Bunol, Aug 28 (AP/UNB) — More than 20,000 people are pelting each other with ripe tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" street battle in a town in eastern Spain that has become a major tourist attraction.
The party saw 145 tons of tomatoes offloaded from six trucks into crowds packing Buñol's streets for the midday hour-long battle Wednesday.
The fight leaves participants and the surrounding streets awash in red pulp.
Participants don swimming goggles to protect their eyes.
Organizers hose the streets down moments after the event's end at noon while participants use public showers.
The event, which costs 12 euros (about $13) for a basic ticket, was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.
Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) – Marking the National Mourning Day and 44th death anniversary of Father of the Nation, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) is organising drama shows of Loko Natyadal’s play ‘Mujib Maane Mukti’ across the country from Aug 28-31.
The play is researched, planned, written, composed and directed by prominent theatre activist Liaquat Ali Lucky.
Several shows are scheduled to be staged at 20 venues in Dhaka, Gopalganj, Moulvibazar, Jhenaidah, Gazipur and Brahmanbaria. A total of 100 drama troupes are participating in these shows, BSA officials told UNB.
“‘Mujib Maane Mukti’ is an emotional and poetic tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” Lucky said.
BSA’s month-long schedule also includes several other programmes to observe the National Mourning Day and 44th death anniversary of Bangabandhu.
Dhaka, 26th August (UNB) - Dhaka DocLab, an international documentary co-production project market in Bangladesh which also serves workshops for South Asian filmmakers, inaugurated its 3rd edition on Monday, August 26 at the Liberation War Museum, Agargaon in the capital.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam inaugurated the six-day event as the chief guest. Dhaka DocLab’s director Tareq Ahmed, trustee of Liberation War Museum Mofidul Haque and Founder/President of Documentary Resource Initiative, Kolkata and Indian director, editor and cinematographer Nilotpal Majumdar attended the event as special guests and expressed their opinion on this initiative through their speeches.
Dhaka DocLab’s Chairman and prominent cultural activist Nasir Uddin Yousuf chaired the event.
British documentary filmmaker Emma Davie, managing director of Ventana-Film GmbH Hans Robert Eisenhauer, delegate of Taskovski Films Eva Perez, Chinese producer Pei Tianyi and other international guests were honored in the event by the guests. Representing the Master Class instructors, Emma Davie shared her opinion and welcomed everyone to the workshop which is going to be conducted from Tuesday.
Minister Shahriar appreciated the initiative and invited filmmakers to make more films on the historically significant events of Bangladesh, such as the 15th August assassination and murder of Bangabandhu along with his family.
DocLab’s Chairman Nasir Uddin Yousuf briefed about DocLab’s initiative to organize workshops on documentary filmmaking all over Bangladesh and informed that it has already covered few divisional cities.
The six-day event has been categorized in promising segments, such as mentoring of the participants' projects, film screenings, one-on-one meetings, pitching of the projects and more. Various renowned names from the local and international documentary film circuit are scheduled to attend during the occasion, including twenty renowned documentary makers, producers, television broadcasters, film distributors, and representatives of film financing companies.
The eight instructors who will take different seminars and Master Classes during these six days are: Audrius Stonys, filmmaker, Lithuania; Ryota Kotani, executive producer, NHK, Japan; Karolina Lidin, consultant, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Denmark; Nilotpal Majumdar, chairman, Docedge Kolkata, India; Jean Paul F Pauwels, managing director, CONGOO bvba, Belgium; Emil Joseph, Editor, UK; Emma Davie, filmmaker, Edinburgh College of Art, UK; and Boris Mitic, filmmaker, Dribbling Pictures Ltd, Serbia.
‘A Mandolin in Exile’ by Rafiqul Anowar (Bangladesh), ‘Back to Home’ - Upali Gamlath (Sri Lanka), ‘Discount Workers‘- Ammar Aziz (Pakistan), ‘Fishfinger Seductions’ - Sarvnik Kaur (India), ‘The Secret Ancestral Village’ - Torsha Banerjee (India), ’Basu's Ecosystem’ - Ekramul Kabir (Bangladesh), ‘Punch Me Hard’ - Biswajit Das (India), ‘Beyond All The Colours’ - Saiful Wadud Helal (Bangladesh/Canada), ‘Murshida’ - Moupia Mukherjee (India), ‘Songs of Sunflower’ - Abid Sarker Shohag (Bangladesh), ‘Outsider’ - Kanishka Sonthalia (India), ‘Wishes of Thimphu’ - Arun Bhattarai (Bhutan), ‘Dolls Don’t Die’ - Ranajit Ray (India), ‘Waiting For Winter’ - Farid Ahmad (Bangladesh), ‘NOC’ - Qazi Krishnakali Islam (Bangladesh), ‘Settled to Displace’ - Ripan Kumar Das (Bangladesh), and ‘Two Daughters and the memory of their Father’ - Shopno Samudra (Bangladesh)- have been the final selected participants. From all these projects, ‘Back to Home’ - Upali Gamlath (Sri Lanka), ‘Discount Workers’ - Ammar Aziz (Pakistan), ‘Punch Me Hard’ - Biswajit Das (India), ‘Wishes of Thimphu’ - Arun Bhattarai (Bhutan), and NOC - Qazi Krishnakali Islam (Bangladesh) are awarded with scholarship support to attend Dhaka DocLab. This scholarship includes round trip air travel, waiver of fees, and accommodation during their stay in Bangladesh as part of the lab. Unfortunately, Ammar Aziz from Pakistan will not be able to attend the event due to visa related issues, according to the organizers.
The inaugural session ended with screening of the documentary film ‘Bridges of Time’, directed by Lithuanian maker Audrius Stonys. He also briefed about the film to the audiences, prior to the screening.
Dhaka Independent Film Network (DIFN) is organizing the 3rd edition of DocLab in this year, which has been organizing the event since 2017. The event will comprise a 4-day mentoring along with a 2-day documentary project pitching sessions. The budget of this six-day-long international workshop is set at Tk 35 lakh. Government and non-governmental organizations, including the Cosmos Foundation, the Bengal Foundation and the Access to Information Project (a2i), along with the Government of Bangladesh are cooperating with this initiative.
The 3rd Edition of Dhaka DocLab will end on 31st August, 2019.
Dhaka, 25th August (UNB) – World famous American humor magazine MAD has decided to not be sold anymore on newsstands by this year, instead relying on reprinting classic contents from its nearly 67-year history.
The publication of Bangladesh’s oldest satirical magazine Unmad was inspired from MAD; thus they paid their tribute portraying their aesthetical correlation to the soon-to-be retired publication, through a unique exhibition titled ‘Tribute to Mad Cartoon’ at Drik Gallery in the city from 23rd to 25th August.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Unmad’s editor and one of the most renowned cartoonists of Bangladesh Ahsan Habib along with his colleagues and fans on Friday. Unmad’s assistant editors Morshed Mishu and Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy, Dhaka Comics’ publishers and Unmad’s executive and associate editors Mehedi Haque and Nasreen Sultana Mitu attended the event.
The exhibition featured different kinds of creative cartoon presentations, such as hand-sketched and digital cartoons, double exposure art, glass paintings and figurines by established artists of the country and the promising newcomers, as well.
All the wonderful artworks shared two common figures- the ever smiling mascot of MAD with his missing tooth, Alfred E Neuman- and Unmad’s famous cheeky mascot, whose creation was highly inspired from the mentioned character. The entire exhibition portrayed the imaginary aesthetic and satirical bonding between these two iconic cartoon characters, through all the presentations.
“MAD was the inspiration behind the birth of our Unmad- so we could not let it go without any tribute from our part. We are highly grateful for what they have always conveyed through humor and satire. This exhibition is an emotional tribute, from Unmad to the MAD”, said the exhibition’s organizer magazine Unmad’s Editor and country’s renowned cartoonist Ahsan Habib.
Mentioning about the aesthetic bonding between the two, he added “When I first read MAD in 1975, I got immediately moved by it because of the differences it portrayed through the contents. Unmad started its journey as country’s dedicated satire magazine in 1978, which was highly motivated from it. We wanted to let them know about our existence and gratefulness for the inspirations, thus we sent one of our copies to the publisher of MAD William Gaines in 1980 and he really appreciated it.”
Started as a comic book, MAD became a widely influential satirical media with making significant impact on the cultural landscape of the 20th century. It publishes satire on all aspects of life and popular culture, politics, entertainment, and public figures. Its format is divided into a number of recurring segments such as TV and movie parodies, as well as freeform articles. MAD's mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, is typically the focal point of the magazine's cover, with his face often replacing that of a celebrity or character who is lampooned within the issue.
The exhibition ended on Sunday, and the magazine MAD will effectively be pulled from newsstands in August 2019, after the release of its 9th issue.
Dhaka, Aug 21 (AP/UNB) - There was a time not that long ago when designers were tearing out anything terracotta-colored, whether it was tile, painted walls or upholstered furniture. A darling hue of the '80s, the brownish orange — evocative of terracotta earthenware — was considered dowdy and done.
But like so many examples of decor's fickle temperament, terracotta's come roaring back for another turn in the spotlight.
And this isn't the muddy, old-fashioned color you might be remembering.
New takes on the hue bring in light to deep pinks, or the ochre tones of a sunset. Pair those with today's trending palette of graphite, blues and creams, and you've got something fresh yet friendly.
Benjamin Moore's color specialist Nivara Xaykao says the popularity of pink over the past few years has paved the way for stronger iterations of the palette. But there's also something more happening, she says.
"Because terracotta is literally drawn from the earth, it evokes that connection with nature and craft and working with the hands. It's a warm, rich color, so it has energy to it," she says.
Taking the edge off that intensity are terracotta's brown tones, making it comforting, something welcome in today's stressful world.
If you're thinking of paint, look at Benjamin Moore's Warmed Cognac, Audubon Russet or Saddle Soap. From Behr , there's Glazed Pot and Balcony Sunset. From Farrow & Ball , try Red Earth or Terre d'Egypt.
At the design site Modsy , Vice President of Style Alessandra Wood loves the new earthy neutrals.
"They're warmer and more inviting than some of the cooler color trends of the past few years," she says.
To avoid that '80s/early '90s, overly Southwest feel, she advises: "Opt for sculptural pieces, chic textures like velvet and minimal styling."
On the furniture front, many pieces now are trim, tailored. Upholstered seating, matte-finished metal side tables, nubby textured fabrics; this is furniture with a modern vibe, so the color looks sophisticated. As for accessories and other elements, look for ceramics, glassware and hints of the hue in textile prints or wallcoverings.
Wood mentions the curvy Rory side chair from Harper, available at Chairish . Its mahogany frame is covered in a soft rust velvet. "It makes it feel super contemporary," she says. "And if you really want to lean into the earthy trend, the Terracotta Sperduti print bed from The Inside is an amazingly beautiful print that blends warm earthy tones with a terrazzo vibe."
Hem's Kumo modular sofa system from Norwegian design team Anderssen & Voll is offered in a fiery, rust-hued wool they call Canyon.
Joss & Main's Charlie sofa comes in a sumptuous rust velvet, and there are some lovely patterned rugs here too.
Target has several well-priced side chairs in versions of terracotta, from Ashley, Handy Living and Christopher Knight Home. Also here, Saffron's slipper accent chair, in a simple burnt orange/cream lattice pattern that would fit into many décor styles.
Big Chill , maker of popular retro-style appliances, offers a slim fridge in an earthy hue called "red beige." Kate Marker, a designer in Barrington, Illinois, put one in the kitchen of a rehab project; the fridge's toffee-like pop of color is a great foil for a mix of homey vintage furnishings, salvaged wood pieces and creamy white surfaces.
For smaller accessories, West Elm's terracotta floor vases bring in the handcrafted vibe. A hand-painted pattern of graphite, cream and terracotta makes the Sway Low bowls as much art pieces as serveware. Material Kitchen has a sandy-hued cutting board made of recycled plastic and renewable sugar cane.
Blueprint Lighting's Ludo wall sconce features a wine-glass-inspired aluminum fixture enameled in a rich, deep hue, clasped in an articulating brass arm — perfect for bedside, or to illuminate a cozy nook.
Xaykao says the key to using terracotta successfully is restraint.
"It's great on an accent wall to show off artwork, textiles, open shelving or a beautiful headboard in the master bedroom. It can also be used to evoke materials like wood or leather, so I'd take a cue from the fixtures around you," she says. "For example, terracotta could look lovely in a kitchen with gold hardware. A little bit of the color can go a long way, so it's all about balance. I wouldn't do a whole room in the color, especially if it's a large room — the color needs space to breathe, so mix in some whites, neutrals and paler colors."