Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett has commended the importance of forums like Dhaka Lit Fest that give space for people, genres and communities to meet, interact, exchange ideas and intellectually engage each other.
She noted that it is in such spaces that creativity can flourish, and ideas can grow.
High Commissioner Niblett hosted a reception at the Australian High
Commission for the Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) 2019 on Sunday evening 3 to promote Australia’s support for and commitment to diverse arts and culture in Bangladesh.
The High Commission said partnerships such as these offer unique opportunities to foster mutual understanding and strengthen people-to-people
relationships between Australia and Bangladesh.
The reception was attended by representatives of the diplomatic community, members of Bangladesh’s cultural community and Directors of the Dhaka Lit Fest.
The Australian High Commission is proud to continue its partnership with the Dhaka Lit Fest, said the High Commission on Monday.
As an event that showcases the works of Bangladeshis from diverse backgrounds, and brings writers and thinkers from all around the world to Bangladesh, the Dhaka Lit Fest embodies the values of respect for cultural diversity that Australia holds dear, it said.
Niblett welcomed Australian Zohab Zee Khan, a participant in this year’s
Dhaka Lit Fest.
Khan is an educator, spoken word poet, and hip-hop artist, who was
Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014.
He has performed around the world including throughout South Asia.
Drawing on his personal experiences as a fourth generation Australian of South Asian heritage, Khan performed a number of works of poetry promoting the values of tolerance and inclusion.
Award-winning French guitarist Thibault Cauvin, widely acclaimed for his passion and creativity, will perform at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday evening.
The classical guitar concert will begin at 6:30pmat the National Theater Hall of the Academy while gate will remain open from 5:50pm, organizers said on Monday.
Alliance Française de Dhaka with the support of the Embassy of France to Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Oryx Bangladesh and Gandharbpur Water Treatment SNC will host the event.
Ambassador of France to Bangladesh Jean-Marin Schuh will attend the event as the chief guest.
Thibault Cauvin was born with a guitar in his hands, given by his father, himself a musician and he followed the natural path from then on.
He first studied at the Bordeaux Conservatoire and later at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur, graduating with honors.
Quite playful, he became passionate about international competitions, the only springboard for an artist who wants to make a career.
Widely acclaimed for his youth, he would not stop winning prizes and aged 20, he had won a total of 36 prizes (13 first prizes) – more than any guitar player.
He got more and more concert engagements.
Cauvin — whom Telerama described as “the champion of classical guitar” and Los Angeles Times described as “just incredible, don’t miss him” — is the only guitarist in the world to win 13 international first prizes.
His brilliant, inspired and eloquent playing puts up a feast to the ears breaking boundaries and admixing audiences from different places.
With his latest stop being Dhaka, Cauvin has been touring extensively for 15 years now, playing in the most prestigious halls in the world — virtually 120 countries, 1000 solo concerts with his guitar stirring the New York Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the London Queen Elizabeth Hall, to name a few.
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) - A photography exhibition titled ‘Humans of ICPD: Faces of Bangladesh’ by photographer Naymuzzaman Prince began at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) on Saturday.
Planning Minister MA Mannan attended the opening ceremony as the chief guest while UNFPA Bangladesh representative Asa Torkelsson as a special guest.
Nairobi Summit 2019 marks 25 years of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) since its first organisation in 1994 in Cairo.
As a developing country, Bangladesh has achieved a lot of success in different areas, especially on human rights, population, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and sustainable development.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is playing an important role in achieving those improvements. They are working closely together with different stakeholders where the rights of women and girls are key to development.
This photo exhibition puts a human face to the ICPD agenda in Bangladesh, which is expected to generate momentum ahead of the Nairobi Summit to accelerate the progress of the ICPD agenda. Through powerful portraits and vignettes of people from Bangladesh, the exhibition is not only informing key stakeholders about the ICPD Programme of Action’s principles but also highlighting why ICPD is so important if Bangladesh is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Naymuzzaman Khan Prince is a social photographer and visual storyteller, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His main areas of interest are socio-cultural subjects such as women and women rights, culture and identity, worker, health, population and development, environment and climate change, politics and political violence, religion etc.
The exhibition will remain open from 3pm to 9pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9am to 12pm and 5pm to 8pm (Friday and Saturday) till November 12 with Sunday being closed.
The inventive, animated Spider-Man remix "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is getting a sequel.
Sony Pictures on Friday set a follow-up to the 2018 Oscar-winning hit for an April 2022 release. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller also celebrated the announcement on Twitter and signaled that they, too, are returning.
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" grossed $375.5 million worldwide. Its deconstructionist approach to Spider-Man earned some of the best reviews of any recent superhero film, and won the Academy Award for best animated feature.
Sony and Marvel Studios recently parted ways on "Spider-Man" before making up . Marvel is set to produce the third film in the live-action "Spider-Man" series.
Ellen Burstyn hoped her Oscar-winning performance in the 1974 film in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" would lead to more Hollywood stories told from a woman's perspective.
It didn't happen quickly, but over the past couple of years there's been an increase in female-driven films and women's voices in the wake of the #MeToo movement that has put a spotlight on sexual misconduct.
The 86-year old actress and long advocate for women calls the impact of the #MeToo movement "a long time coming" and says boundaries of what's acceptable creatively still need to be worked out.
Recently, Burstyn spoke with The Associated Press about changes in Hollywood, highlights of her seven-decade career, #MeToo, bad behavior and her turn as a host for the rebooted "Inside the Actors Studio," which airs on Ovation TV .
An episode airs Sunday in which she interviews Al Pacino.
"When we did the interview, he was - he was Al. He's a genius. He's unpredictable and deep and profound and funny and there's nobody like him," Burstyn said.
Pacino had appeared on the show with host James Lipton in 2006, but Burstyn says she was able to relate to him on a different wavelength.
"Jim was a very skilled interviewer," Burstyn said. "But Al and I have had the same training with the same teacher (Lee Strasberg) and almost the same number of years of career. And so, I can appreciate him in a different way. And it affected the kinds of questions I asked him."
She did leave one thing out — the show's iconic final segment.
"You know we didn't do the 10 questions. Somehow, we just didn't get to it. It was a freewheeling kind of event, and it had its own structure, so I never got to ask him his favorite swear words," Burstyn said.
Burstyn has had roles in iconic films "The Exorcist" and "The Last Picture Show." She starred in "Requiem for a Dream," and "Resurrection." She saw the Martin Scorsese-directed "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" as a gateway to changing attitudes on how women see the world. In the movie, Burstyn played a widowed mother trying to make a new life. The movie was the basis for the TV sitcom "Alice."
"Working with Marty and being able to achieve what I wanted in a film in terms of who would direct, who would be cast in it and how it would be done — the intention of the film, which was to tell her story from a woman's point of view, and Marty succeeded in doing. So that was a huge change," she said.
But perhaps the biggest change she's seen lately in Hollywood has been how women are treated.
"I think there's been behavior by people in power that has long been tolerated that is now being called into question," Burstyn said. "A line like, 'when you're a star you can do anything with them you want,' is the definition of abuse of power and we should not be surprised if somebody makes a statement like that in relation to a woman that they manifested in other areas too," she said.
Dozens of entertainment industry figures — from actors to network bosses — have been accused of sexual misconduct. Most notably among them is movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who faces a January trial in Manhattan on charges he raped a woman in a hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He has pleaded not guilty and denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Burstyn applauds justice but thinks that sometimes the boundaries are not overly clear.
"At the same time, I think we have to be careful to not swing the pendulum so far the other way that everybody is afraid to make a creative move. I've seen that happen, you know where somebody is asking permission to touch someone in a scene. I think that's, you know, we have to know what is really acceptable without going too far in restricting (them)," she said.
Burstyn also thinks that some behaviors, inexcusable by today's standards, were at one time acceptable. As an example, she mentioned seeing minstrel shows at the theater as a girl in Detroit.
"It never occurred to me that there was anything wrong with that. That was perfectly, what seemed normal. Now, I realize when I hear when somebody has been caught with a photographer in blackface 40 years ago, that was a different time," she said.
Burstyn doesn't make excuses for inconsiderate behavior.
"Now, it's absolutely — it would be horrendous if somebody did that," she said.