Kaohsiung, Nov 6 (AP/UNB) — A sprawling complex of four theaters billed as the biggest performing arts center in the world has opened in southern Taiwan.
The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts houses a 1,981-seat concert hall, a 2,236-seat opera house, a play house and a recital hall under a single roof covering 3.3 hectares (8.2 acres).
The opening season offers a range of artistic performances. The debut installation opera "Paradise Interrupted" is an international co-production with New York's Lincoln Center Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA and the Singapore International Festival of Arts. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, who conducts in Taiwan for the first time, will perform in the venue's vineyard-style concert hall.
The center, which opened last month, was built over eight years at a cost of NT$10.7 billion ($350 million) on the site of a former military barracks in Kaohsiung, a southern city of about 2.8 million people. Residents still call the new center by the name of the military camp, Weiwyuing.
Performers are seeing the new venue as an opportunity.
"Not many people can say that they have performed" at Weiwyuing, said Chloe Young, a member of the Sydney Dance Company. She said it was an honor to be dancing there. "And I think it's really gonna boost my career, saying I performed in Taiwan, in an amazing theater, amazing facility, and I feel super super lucky."
The design by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo reflects the port city's tropical location and maritime links. It includes an undulating white roof and a large public space with hoists and other cargo ship features.
"I think what is really unique is this roof, what was inspired by the banyan trees with the crown," said Francine Houben, the creative director of Mecanoo. "I had to create a really new public space specifically for Taiwan, for Kaohsiung, that catches the wind of the ocean and the ventilation of the tropical space."
The concert hall has the biggest pipe organ in Asia with 9,085 pipes. Built by a German manufacturer, its asymmetric design recalls bamboo.
"I have played many organs both in Taiwan and abroad, but this one is the biggest and the best," said organist Liu Hsin-hung.
The center also includes an outdoor amphitheater.
He Wen-jhang, a 62-year-old retired physics and chemistry teacher who lives nearby, said he prefers to the art center to another real estate development.
"Coming here to exchange views greatly influences citizens' temperament," He said. "In the past, people only rushed to factories to make a living. But now, we have a place to relax and chat to each other. This has a big impact on Kaohsiung's cultural aspect. A positive impact."
Bilbao, Nov 5 (AP/UNB) — Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was the big winner at the MTV EMAs gala in Spain on Sunday, while Janet Jackson used her acceptance speech for a life-time achievement award to take a stand for women's rights.
Jackson was honored with the Global Icon Award for her four-decade, 11-album career that started when she was a child growing up in the family that also produced her music legend brother, Michael, and The Jackson Five.
The 52-year-old Jackson showed she still has her dance moves while performing a medley of "Made for Now," ''All for You" and "Rhythm Nation" while accompanied by African drummers and torchbearers. She later said her award came with a responsibility.
"Tonight I feel moved to speak for those women whose voices have been stifled," she said. "I am one of those voices, women who have been gagged, literally and emotionally, women who have been abused, women who have been intimidated, women who have lived in fear, I stand with you.
"Tonight I carry the hope that a new world is emerging. Women, our voices will be heard!"
Other than Jackson's call for gender equality, the show was all about the dazzle provided by the costumes, choreography and the elaborate light and video displays on the huge circular stage.
With pop star Ariana Grande shut out despite her five nominations, Cabello was the undisputed star of the night.
The 21-year-old Cabello beat out Grande, Drake, Dua Lipa and Post Malone for best artist, while her sultry hit "Havana" took the trophy for best song and best video. She also topped the category for best act.
Last year, Cabello won the award for best pop artist at the edition held in London. Born in Havana before her family left for Miami, Cabello was discovered on the U.S. version of X-Factor and formed a part of the group Fifth Harmony.
The 25th edition of the awards, formerly known as the as the MTV Europe Music Awards, was as usual loaded with eye-catching performances, as well as references to Bilbao's links to the art world, first and foremost thanks to the city's Guggenheim Museum.
Host Hailee Steinfeld opened the show with a video sketch featuring her breaking into an art gallery to "steal" one of the MTV trophies, only to then emerge on stage in a tiny silver dress. Several costume changes later, she became a "work of art," in her words, when she donned a long white dress and was sprayed with blue and yellow paint.
After Nicki Minaj and Little Mix got the music going, the singer of Panic! At The Disco made an action-movie entry. Frontman Brendon Urie was depicted in a video as climbing down the façade of the Bilbao Exhibition Centre before he was lowed from the hall's ceiling while singing the opening of "High Hopes."
When his group won the best alternative award, Urie announced "this is going in my bathroom."
Minaj won for best hip-hop artist and best look. 5 Seconds of Summer left with the best rock award, Marshmello was voted best electronic artist, and best new artist went to Cardi B.
Shawn Mendes won for best live performer, and British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa was best pop artist.
The spectators went wild singing along to "Malamente" by Spanish sensation Rosalia, but the most moving performance belonged to Halsey. She delivered her heart-torn "Without Me" while chained inside a large transparent cube. When the cube lifted, water poured down on her like rain.
Boy duo Jack & Jack lifted spirits singing "Rise" while being hoisted aloft on wires, spinning and twisting over a stage that depicted a whirlpool until a friendly bunch of fans rushed in to cushion their landing.
On Saturday night, Muse kicked off the weekend's festivities with guitar-driven rock concert at San Mames Stadium, home to local soccer club Athletic Bilbao.
The MTV EMAs is held in a different European city each year, with winners selected by fans across the continent.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) - A four-day Iranian film show is underway at national music and dance auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city.
Iran Cultural Centre, Dhaka and BSA jointly orgnaised the film show at BSA premises.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury was present at the inaugural ceremony on Saturday evening as the chief guest while charge d' Affaires of Iranian Embassy in Dhaka Ebrahim Shafiei Rezvani Nejad and eminent actress Lucky Enam were present as special guests.
Director, Film and Cinematography Department of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Badrul Anam Bhuiyan presided over the meeting while acting cultural counsellour of Iranian Embassy Dr Seyed Mahdi Hosseini Faegh presented the inaugural speech.
A film titled ‘So far, so close’ was screened on the inaugural day while two more films will be screened from 11 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm every day.
‘Maritme Silkroad’ was screened at 11am while and ‘Trac Hundred Forty Three’ is scheduled to screen at 3pm on Sunday.
‘Zero to Podium’ and ‘Once upon a time love and betrayal’ are scheduled to be screened in the same time on November 5 while ‘Today’ and ‘Rana’s Silence’ will be screened on the final day of the festival at the same time.
Besides, another five-day Iranian film show is also going to be arranged in 3 different cities of the country from November 9.
The five-day exhibition will be organized at Shilpakala Academy auditoriums in Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna cities.
The exhibition will continue until November 13.
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) - Marking 70 years of International Theatre Institute (ITI) Bangladesh, a three-day celebration programme featuring discussion and cultural presentation will end on Saturday at the National theatre hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA)
On the second day, a theatre lecture on ‘Ontorongo Kothon: Amar Natyapoth’ was held at the Seminar Room of BSA where noted director-actor Sri Bibhas Chakraborty was present as a discussant.
Later, Chintok Theatre of Gobindaganj in Gaibandha staged a folk dance-drama ‘Behula Bhasan’ at BSA main theatre hall.
Fakir Aziz Sarkar from Manikgonj will present ‘Gazir Gaan’ at BSA in the concluding day of the three-day celebration programme.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the programme on Thursday on the BSA premises while honourary president of ITI Bangladesh Ramendu Majumdar, BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky were present as special guests.
After the inauguration, Pallavi Dance Centre, Dhaka and artistes of ethnic minority presented group dance performance.
Later, theatre collage by seven theatre troupes was staged. The participating troupes are Natyadhara, Padatik Natya Samgsad, Loko Natyadal, Theatre Art Unit, Natya Teertha, Mahakal Natya Sampraday and Bangladesh Theatre.
The International Theatre Institute - ITI Worldwide, World Organization for the Performing Arts is an international non-governmental organisation, established by UNESCO in Prague in 1948.
The main objective was to build an organisation oriented towards realising the goals of UNESCO in the field of culture, education and art.
2018 is a significant year for ITI as the organization was founded on July 1, 2018 and completing its significantly fruitful existence globally for long 70 years.
Bangladesh has had a long relationship with ITI. ITI Bangladesh centre was founded in the year 1982 with the lone initiative of Ramendu Majumdar.
Los Angeles, Nov 2 (AP/UNB) — Hey hey, my my, Neil Young is calling Daryl Hannah his wife.
The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the 57-year-old "Splash" actress had been utterly mum on the subject of their marriage since reports that they wed in California in August.
But Young said in a pro-gun-control post on his website Wednesday featuring a new performance of his 1970 song "Ohio" that "My wife Daryl and I put this video together."
The couple's representatives didn't reply to requests for comment.
It's the third marriage for Young and the first for Hannah, who had previous relationships with Jackson Browne and John F. Kennedy Jr.
She wrote and directed the Netflix movie "Paradox," starring Young, earlier this year.
Young's hits include "Hey Hey, My My" and "Heart of Gold."