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Robert Englund: ‘My own reflection gives me nightmares’

Robert Englund: ‘My own reflection gives me nightmares’

The actor best known as Freddy Krueger answers your burning questions on auditioning for Star Wars, becoming addicted to Tipping Point – and why he’s definitely not a shape-shifting lizard Did filming A Nightmare on Elm Street give you nightmares? Mrblancmange On part one, I didn’t have my movie star trailer; I had a little tiny honeywagon about…

Tom Hiddleston: Why we all need monsters and myths

Tom Hiddleston: Why we all need monsters and myths

Tom Hiddleston says it “felt very wild” playing the pastor of a village terrified by a mythical sea creature, in Apple TV’s The Essex Serpent. Set in Victorian coastal Essex and London, the series is based on Sarah Perry’s award-winning book, and co-stars Homeland’s Claire Danes. Hiddleston’s character, Will Ransome, tries to quell locals’ fears, telling them…

Auction featuring artworks by Picasso, Dali and Mandela raises €8.2 million for charity

An auction of artworks in Dubai, which included pieces from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Nelson Mandela, has raised €8.2 million for charity. The event, held at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah hotel on April 24, saw art-loving philanthropists dig deep into their pockets to support the 100 Million Meals campaign. The initiative is the biggest…

Museum offers historic insight into Azerbaijani carpet weaving

Museum offers historic insight into Azerbaijani carpet weaving

Carpet weaving is one of Azerbaijan’s most ancient arts, dating back to the Bronze Age. In this edition of Cult, Euronews visits a renowned museum in Baku, home to ancient as well as modern carpets. Azerbaijani art and culture Carpets have been at the heart of Azerbaijani art and culture for thousands of years. In…

British bands stung by post-Brexit touring costs

British bands stung by post-Brexit touring costs

As Brexit becomes a reality, it’s the UK music industry now realising that performing in the EU will leave them out of pocket, with the added expense of Visas, work-permits and VAT. The move has lead to more than 260,000 artists signing a petition including British singer songwriter Laura Marling, former One Direction star Louis…

Louvre museum visitors dropped more than 70% in virus-wracked 2020

Louvre museum visitors dropped more than 70% in virus-wracked 2020

The Louvre, the world’s biggest museum, suffered a drop in visitor numbers of over 70 percent last year as Covid restrictions kept art lovers away, it said on Friday. Receipts fell by more than 90 million euros ($110 million) compared with 2019. The Louvre, which closed for six months during French coronavirus lockdowns, saw visitor numbers plunge…

Beyoncé commemorates end of 2020 with never-before-seen footage of kids Blue Ivy, Rumi, Sir

Beyoncé commemorates end of 2020 with never-before-seen footage of kids Blue Ivy, Rumi, Sir

Once again proving she has more hours in a day than the rest of us, Beyoncé shared a 2020 recap video, featuring her many accomplishments from the year, plus some adorable, never-before-seen footage of her and Jay-Z’s twins Rumi and Sir and daughter Blue Ivy. In one clip from the four-minute video, 3-year-old Rumi and Sir sat in a…

“Silence, serenity and peace”: Sir Bryn Terfel’s Christmas message

“Silence, serenity and peace”: Sir Bryn Terfel’s Christmas message

The misty Welsh mountains and a magnificent medieval cathedral are the backdrop to a special Christmas concert this year. World-famous baritone, Sir Bryn Terfel, is putting on a performance from Brecon Cathedral. The line-up includes classic Christmas carols and iconic folk tunes with a distinctly Welsh tone. The concert is being streamed online and is one of…

Podcast | A life in the shadows: what it’s like to be a gay man in Dakar

Podcast | A life in the shadows: what it’s like to be a gay man in Dakar

Junior is a young Senegalese man who lives with a secret about who he is. He’s kept it from his family and even his childhood friends because he’s afraid of not only rejection, but persecution, and even imprisonment. The secret is that Junior is gay. In this episode, Dakar-based journalist Marta Moreiras explores what it means to be…

Musica highlights 2020: Puccini’s timeless La Boheme

Musica highlights 2020: Puccini’s timeless La Boheme

Musica goes behind the scenes to capture Puccini’s masterpiece with Juan Diego Flórez and Ruzan Mantashyan. La Bohème is one of the world’s most-performed operas. Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, which tells the tale of a seamstress and a poet’s death-marked love, has graced the stages of some of the world’s best-known opera houses and theatres…