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Drawing Japan with the Old Man Mad About Drawing

Olivia Dennis reflects on Hokusai’s devotion to Mount Fuji, to rural Japanese towns and the daily rituals of those living on the fringes of Japanese society.

The Magic of Mexico City’s Underground Metro

Along with five million other daily commuters, Molly McLaughlin takes a ride on Mexico City’s metro, where creativity and organised chaos shine.

The Romance of Porto’s Old Accidental Beauty

Olga Kotnowska walks us through the curving alleyways of old Porto, where a tapestry of coloured tiles creates a pathway through a city aged by time, stories and the wash of the Atlantic Ocean.

Screaming Through the Silence

Greg Holland discovers Yangon’s punk scene—a movement that arose in rebellion to the political and cultural landscape of Burma’s past.

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists Keep Australia’s Heart Beating

Amidst the dry red desert in the centre of Australia, Beth Wilkinson meets a group of Arrernte, Luritja and Walpiri artists who are healing, connecting and sharing stories, one brightly-embroidered soft sculpture at a time.

Welcome to the Jungle: A View of the Los Angeles Art Scene

Curator Annika Kristensen gives us a drive-by tour of LA’s up-and-coming art scene. Through visits to The Broad, 356 Mission, Chinatown and beyond, Annika attempts to make sense of this city built on clichés; a city once described by Jack Kerouac, and later immortalised by the Guns N’ Roses, as a “jungle.”

Keeping Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch) Living

From its time under French rule to its period occupied by Nazi Germany, Martina Hoffmann looks into the complex history that contributes to the threat of Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch) language, and the strategies in place to keep it alive.

Yangon: Conversations About Art

Writer Michelle Aung Thin returns to her birthplace, Myanmar, to find an experimental art scene flourishing in the country’s former capital post the abandonment of nation-wide formal censorship.

A Culinary Intersection Between Aboriginal and Asian Cultures

Eugenia Flynn explains how her culture played out in the kitchen, pantry and on the plate when she was growing up. From Bluchung (a potent condiment consisting of chilli, shrimp paste and aromatics) to Numus (white fish pickled in lemon juice), her stories speak of how food so intimately connects us to our culture, past and home.

Harlem: New York’s Centre for Black Thought and Creativity

For journalist and documentary filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe, the pulse of New York City lies in Harlem: a black mecca home to the legendary Apollo Theater, Studio Museum in Harlem and some of the best African American cuisine on the island.

Essay / Kiribati

“The canoe is part of who the Kiribati people are—it is their culture, their respect for the ocean and their family member all encompassed into one structure.”

Marita Davies in Te Wa, Kiribati’s Way to the Water

Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico

With exhibitions currently touring worldwide, Imogen Eveson revisits “the tail of the end of the earth,” the landscape that became the muse of one of America’s greatest artists of the 20th century.