Tag: Culture and Press

The spirit of Gandhi

A priceless series of letters written by Mahatma Gandhi and a signed cloth were presented to the President of India Mrs Pratibha Devisingh Patil at…

The art of diplomacy

Visit any embassy chancery or ambassadorial residence and diplomats will tell you that the walls do speak. Portraits of national heroes, kings, queens and landscapes…

Afghanistan’s cultural heroes

Culture has been an abiding passion for Afghanistan’s Ambassador to London Homayoun Tandar, a Sorbonne-educated archaeologist, who led the outcry against the Taliban’s destruction of…

What your embassy says about you…

The public has a rather warped view of the shrouded world behind embassy doors, as cultural attachés recently discovered at this year’s Frieze Art Fair….

Culture Matters

Culture has the power to unify or divide, but however you look at it, culture matters. The dualistic nature of culture was on display at…

The Mighty Quinn

Those curious about the huge, brass works of art that have materialised around London gathered at the Italian Cultural Institute to meet the sculptor, Lorenzo…

EU heads wield pedal power

It was a hot and steamy start to the Swedish Presidency. Putting a new spin on the institution, the Swedish Embassy launched its ‘green presidency’…

Diplomacy in 3D

“This is better than a pyjama party!” smiled Slovene Ambassador Iztok Jarc as he greeted his colleagues, all donning 3D glasses to view Mimicry, a…

Peace portraits

Trafalgar Square has special significance for South Africans and for Norwegians. Every Christmas the City of Oslo sends a Christmas Tree to the people of…

Pop tsar sings at Embassy

Valeriya unplugged at the Russian Ambassador’s Residence They call her the ‘Red Madonna’ – and while Russian superstar Valeriya might be a platinum blonde with…