• Sofia Philharmonic presents stars without masks

      Sofia Philharmonic presents stars without masks

      Maestro Nayden Todorov introduced some of the artists scheduled to be guests of Sofia Philharmonic during the 2020-2021 season as part of its online project Without Masks. World-renowned soprano Diana Damrau is to open the season under the baton of Pavel Balev on 5 September. Among the soloists are pianist Martha Argerich (Argentina), tenor Juan Diego Florez, Qidon Kremer, Valentina Lisitsa, Frederic Chaslin, Oleg Maisenberg, Maxim Vengerov, as well as the young but already very popular violinist Ray Chen. The postponed concert starring Shlomo Mintz will take place on 11 October.

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    • Uplifting illustrations promote hope during the COVID-19 pandemic

      Uplifting illustrations promote hope during the COVID-19 pandemic

      During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, anxiety, and shared feelings of powerlessness, a group of artists are posting daily, uplifting illustrations to give people a moment of hope. Helmed by nonprofit group Fine Acts, which brings together activists and creatives for social good campaigns, the Spring of Hope project has been sharing one illustration per day, giving a daily visual moment of hope during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    • 95% of US artists are without income because of the pandemic

      95% of US artists are without income because of the pandemic

      Artist Relief, the sweeping emergency aid initiative recently launched by seven arts funders, released findings from its new survey assessing how artists are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the results paint a bleak picture, with 95% of respondents reporting loss of income due to the pandemic.

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    • Michail Michailov: Just keep on going

      Michail Michailov: Just keep on going

      I believe that a new way of thinking, new perceptions and experiences can take us, step by step, to the answer of the fundamental question who we really are, says performance artist Michail Michailov in an interview with Maria Vassileva.

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    • Dancing in the streets of Amsterdam

      Dancing in the streets of Amsterdam

      Those who walk or cycle through the empty streets of Amsterdam these days can meet a dancing member of Dutch National Ballet. Six of the marvelous dancers, independently of each other and in completely different public places in the city, will perform out in the open their parts in a piece of choreography inspired by the coronavirus lockdown.

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    • Italy's sights, deprived of visitors, go online

      Italy's sights, deprived of visitors, go online

      Italy has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world, it relies on its cultural heritage and the tourists who come and visit and fall in love with it. But under lockdown, its cultural institutions are now struggling to come up with ideas. Some are experimenting with virtual tours, while others are displaying art in their windows, yet all are struggling to survive. 

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    • Montreux Jazz Festival cancelled due to virus

      Montreux Jazz Festival cancelled due to virus

      One of the world’s most iconic music festivals, the Montreux Jazz, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the first time since 1967 that the festival won’t take place, organisers said on Friday. The concerts were set to been staged on the shores of Lake Geneva from 3-18 July, featuring a line-up including Lionel Richie and Lenny Kravitz.

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