10 Jul, 2019 in Maastricht

TEFAF, The European Fine Art Fair, is one of the world’s largest art fairs, and for some reason it annually takes place in Maastricht in the Netherlands. I lived in Maastricht for a while, so that was the first time I had the chance to visit, back in 2017, and felt a bit out of […]

27 Sep, 2017 in Limburg

A samba festival in the Netherlands? In Heerlen? Yep, you got it, one lazy weekend I noticed a weird Facebook event near Maastricht and decided to go check it out. Turns out some of the regional Samba groups decided to throw a festival by taking over the small town of Heerlen, 20min from Maastricht, to […]

2 Feb, 2017 in Eindhoven

Last November I went to Eindhoven to attend a workshop with the local university, and when I came out after night fall I was surprised to find that campus was filled with the events of Eindhoven Glow 2016. Lights and sounds everywhere, crowds wondering around campus between the different attractions, with lots of fun glowing exhibits […]

27 Mar, 2014 in Los Angeles
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At the heart of Los Angeles is Union Station, surrounded by a variety of culturally themed neighborhoods. You’ve got your China Town, your Little Tokyo, and closest by is the Mexican area. While walking through those neighborhood I came across a local Mexican God worship festival with lots of music, dancing and food, which I […]

2 Jan, 2014 in New Orleans
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Mardi Gras is a series of festivals taking place in southern US during February. The last SPSP conference took place in New Orleans just before the first Margi Gras, and so I got a chance to taste a little bit of the Mardi Gras culture. But even if you’re not in New Orleans you can […]

23 Dec, 2013 in Kinmen Island
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The number one attraction of Kinmen island and the highlight of my trip was the insane City God festival celebrated in Kinmen’s capital – Jincheng Town. I was just plain lucky, I did not plan to attend the festival but when preparations for the celebrations were everywhere and the street ghost clearing routine the night […]

9 Sep, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Jincheng ghost clearing - Kinmen (21)

On my recent visit to the Taiwanese Jinmen island I had a very unexpected surprise. The annual City God birthday festival was taking place in the island that week  and festivities were grander than ever. The night before the celebrations in Jincheng Town I was surprised to find that the festivities actually begin a day […]

19 Jun, 2013 in Jerusalem
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The transformation that took place in Machane Yehuda Market in central Jerusalem is remarkable (official site). From an ordinary loud and dirty wet market to a posh shopping areas filled with exotic restaurants, coffee shops, bars, pubs, tons of cool little shops that sell just about everything, and – ofcourse – an upscale version of […]

18 Oct, 2012 in Gainesville
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Gainesville, 2.5 hours away from Tallahassee, is perhaps most famous for its local university – the University of Florida (as one Florida State University professor put it – "the second best university in Florida"). I came in to Gainesville to attend a small regional conference (SSSP ; Conference), hoping to see a bit of what […]

15 Oct, 2012 in Taipei
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China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in particular receive a lot of criticism for their lack of artistic creativity. I’ve had endless conversations with fellow expats describe the places I hold dear as an "arts wasteland" where there’s "no creativity" with an over commercialization of art into tasteless semi-fashion and art "lacking any expression of individuality". […]

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