Go Global, Citizen!

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Festivals can move David Bower’s “think globally, act locally” slogan for Friends of the Earth to all action: the better you act locally, the more opportunity there is to act globally.

Just take a look at some of this week’s KArts Culture News posted from around the world:

  • German Shakespeare Festival leads with a Japanese production
  • Cameroon connects theatre to a plan for economic development
  • Hip-hop’s international innovators gather for their annual fest
  • Tunisian music fest energizes a tradition
  • Monterey hosts the next generation of jazz
  • Palestinians use dance fest as a bridge through check-points
  • Australia becomes a home for international fringe
  • China creates a home for contemporary dance
  • Edinburgh will bring local excellence to the global stage

Also on the site this week, a link to Juliana Rincón Parra on the great Global Voices site about three contests for global citizens to tell new stories.

El Pais hosts the Movil Film Fest, a contest of one minute videos that have been shot by cell phones or PDAs. The award will go to the work that represents the Best Citizen Journalist. (Check out last year’s submissions.)

MySpace is seeking work from fourteen to twenty-four olds to “Film Your Issue.” Entries can range from thirty seconds to two minutes.

Video News 24 is also hosting a contest for this new opportunity of citizen journalism.

A local story becomes a global cause. An individual’s art becomes a global inspiration. What a wonderful world.

- Bill Reichblum

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