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At Magnetic Fields Nomads, some answers for music festivals grappling with challenges of COVID-19 era
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At Magnetic Fields Nomads, some answers for music festivals grappling with challenges of COVID-19 era

While the past year has stripped audiences of the opportunities to enjoy live events, festivals such as Magnetic Fields are trying new approaches that might serve as blueprints for others.

Orwell Prizes 2021: Longlists for all four categories announced; winners to be declared around 25 June
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Orwell Prizes 2021: Longlists for all four categories announced; winners to be declared around 25 June

The Orwell Foundation honours writers for their works that largely fall under the four categories of political writing, political fiction, journalism, and exposing Britain’s social evils.

Revisiting Lathmar Holi, the colourful recreation of Radha-Krishna's relationship in villages of Nandgaon, Barsana
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Revisiting Lathmar Holi, the colourful recreation of Radha-Krishna's relationship in villages of Nandgaon, Barsana

Lathmar Holi is essentially the story of the two love-locked villages of Nandgaon and Barsana in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, believed to be the birthplaces of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha, respectively.

The Friday List: From dance therapy workshop to lecture on slave trade history, your weekly calendar of virtual events
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The Friday List: From dance therapy workshop to lecture on slave trade history, your weekly calendar of virtual events

Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.

In the most 'diverse' year for BAFTA, Nomadland, Rocks, The Mauritanian among top contenders for the awards
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In the most 'diverse' year for BAFTA, Nomadland, Rocks, The Mauritanian among top contenders for the awards

For the first time, the British Academy has introduced an extra round of voting in all categories to strive for greater diversity.

Myanmar youth battle internet shutdown with Molotov, an explosive underground newsletter
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Myanmar youth battle internet shutdown with Molotov, an explosive underground newsletter

Thirty-year-old Lynn Thant, not his real name, started the underground newsletter and gave it the edgy name Molotov to appeal to young people.

Facebook's ad algorithms learn from and perpetuate gender disparities, finds new study
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Facebook's ad algorithms learn from and perpetuate gender disparities, finds new study

Men were more likely to see Domino’s pizza delivery driver job ads on Facebook, while women were more likely to see Instacart shopper ads.

Remembering Anne Beatts: Fellow Saturday Night Live writer Rosie Shuster recalls colleague's wit, courage
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Remembering Anne Beatts: Fellow Saturday Night Live writer Rosie Shuster recalls colleague's wit, courage

If the glass ceiling didn't quite break in the 1970s, Beatts threw some big rocks. Shuster remembers one of their first meetings with Michaels, Shuster's husband at the time, when Beatts insisted they be paid as much as the male writers.

Black journalists covering Derek Chauvin's trial navigate difficult feelings, urge organisations to help employees cope
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Black journalists covering Derek Chauvin's trial navigate difficult feelings, urge organisations to help employees cope

The journalists not only watch videos of Floyd’s death during the trial, they’ve had to study them.

Amid skepticism, campaigns aimed at Black Americans across US persuade people to take the COVID-19 vaccine
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Amid skepticism, campaigns aimed at Black Americans across US persuade people to take the COVID-19 vaccine

With millions of dollars in assistance from President Joe Biden’s administration, local groups have urged Black Americans to roll up their sleeves for shots and set aside what for some is a shared historical distrust of science and government.

Watch: March's Firstpost Book Club | Reading along with Priya-Alika Elias
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Watch: March's Firstpost Book Club | Reading along with Priya-Alika Elias

For March, the club read Samantha Schweblin's 2014 novel, Fever Dream, translated from the Spanish into English by Megan McDowell.

Dutch garden Keukenhof welcomes visitors for tulip season after end of prolonged coronavirus induced lockdown
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Dutch garden Keukenhof welcomes visitors for tulip season after end of prolonged coronavirus induced lockdown

The Keukenhof lost an entire season last year to the pandemic as the first deadly wave of infections swept over the Netherlands. Its scheduled 20 March opening this year never happened because of the country’s strict virus lockdown.

Derek Chauvin trial puts Court TV's revival in the public eye
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Derek Chauvin trial puts Court TV's revival in the public eye

Originally started by journalist Steven Brill in 1991, Court TV became known for coverage of sensational trials involving OJ Simpson and the Menendez brothers.

Peter Manso, known for his biographies on Norman Mailer and Marlon Brando, dies at 80
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Peter Manso, known for his biographies on Norman Mailer and Marlon Brando, dies at 80

Manso was ensconced in the social and literary life of Provincetown for many years and closely followed the trial of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer who was killed in nearby Truro in 2002.

PEN Awards 2021: Barbara Ehrenreich, Ross Gay, Victoria Chang among winners of coveted literary prize
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PEN Awards 2021: Barbara Ehrenreich, Ross Gay, Victoria Chang among winners of coveted literary prize

During a virtual ceremony 8 April night, Gay’s Be Holding: A Poem received the $75,000 Jean Stein Award for a book-length work which has “broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form.”

'Hollywood has a dehumanisation problem': Producer Scott Rudin bullying exposé met with silence
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'Hollywood has a dehumanisation problem': Producer Scott Rudin bullying exposé met with silence

Rudin, one of the most successful and powerful producers, with a heap of Oscars and Tonys to show for it, has long been known for torturous treatment of an ever-churning parade of assistants.

Musical about an Atlantic rowing journey makes history as first to premier without stage production
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Musical about an Atlantic rowing journey makes history as first to premier without stage production

All the actors and musicians of the musical Row were never in the same room together due to COVID-19 restrictions. And none of the music had been recorded prior to lockdown.

Art Basel Hong Kong: Ninth edition to be held in hybrid format, with some galleries presenting works via satellite booths
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Art Basel Hong Kong: Ninth edition to be held in hybrid format, with some galleries presenting works via satellite booths

With an aim to amplify the international visibility of its exhibitors, the fair this year will connect galleries digitally with a global audience through its Art Basel Live: Hong Kong initiative.

A 400-year-old botched nose job shows how little feelings, perceptions about transplants have changed
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A 400-year-old botched nose job shows how little feelings, perceptions about transplants have changed

21st-century transplant doctors and patients continue to grapple with the ethics and practicalities of altering the body.