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Wacken Open Air 2016
Wacken
By Ralf Falbe
05 Aug 2016

Audio-Slideshow: Wacken in Germany is one of the most important Heavy Metal Festivals in the world with more than 70.000 visitors.

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Nattali Rize
Bersenbrück
By Ralf Falbe
30 Jul 2016

Top Act Nattali Rize (Australia) performes at the Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbrück, Germany.

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TALPAPRIL2017-18
London
By Tom Price
13 Nov 2015

Still photography selection from various assignments and projects.

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Mighty Oaks
Lüneburg
By Ralf Falbe
08 Aug 2015

Folk Rock Band The Mighty Oaks from Berlin at the Summertale´s Festival near Lüneburg in Germany.

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Patti Smith
Lüneburg
By Ralf Falbe
07 Aug 2015

Punk rock singer-songwriter Patti Smith performs live at the Summertale´s Festival, Lüneburg, Germany.

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Wacken Heavy Metal
Wacken
By Ralf Falbe
31 Jul 2015

Wacken Open Air Festival 2015 near Hamburg in Germany. Attracting 70,000 vistors from all over the world, it is one of the most important Heavy Metal events in the world.

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Mud Surfing During Heavy Metal Festival
Wacken
By Ralf Falbe
31 Jul 2015

Female Metalhead surfs in the mud after 3 days of rain on the area during the Heavy Metal Festival "Wacken Open Air 2015" in Wacken, North Germany. Wacken O. A. is one of the biggest Heavy Metal events in the world with 70.000 fans from everywhere.

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Prizren's Dervish Fakirs: The Newroz ...
Prizren, Kosovo
By Michele Pero
08 Jul 2015

Ancient Shiite rituals were brought into the Balkans in the 15th century during the Ottoman invasion and dominion and have been kept intact up till our day, representing a parallel and very deep-rooted Islam amongst the people. In the town of Prizren in Kosovo there is the tariqa Rufai. To celebrate the Newroz, or Nevruz, the beginning of the new year which coincides with the arrival of spring, all the dervishes in the area meet up here to celebrate a propitiatory ritual. The ritual lasts five hours and is extremely exacting. The followers must go through a great test of physical and mental exertion. The dervishes pray, dance and sing and try to attain a state of trance. At the culmination of the ritual the feats of Fakirism take place. Whilst some of the dervishes play and sing, the shaikh takes long skewers and begins to pierce the mouths of the dervishes who willingly undergo this test, beginning with the children. The older dervishes, the braver and more expert, are pierced with a real sword. A blade is placed on their throat and the shaikh climbs on top of it. The ritual ends when the dervishes remove the skewers. Just a few drops of blood appear on their cheeks.

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Hinduism in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
14 Apr 2015

More than 80% of the population in Nepal is Hindu and the rites and rituals influence all aspects of people's lives. This photo collection provides a brief glimpse into a few of the defining moments in Hindu life from the rite of passage of the boy, through an example of one of the numerous festivals to death and cremation.

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Hinduism in Nepal 01
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
02 Apr 2015

Young Hindu boy supported by his family goes through the rite of passage at the Golden Temple in Kathmandu on 2 April 2015.

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Hinduism in Nepal 02
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
02 Apr 2015

Young Hindu boy goes through the rite of passage at the Golden Temple in Kathmandu on 2 April 2015.

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Hinduism in Nepal 03
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
02 Apr 2015

Grandmother and grandchild at rite of passage ceremony for brother/grandson at the Golden Temple in Kathmandu on 2 April 2015.

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Hinduism in Nepal 04
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
02 Apr 2015

Woman stirs a fire pot at a Hindu religious festival in Kathamandu on 2 April 2015. Fire plays an important role in the worship of deities through sacrifices and offerings.

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Hinduism in Nepal 05
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
02 Apr 2015

Two Hindu men stir the fire pots at a Hindu religious festival in Kathamandu on 2 April 2015. Fire plays a role in the worship of important deities through sacrifices and offerings.

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Hinduism in Nepal 06
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
02 Apr 2015

A man from the Brahmin caste taking part in a Hindu festival in Kathmandu on 2 April 2015. Despite a move from the traditional caste system towards a more economically based class system, the Bramins are still well represented in the top layer of the Nepalese society.

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Hinduism in Nepal 07
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 Mar 2015

Burial rites performed at the Hindu Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu on 11 March 2015. A nearby hospice located on the temple grounds represent for many Hindus in Kathmandu the last stop. The body is then wrapped in cloth and brought to the river to be ritually washed before it is brought to the funeral pyre and burned.

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Hinduism in Nepal 08
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 Mar 2015

The wealthier Hindus have their deceased family members cremated on the piedestals along the river bank at the Hindu Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. The body is placed on a funeral pyre and cremated. The remains are unceremoniously swept into the river, once the family is gone and the fire is out. Kathmandu 11 March 2015.

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Thaipusam Festival 08
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
09 Feb 2015

Thaipusam festival Kavadi bearer with his cheeks pierced as a form of offering and penance.

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Thaipusam Festival 02
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
09 Feb 2015

Devotees smash coconuts for good luck and humility on the final eve of the Festival Thaipusam in Penang, Malaysia

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Thaipusam Festival 05
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
09 Feb 2015

Hindu devotees attempt to steer the cows pulling the silver chariot containing the statue of Lord Murugan during the festival of Thaipusam in Penang, Malaysia

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Thaipusam Festival 03
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
04 Feb 2015

Celebrants of the Festival Thaipusam pay respect to the cows pulling the silver chariot carrying the statue of the Lord Murugan

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Thaipusam Festival 04
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
04 Feb 2015

The statue of the Lord Murugan is pulled on a silver chariot during the Festival Thaipusam on the island of Penang, Malaysia

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Penang
By Kevin Quinn
03 Feb 2015

Celebrants making their between the decorative stalls on Gottlieb Road in Penang, Malaysia

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Thaipusam Festival 17
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
03 Feb 2015

A devotee carries his Kavadi on the way to Thannirmalai Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

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Penang
By Kevin Quinn
03 Feb 2015

A devotee carries his Kavadi on the way to Thannirmalai Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

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Thaipusam Festival 01
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
02 Feb 2015

A young girl searches for the right balloon at the Thaipusam Festival

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Thaipusam Festival 06
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
02 Feb 2015

Thaipusam festival Kavadi bearer with his cheeks pierced as a form of offering and penance.

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Thaipusam Festival 07
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
02 Feb 2015

Celebrant at the Hindu festival Thaipusam in Penang, Malaysia

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Thaipusam Festival 09
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
02 Feb 2015

Thannirmalai Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple overlooking the city of Penang, Malaysia, during the annual Thaipusam festival

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Thaipusam Festival 10
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
02 Feb 2015

Inside the Thannirmalai Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple during the annual festival of Thaipusam, in Penang, Malaysia

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Thaipusam Festival 11
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
02 Feb 2015

Devotees during the festival of Thaipusam climb over 500 stairs- some bearing pots of milk as an offering- to the Thannirmalai Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple in Penang, Malaysia

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Thaipusam Festival 12
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
02 Feb 2015

Thaipusam festival Kavadi bearer with his cheeks pierced as a form of offering and penance.

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Thaipusam Festival 13
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
02 Feb 2015

A young devotee at the festival Thaipusam on the island of Penang, Malaysia

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Thaipusam Festival 14
Penang
By Kevin Quinn
02 Feb 2015

A boy gets his head shaved as a sign of devotion before a pilgrimage to the Thannirmalai Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple during the festival Thaipusam on the island of Penang, Malaysia

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Thaipusam - 272 steps
Batu caves
By Ahmad Yusni Mohammad Said
01 Feb 2015

This is a set of pictures showing Hindu devotee at the hardest part of pilgrimage, the 272 steps to reach the sacred Batu Caves temple to place their kavadi at the feet of the deity statue.

 

Hindu devotees climb the stairs to reach the temple cave during Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Thousands of Hindus gather to participate in the annual Thaipusam festival of penance honouring Lord Murugan. During Thaipusam day, devotees will fulfilled their vows by carrying 'kavadi' (burden) to Lord Murugan.  They will make an arduous climbing up the 272 steps leading up to the temple cave and deposited at the feet of the Lord Murugan to purify themselves.

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Malaysia: Hindus Observe Thaipusam Pi...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
By Ahmad Yusni Mohammad Said
01 Feb 2015

Hindu devotees climb the stairs to reach the temple cave during Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Thousands of Hindus gather to participate in the annual Thaipusam festival of penance honouring Lord Murugan. During Thaipusam day, devotees will fulfill their vows by carrying 'kavadi' (burdens) to Lord Murugan.  They make an arduous climb up the 272 steps leading up to the temple cave and deposit their 'kavadi' at the feet of the Lord Murugan to purify themselves.

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Body and Space: 'Contact' Improvisati...
Goa, India
By Nikhil Bhowmick
31 Jan 2015

The story of contact is unique in its genre. This movement-based art form, offers an experience that may challenge the performer to redefine his physical space, his self-awareness, and simply experience a deep connection with him or herself and others. Brought to India in the past few years, it has experienced an invigorating support by the Indian dance community. The Goa Contact festival, which takes place every year, gives away thirty plus scholarships for Indian dance students and dancers to further their awareness about Contact.
Erica Kaufman is one of the leading figures of Contact since the eighties. As a dancer, contact artist and yogini, she has extensively researched the ins and outs of physical movement across continents. While Erica gives us a brief definition of all the possibilities that could be contact, we also follow Lional Lishoy, a young actor, contact artist, music composer and dancer from Kerala, living in Bangalore, who is here as one of the scholarship trustees of the festival. Lional has gained the support of many from the international Contact community to become an anchor for contact practitioners in Bangalore, where it has emerged as an "alternative" art form.
His commentary is about his journey through contact, and what he expects out of it.

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Thaipusam 02
Batu Caves, Malaysia
By Ahmad Yusni Mohammad Said
31 Jan 2015

Thousands of Hindus gather to participate in the annual Thaipusam festival of penance honouring Lord Murugan. During Thaipusam day, devotees will fulfill their vows by carrying 'kavadi' (burdens) to Lord Murugan. They make an arduous climb up the 272 steps leading up to the temple cave and deposit their 'kavadi' at the feet of the Lord Murugan to purify themselves.

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Thaipusam 05
Batu Caves, Malaysia
By Ahmad Yusni Mohammad Said
31 Jan 2015

Thousands of Hindus gather to participate in the annual Thaipusam festival of penance honouring Lord Murugan. During Thaipusam day, devotees will fulfill their vows by carrying 'kavadi' (burdens) to Lord Murugan. They make an arduous climb up the 272 steps leading up to the temple cave and deposit their 'kavadi' at the feet of the Lord Murugan to purify themselves.