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DW Festival Concert: The Heimbach chamber music festival

In this edition, we bring you a delightfully diverse evening of chamber music, all recorded live at the Heimbach "Spannungen" festival in June 2021. Known today as the "Bayreuth of Chamber Music," Heimbach has long been a highlight of our Deutsche Welle Festival Concert series. The performance ... Read full article »

India: 10 films and TV series that capture its essence

As India celebrates Republic Day on January 26, we showcase ten films, documentaries and series that take a critical look at the state of the nation. This year, India marks 75 years of independence from British rule, with celebrations culminating on Independence Day on August 15. Here is a list of films, ... Read full article »

Stars mourn death of French designer Thierry Mugler

Having dressed Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian among others, Thierry Mugler is best known for his power dressing creations in the 1980s and was respected in LGBTQ+ circles. Manfred Thierry Mugler, the French designer and 'godfather of 1980s power dressing,' has died aged 73. His death ... Read full article »

Ski season in Europe: Optimism despite omicron

Despite the omicron variant, Europe's ski resorts are fairly busy. Austria is seeing a disappointing season, but in Switzerland visitor numbers are exceeding pre-pandemic levels. Lifts at a standstill, empty mountain chalets and hotels — this is what the ski season looked like in large parts of ... Read full article »

From 'ice warriors' to commercial winter mountaineering

Until a few years ago, winter mountaineering was the sole domain of the toughest of extreme professional climbers. But now commercial expedition organizers are starting to get in on the act. "Whichever style you decide to climb, winter expeditions on 8,000m peaks are anything but a walk in the park ... Read full article »

A brief history of Afghan women's rights

For over a century, Afghanistan's rulers and ethnic groups have been arguing about what women should do and how they should be. Women haven't had much say. "I was working for the Defense Ministry. I know those women are at high risk. They were in a really, really bad situation, struggling to find ... Read full article »

'Institutional racism': Experts from Cameroon denied visas

After their visas were rejected, Cameroonian researchers may only participate online in a colonial looted art workshop organized by Munich's ethnological Museum Fünf Kontinente. For the past two years, Yrine Matchinda and her colleague Lucie Mbogni Nankeng of the University of Dschang have been touring ... Read full article »

What is the craziest placename you have ever heard of?

There are strange placenames around the world. A village in Wales is even called: „Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch“. We want to know what the most unusual placename is that you have heard of? ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’ – this ... Read full article »

Singer Meat Loaf dies at 74

Meat Loaf, the singer best known for the "Bat Out of Hell" album and the song "I'd Do Anything for Love," has died at the age of 74. He also appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows. The US singer Meat Loaf died on Thursday at the age of 74, a statement on his official Facebook page said on Friday. He ... Read full article »

Teen pilot becomes youngest woman to fly solo around the world

A 19-year-old has become the youngest woman to complete a round-the-world journey by plane on her own. She completed the trip in five months despite several obstacles. British-Belgian teenager Zara Rutherford ended her five-month trip flying around the world on Thursday, becoming the youngest woman to ... Read full article »

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