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Sydney, Australia
By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney, Australia
By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney, Australia
By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney, Australia
By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney, Australia
By katherinegriffiths
31 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House - 31st December 2016. Lord Mayor's Party at the Sydney Opera House.

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Jello Biafra
Club Knust, Germany
By Ralf Falbe
03 Aug 2016

Punk singer Jello Biafra (Ex Dead Kennedys) performes live in the club Knust in Hamburg, Germany: "Nazi Trumps Fuck Off!".

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Mad Monks Band Concert
Hamburg, Germany
By Ralf Falbe
22 Dec 2015

Concert Photography - Ska Band "Mad Monks" performs live in Hamburg, Germany.

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Chris Norman
Hamburg, Germany
By Ralf Falbe
15 Nov 2015

Chris Norman, former lead singer of the band 'Smokie', performs with the Chris Norman Band at the club Grosse Freiheit 36 in Hamburg, Germany on November 15, 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and french actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau attends stage greeting for "La Famille BŽlier" (during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and french actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and french actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera speaks with sign language at stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera speaks with sign language at stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and french actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Manila Nightlife
Manila, Philippines
By Ralf Falbe
23 Jan 2015

A singer and band performs at a nightclub in Manila, Philippines.

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Firedance
Boracay, Philippines
By Ralf Falbe
23 Jan 2015

Firedancers on White Beach, Boracay, Philippines.

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Bangkok Street Performer
Bangkok, Thailand
By Ralf Falbe
03 Jan 2015

Street performer, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Afrin Khan, The Princess of Pakistan'...
Lahore, Pakistan
By vincenzo floramo
01 Jan 2015

A crowd of men whistle and cheer when Afrin Khan, alias the “Princess” performs her ’sexy’ dance on the stage at the Alfalah theatre in Lahore. This is not a nightclub or a cabaret show - the theatre is rather a venue for stage drama.

During the two-hour show, actors perform comedy, drama or satire. As part of the show, three girls each perform a short 4-minutes theatrical dance. However, every play must be approved by government censors and every night the show is supervised by a city official.

The lyrics of songs played during the shows are also censored. Dances cannot be too explicit and dress code restricts revealing ’too much’. The Princess is well known in town for her daring and sexually provocative theatrical dancing. In a conservative Pakistani society, sex is hidden and therefore, the Princess attracts a large male audience. Punjabi men flock regularly to the theatre to see her perform. However, she was once banned from performing for a week by the government censors because of sexual connotations she made with a cushion. Afrin Khan is not happy with the censorship, she would like to perform more freely on the stage, but today, in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, it is quite impossible.

The Princess started dancing when she was 13 years old after her family fell on hard times as a result of her father’s ill health and struggle with cancer. She began to perform at wedding ceremonies and became very popular. She was then recognized by a producer who promoted her stage performances. In order to be more attractive, she had breast enhancing surgery and she took supplements to make her figure more voluptuous.

"I started dancing at 13 but my body was not developed so i got breast implants,” she said. “I am also naturally too skinny. I get made fun of. So now I take pills to stay plump, because that is what the audience likes.”

Afrin Khan considers herself a western type of girl who would like to be free to walk in the street wearing a mini skirt - not restricted by the cultural local dress-code. Living in a middle class villa complex on the outskirt of Lahore, she shares a house with her mother and a brother, while her father lives with his parents in another home. She drives a brand new car and dresses in nice clothes. While there is a great demand for her performance without moral qualm, there is another face of society that defies its existence.

"I am a modern girl and I want to be able to wear miniskirts to the mall if I want to,” Afrin said. “But in this country, people may be educated, but they are still so small minded. They will always be hicks even if they move to the cities."

Recently, Afrin Khan played a part in a documentary film, Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan. The documentary tells the story of the marginalized lives of showgirls in Pakistan. On the movie set, Princess could finally perform her provocative dance freely, without censorship. However, in Lahore, where the entrance of the theatre is armed guarded and the audience is individually checked to prevent terrorist attacks, it seems that the Princess will have a long wait before she can fulfill her dreams as an expressive ’sexy’ dancer.

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'Islam Chipsy' Brings Egyptian Electr...
Beirut
By Joe Lukawski
03 Dec 2014

FULLY PRODUCED VIDEO (07:21) -- TEXTLESS AND SUBTITLED VERSIONS AVAILABLE

Egyptian shaaby (pop) music phenomenon Islam Chipsy has begun taking the indie electronic music scene by storm. From the streets of Cairo to international stages, his take on Egyptian wedding-pop, known locally as ‘mahraganat,’ (festival music) combines Arab beats with hardcore drumming and phrenetic electro keyboard melodies that sound like someone's old Nintendo gaming system has been possessed by a flamboyant Egyptian groomsman. Chipsy, however, is a self-taught virtuoso keyboardist and a wonder to watch live.

In December, Islam Chipsy played in Beirut at the Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival while touring in the Middle East and Europe, making stops in France, Germany, Switzerland and in various Scandinavian cities. The global appeal of his music perhaps comes from its proclivity towards all-out partying, however, his stop in Beirut was special.

“People [here] are excited to see us; they have received us well,” he said. “Being in this country is like seeing your brother who wants to know how you are doing. So you feel that you speak with each other through music, not with words.”

Director of the Beirut & Beyond Festival Amani Semaan first heard the young Egyptian artist on YouTube.

“[Lebanese audiences] have heard about him and they know there is something special about him,” she said. “They want to watch him, especially since this kind of music does not exist in Beirut. Islam Chipsy started his career in weddings; he has performed professionally on stage only six or seven times. He only started his professional career effectively only now. Everyone is excited to see him, especially musicians. They are looking forward to discovering something new.”

Hailing from Imbaba, a section of Cairo known for outdoor wedding parties, and also for being very conservative, Chipsy and his two drummers Islam and Khalid have invented just that. Totally improvised, their music is largely the result of Islam Chipsy’s signature playing style, developed while playing in the wedding circuit.

“I started searching and experimenting for two years and without showing anyone what I was doing,” he said. “A friend of mine put me on stage to DJ. It was very weird to have a keyboard on stage without a band. I started this technique as a kind of joke. In weddings people were very crazy. They would take their clothes off and dance. So I went along and used my technique. They responded very well and were on fire. I had a lot of work offers and I started to develop my technique, which became famous.”

However, Islam Chipsy doesn’t chalk up his music to where he and his bandmates come from. Early on, while still playing alongside wedding DJs and beginning to discover just how open people were to new music styles, he was propelled by a wish to see the world.

“Whenever I was asked ‘Why do you do this kind of work?’ I would say that I wish to travel around the world,” he adds. “I didn’t have any papers or anything else but it was a dream that I tried to realize and I succeeded, thanks be to God. When Islam and Khalid participated in this, this gave me more strength and energy and my music was renovated. We were able to create a lot of new music together.”

With two drummers playing loud, full drum sets on stage, and Chipsy in the middle practically beating up his keyboard, the live experience is loud, high-energy, and yet totally danceable. Taking their act from the streets of Imbaba to the stage was a risk for the group, but one that paid off.

“It was rather unusual,” Chipsy said. “Any band needs to have one set of drums, while the rest of the instruments would be tablah or tambourine if it was an oriental band, or you could have a guitar. But to have a keyboard and two sets of drums and be able to accomplish something that a large band cannot was something very difficult. It was a dream but we were able to realize it.”

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Street Performer
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
By Ralf Falbe
10 Aug 2014

Street performer in the evening at Sunny Beach, Bulgaria.

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Table Dancing
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
By Ralf Falbe
09 Aug 2014

A table dancer in a nightclub in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria.

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Radio Beirut Hip-Hop Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Matias Nordal Carlsen
02 Oct 2013

Radio Beirut is a platform for an open mike session with a Hip Hop party that is a fusion between Oriental music and Arabic Hip Hop,presented by a group from Syria and Beirut who are rapping about their daily problems.

by: Matias Nordal Carlsen

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Zip-line And Rappelling At Eiffel Tow...
Norzagaray, Bulacan
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 May 2013

It was in early 2000 when the Guballa family visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The elegance and beauty of the famous tower struck them and vouch to built their own Eiffel Tower in their hometown in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

It was in 2012 when they inaugurated their 110 feet version of Eiffel tower with rapelling and zipline features...

Rappelling at Eiffel Tower which is a multi-purpose high angle rappelling tower has 40ft anchoring point in height with 10ft. by 16 ft. in width. Jumping point height is 36 ft., and 22 ft ; designed for maximum of 7 jumpers or rappellers. Another attraction at the Eiffel tower is the Adventure Resort Zipline Challenge which height of the anchoring entry point of zipline is 40ft. and the stopping/endpoint is 12 feet with stairs base line of 6 ft in height by 4 feet, in width by 8ft.

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Nepal Bullfight
Taruka, Nuwakot, Nepal
By U.S. Editor
13 May 2013

A bullfighting competition is organized in Taruka, Nuwakot, 80 km north of the capital Kathmandu. The traditional event is held yearly at Maghe Sankranti.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (40 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

Backstage and runway images from the Islamic Fashion Show at the CNR Center in Istanbul Turkey. Several shows featuring Islamic designers and companies premiered throughout the weekend.

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Islamic Fashion In Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
By U.S. Editor
11 Apr 2013

In Turkey, the perceived growing Islamization in the country can be seen even in couture. The economy is booming, making Turkey more wealthy than it has ever been in modern history – and designers in capital Istanbul, are quickly meeting the demand in the market for conservative Islamic consumers’ desire for chic, modest fashion.

But though there is growing demand for conservative attire, this is not the case for the significant secular community, as is reflected in recent protests fiercely opposing what demonstrators believe is a growing imposition of Islamic conservatism by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party. Even President Abdullah Gül’s daughter was widely criticized on social media after wearing a headscarf in her wedding.

Despite the unrest, new companies such as wedding dress designer Filiz Yetim, whose gowns retail at up to 4,000 USD, and chain stores like "Armine" continue to spread across the country, selling every day wear and evening gowns to female shoppers.