free movement is obvious.
So far he has written a total of 104 books as of now while his most popular novels are Janani, Agnikonya, Agnipurush, Agnimanush, Hello Colonel, Paromitake Shudhu Bachate Cheyechhi and Jinat Sundori o Mantri Kahini.
He has been working as a professional journalist since 1991 and has been performing duties as an executive editor for the Bengali daily Kalerkantho since 2012.
Los Angeles, Jan 3 (AP/UNB) — The organizers of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have announced the top acts scheduled to appear at the multiday event in April.
Goldenvoice, the promoter of the event, said Wednesday night that the big names scheduled to perform at the two-weekend festival in Southern California from April 12 to April 14 and from April 19 to April 21 include Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Janelle Monae. Other performers booked to play at the event include the 1975, DJ Snake, Diplo, Solange and Weezer.
In 2018, Grande capped off a successful year as a pop star that included another No. 1 album with "Sweetener" as well as multiple hits, from "No Tears Left to Cry" to "God Is a Woman" to "Breathin."
Coachella is known as the festival for cool kids — and musicians. Tickets go on sale on Friday.
Berlin, Jan 2 (AP/UNB) — Edgar Hilsenrath, a German-Jewish writer whose fictional account of the Holocaust from the perspective of a Nazi perpetrator became a best-seller, has died at 92.
The German news agency dpa quoted Hilsenrath's second wife, Marlene, as confirming Tuesday that the author died Dec. 30 in western Germany after battling pneumonia.
Born in Leipzig in 1926, Hilsenrath moved to Romania at 12 to escape Nazi persecution, and was later deported to Ukraine.
His first novel, "Night," recounting the horrors of trying to survive in a Jewish ghetto, was published in 1954.
Hilsenrath gained international fame with his 1971 novel "The Nazi and the Barber" — a grotesque story about an SS member who pretends to be Jewish after the war to escape prosecution — that sold millions of copies worldwide.