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(HZ) Spain Castelllers
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Summary: One of Spain's oldest traditions continues to be celebrated across Catalonia region
Story No: 493208
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/17/2006 07:46 AM
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Vallmoll - August 12, 2006

1. Members of Colla Vella assembling castle

2. Wide of human castle with small child on top

Valls - August 11, 2006

3. Wide shot of Valls

4. Wide shot of square with monument to "castellers" - human pyramid tradition

5. Tilt up of "castellers" monument

6. Exterior of Colla Vella Castellers Centre

7. Various of "castellers" having dinner at centre

8. Various of "castellers" preparing for rehearsals

9. Various of rehearsals

10. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Juan Romero, head of "Colla Vella" group of "castellers":

"You need basic and important qualifications: strength, balance, bravery and sense. This means that you have to know what you are doing at that moment. One has to be aware that the castle doesn't lean to any side, that you will be balancing the weight with the one underneath you and also help the person over you so he or she won't wobble. These are all necessary skills and preparations for a good casteller, what a good "casteller" needs to be."

11. Various of "castellers" assembling an eight storey castle

12. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Jaume Vinyes, medical doctor and "casteller":

"(What happened two weeks ago) it was the first time a child who fell straight from the top of a castle has died. After of thousands of falls, this shows that this is not a risky discipline. Nobody thought that a child falling from a tower like that would die. It is the first time and I don't know why it occurred. The laws of physics taught us that injuries from such a fall are minimal and not compromising, until now."

13. Child on top of nine-story castle

14. SOUNDBITE: (Catalan) Xavi (no surname available), top of castle or "aixeneta":

"I have to go up quietly, step by step and try not to move the structure."

15. Wide shot of castle disassembling

16. Set up shot of Artur Foret, eldest member of Colla Vella

17. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Artur Foret, eldest member of Colla Vella:

"A football player plays for Barca (Barcelona FC) today and tomorrow he changes for Real Madrid or Zaragoza. Here it's different. Once you enter a "colla" (group of "castellers") you never change to another one. In my youth I used to have a shop and no one from rival Colla Jove would come to buy anything from me. Nowadays this has changed; it seems we are becoming more human in that respect."

18. Various of memorabilia from Colla Vella

19. Exterior of summer residence of Corralcoba family

20. Set up shot of Irina Corralcoba preparing for exhibition

21. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Irina Corralcoba, "Castellera":

"My father goes in the "folre" or the "pinya" (lower levels) and my brother stands right underneath me. He used to be as high as me but now he grew up and he went down a bit. But this doesn't generate any kind of competition between us."

22. Set up shot of Genaro Corralcaba, father and "casteller" at home

23. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Genaro Corralcaba, "casteller":

"My son also fell down from a nine-storey tower five years ago and he had head injuries. But he likes it so much he didn't want to stop. One year after the accident, he climbed the same castle successfully."

24. Genaro Corralcaba showing photo of his son Adrian at castle

25. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Adrian Corralcaba, "casteller":

"Of course there is rivalry, but this is good. In big celebrations such as Saint Joan, you need a level of rivalry, to try to be better than your competitors. It makes you improve."

26. Corralcaba family leaving home for exhibition

27. Close shot of Genaro Corralcaba driving his car

Vallmoll - August 12, 2006

28. Various of Corralcaba family arriving at village of Vallmoll

29. Genaro and Adrian Corralcaba preparing to make castle

30. Set up shot of Ivan Rodon, president of Colla Vella, getting ready to climb castle

31. Red Cross paramedics

32. Various of Colla Vella assembling a nine storey castle

33. Public applauding

34. Orchestra playing assembling tune

35. Various of human tower being built

36. Various of human tower disassembling

37. Various of mayor of village of Vallmoll, Josep Lluis Cossidor, displaying pillar with members of Colla Vella

38. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Josep Lluis Cossidor, mayor of village of Vallmoll:

"This is a very traditional celebration in our country. I am the mayor of Vallmoll. The castellers from Colla Vella tell me that I have to be a mayor for everything, so they make me do this. For all Catalans this is our national sport."

39. Various of "castellers" after exhibition

LEAD IN:

The human pyramids, or "castells", of Spain's Catalonia region is one of the areas oldest and strongest traditions.

Huge flesh-and-bone towers are created with layers of people standing atop one another, creating structures often as high as a five-storey building.

But now questions about safety are being raised after a twelve year old girl died after falling from the eighth level last month.

However the people who take part (known as 'castellers') insist their sport is safe.

STORYLINE:

Spectators hold their collective breadth as one by one the 'castellers' climb the human tower.

The tower is complete when a small child, no heavier than 70 pounds (five stone or 32 kilogrammes) reaches the summit.

Ninety miles southwest of Barcelona, the city of Valls is located in the heart of Spain's Catalonia region.

It was here in the Tarragona province where the human pyramid tradition called "casteller" began 200 years ago.

No one knows exactly how the tradition evolved, but today a festival in the region wouldn't be complete without the appearance of these human pyramids.

The "castellers" are organised into groups or "collas".

The Colla Vella (old group) and Colla Jove (young group) are two arch rivals in Valls.

Colla Vella is Catalonia's oldest group and have toured internationally with their stunts and structures.

The group's head Juan Romero says you need " strength, balance, bravery and sense" in order to be a good team member.

The group's eldest member, Artur Foret, says that his sport is much different than football where players are traded and move from team to team.

Once a "casteller" joins a group, they never switch to another, he says.

Foret now stands at the base, known as the "pinya", a honeycomb-like formation of men who make up the support pillars.

To help "castellers" get a grip, a ten-foot-long sash called a "faixa" is wrapped tightly around the waist.

The "faixa" not only helps support the lower back but it also serves as a fabric handhold for those ascending the "castell".

Special tunes are played during the construction so that the "castellers" on the bottom of the heap know just how far those above have climbed.

Topping off each "castell" is the "aixeneta", a small child who climbs up the backs of his fellow tower mates.

Once atop the "castell", the "aixeneta" gives the "all-clear" gesture signifying the successful completion of the "castell".

The Corralcoba family is an example of how the "castellers" culture brings together different generations in a single passion.

Genaro Corralcoba joined Colla Vella with his son Adrian and daughter Irina.

Although his son suffered head injuries when he fell from a nine-level tower five years ago, he didn't want to stop participating.

One year after the accident, Adrian climbed the same castle successfully, his father says.

The family recently travelled to participate in the Colla Vella's exhibition in the neighbouring village of Vallmoll.

They displayed their unique nine storey castle with an inner six people pillar.

Exhibitions consists of three human castles followed by a pillar of people standing on each other's shoulders.

Although falls are considered part and parcel of being a "casteller", some groups are under pressure to have children standing on the top use protective helmets after a young girl died from a fall last month.

On July 23, twelve-year-old Mariona Galindo from Colla Capgrossos in the northern town of Mataro fell nine levels to her death.

Jaume Vinyes , a medical doctor and "casteller", maintains that building human pyramids is not risky and falls don't normally result in serious injury.

However, the "castellers" have regulated themselves for the last 200 years and say that the decision to use helmets is theirs alone to make.

In addition to Mariona's death last month, the "castellers" have recorded two other deaths in the last 200 years.

Keyword-wacky -bizarre

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Subjects: Municipal governments, Local governments, Government and politics, Professional soccer, Soccer, Sports, Men's soccer, Men's sports, Men's soccer
Organisations: FC Barcelona
Locations: Spain, Barcelona, Western Europe, Europe
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Mexico Clowns
Title:
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Summary: Clowns take part in religious ceremony to give thanks for work
Story No: 490463
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 07/19/2006 11:54 PM
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1. Clowns in parade chanting (Spanish): "The clowns are here and we are going to the chapel. If someone doesn't like it, they can return another day."

2. Clowns dancing to the sound of drums and whistles

3. Clowns carrying Virgin of Guadalupe wreath to the Guadalupe Basilica

4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) VOXPOP, Female clown:

"I came to thank the Virgin (of Guadalupe) and God for all the work we have had this year, that is all."

5. Clowns singing to the Virgin

6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) VOXPOP, Male clown:

"We came here to say thanks to the Virgin who has given us health, life and work. We love you all so much."

7. Various shots of clowns in church praying

8. Various of clowns receiving communion

9. Wide shot of clowns listening to mass

10. Various of clowns and people dancing in the street and playing music

11. Clowns pose for a group photograph

STORYLINE:

Hundreds of clowns marched Mexico City's Guadalupe Basilica on Wednesday to receive their blessings of laughter for the year.

For these clowns, religion is no joke.

This is the fifth time the group has joined the pilgrimage along Guadalupe Avenue to take communion.

The Clowns Club came equipped with colourful wigs and costumes, red noses and large plastic shoes as they sang and played on their way to the Basilica.

During the service, the clowns bowed their painted faces and received communion from the priest.

One female clown said she participated in the procession "to thank the Virgin of Guadalupe and God for all the work we have had this year."

Another clown, whose face was painted with a frown, said he was happy the Virgin of Guadalupe gave him and his fellow clowns "health, life and work."

The pilgrimage ended with a party during which the clowns entertained hundreds of children and spectators.

Keyword-wacky -bizarre

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Subjects: Social Affairs, Belief systems, Religion, Christianity
Locations: Mexico City, The Federal District, Mexico
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Peru Festival
Title:
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Summary: Men, women and children exchange blows in end of year ritual
Story No: 631683
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/28/2009 11:20 PM
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1. Referee starting the fight, two men going towards each other, fighting

2. A woman doing a dance in the intermission

3. Two kids fighting

4. Another two fighters greeting each other before the fight

STORYLINE:

Kicks, slaps and punches, everything is allowed in the Tacanacuy, a yearly tradition that takes place in the village of Chumbivilcas on Christmas Day.

This year due to a tragic bus accident, which left 42 people dead near the village on December 24th, the Tacanacuy was celebrated in the nearby city of Cusco.

Men, woman and even children of the village join the Tacanacuy aiming to solve their differences with a good fight.

This is their personal way of leaving all troubles behind and entering the new year with a smile.

Referees are always on site to make sure nobody gets hurt.

The festival is then wrapped up with drinks, dinner and a dance.

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Subjects: Fairs and festivals, Dance, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Performing arts, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment
Locations: Peru, South America, Latin America and Caribbean
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(HZ) Poland Twins
Title:
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Summary: 8th annual Twin Festival in Poland
Story No: 494019
Source: AP TELEVISION, ABC, TVN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/23/2006 05:01 AM
People: Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Lech Kaczynski
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1. Wide of Czarnkow town,

2. Wide of the preparations for the twin festival in the town square

3. Close of woman painting sign

4. Close of twin girls arriving in the town square

5. Wide of twins entering church

7. Twin sisters blessing themselves

9. Wide of priests at the altar

10. Twin brothers blessing themselves

11. Wide church congregation bowing

12. Dancing and singing in the town square

13. Twin sisters Silvia and Ljida Burzinski

14. SOUNDBITE (Polish) Silvia Burzinski, Twin:

"We feel isolated because we are two, not one. I feel a little sorry for those people who live alone, everyone should have twin brothers or sisters."

15. Young twins brothers

16. Parents with twin babies

17. Close of twin babies sleeping

18. Clown dancing with twin

19. Wide of people listening to music

20. Clown placing hats on twins Teresa and Helena Abramcik

21. SOUNDBITE (Polish) Teresa Abramcik, twin:

"We live a normal and abnormal life. One of us can't really function without the other. For example if my sister has toothache then by the next evening you can be sure my exact same tooth will also be hurting."

22. Wide of twins and band march through the town

23. Wide of band

24. Wide of twins holding banner

25. Various of band and twins marching

26. SOUNDBITE (Polish) Franciszek Strugala, Mayor of Czarnkow:

"We sent an invitation to the Kaczynski brothers and were very much hoping they could attend but their duties do not allow this. But we know that they were interested and sent a message of congratulations greeting all twins who have come here."

27. Sets of twins gathering on stage for photo

28. Photographer standing on ladder

29. Close of twin girls crying

30. Parents collecting twins

31. Close of little boy laughing at camera

32. Parents leading twins away

TVN - NO ACCESS POLAND

Warsaw - 10 July 2006

33. Pan from Poland's new Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski (right) to Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his twin brother

34. Lech Kaczynski (left) and his twin brother Jaroslaw shaking hands.

ABC - PART NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA/ INTERNET

Twinsburg, Ohio,

5 August 2000

35. Various of twins

36. Twins in stroller

37. Twins in orange shirts

38. Red haired twins with yellow shirts

39. Little girl twins

40. Two sets of twins singing together

LEAD IN:

The residents of Czarnkow in north west Poland could be forgiven for thinking they have been seeing double.

More than a hundred sets of identical twins recently descended upon the town for the 8th annual Twin Festival.

STORYLINE

It was a time for double measures in the town of Czarnkow, last weekend.

The small town in the north west of Poland was the setting for the country's annual Festival of Twins.

More than a hundred sets of identical twins from all over Poland attended the celebrations, the youngest just two months old and the oldest almost sixty.

The day-long festivities began with a church service.

Then the fun started with music, dancing and games.

The festival is now in its eighth year and attracts more and more twins each year.

For student Silvia Burzinski and her sister Ljida it was their first visit to Czarnkow.

There were many children at the festival, and pride of place was given to the youngest participants, two-month old Ingi and Ady Grezkovek.

Local councillor Teresa Abramcik and her sister Helena said they felt normal at last during the festival.

Czarnkow's brass band accompanied the participants on a march through the town.

But Poland's most famous twins could not come to Czarnkow.

Jaroslaw and Lech Kazynski were famous child actors in the early 1960's.

Now they run the country, with Lech as president and Jaroslaw as prime minister.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski on 19 July 2006, appointed Jaroslaw Kaczynski, his identical twin brother and the chairman of the governing Law and Justice party, as prime minister during a ceremony at the presidential palace in the capital Warsaw.

Wearing a black suit, the president shook hands with his brother - who looked almost indistinguishable except for his grey suit - and wished him luck in forming a new government.

Festival organisers are hoping the powerful brothers will find time to attend the 10th festival in 2008.

The theme of this year's festival was "twins are our future". The number of twins around the world is on the rise.

Since 1980 the number of twin births has nearly trebled.

Scientists say this is largely due to women delaying childbirth, and to the introduction of in vitro fertilisation.

Czarnkow is the first Twin Festival to be held in Eastern Europe.

The world's largest festival is held each year in the American town of Twinsburg, Ohio and attracts more than 2500 sets of twins.

Multiple births, usually twins, occur when an egg is fertilised and then splits into two developing zygotes, or when two eggs are fertilised by different sperm.

The results are, respectively, identical and fraternal twins.

Keyword-wacky

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Subjects: Siblings, Fairs and festivals, Relationships, Lifestyle, Recreation and leisure
People: Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Lech Kaczynski
Organisations: Poland government
Locations: Warsaw, Poland, Eastern Europe, Europe
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Austria Divorce
Title:
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Summary: Few show up to divorce fair, billed as world's first
Story No: 541472
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/28/2007 04:32 AM
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1. Exterior of Marriott Hotel Vienna, cars driving past

2. Mid of flags at the entrance of the hotel

3. Couple entering hotel

4. Mid of banner reading: (German) "Divorce fair"

5. Wide of exhibition room with people

6. Close-up of cameraman filming sign "Divorce Fair"

7. People talking at a table

8. Woman talking to private detectives

9. Close-up of poster reading: "Paternity Test, DNA Confidence"

10. Mid of DNA Test utilities

11. Close-up of mother sitting with children

12. SOUNDBITE (German) Magarete Weidenhofer, adviser of "Rainbows - for children in stormy times", a support service for children affected by divorce or separation:

"Parents must know that parenthood is for whole life, whereas a partnership may end. This means that your own child is your concern for a lifetime. In this sense, we call on all parents to give priority to the child's well-being, to keep or re-acquire a good basis of communication, when a child is concerned."

13. Baby playing with balloon on the floor

14. Counsellor talking to a customer

15. Wide of people in exhibition room

16. Close-up of various flyers

17. SOUNDBITE: (German) divorced visitor, no name given:

"I did not get much out of this exhibition. It is a very superficial way of dealing with the subject. As a person concerned, I can say that this is a very painful thing, and this exhibition was like a kind of a joke."

18. Close-up of poster reading: (German) "Your divorce party"

19. Wide of exhibition room

20. Cameraman filming interview

21. Wide of exhibition room

STORYLINE

Journalists easily outnumbered those looking for advice on how to end their marriage on the first day of Vienna's divorce fair, billed as the world's first.

The Austrian capital seemed like a good venue to launch the mirror image of the marriage fair.

The city has a 66 percent divorce rate, putting it in the upper category of European cities, while the nationwide rate is more than 50 percent.

But only a few dozen visitors meandered through the two conference rooms of a downtown luxury hotel and bemused exhibitors were kept busy mostly by TV crews lining up to interview them.

The focus at the event was on untying the marriage knot.

Most of the 16 firms with stands at the fair offered standard divorce fare - legal services, private investigations, mediation and conflict management.

But some catered to more unusual needs.

At one stand, DNA analysis promises to end bickering about why the little one does not look like daddy - or mommy - for 420 Euro (600 US dollars).

Magarete Weidenhofer deals with parenthood in a different way.

As an adviser at "Rainbows", a support service for children affected by divorce or separation, she tries to send a message that "parenthood is for whole life, whereas a partnership may end".

"We call on all parents to give priority to the child's well-being, to keep or re-acquire a good basis of communication, when a child is concerned," Weidenhofer told AP Television.

Still, the emphasis on Saturday was less on the emotional and more on the financial and legal aspects accompanying a divorce - a fact criticised by some looking for more than just a chance to limit the mess of their marriage break-up.

"I did not get much out of this exhibition. It is a very superficial way of dealing with the subject," said one visitor, who did not give her name, explaining that divorce was a private matter.

"As a person concerned, I can say that this is a very painful thing, and this exhibition was like a kind of a joke."

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Locations: Vienna, Vienna, Austria
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(HZ) Russia Cossacks
Title:
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Summary: A revival of Cossack horsemanship impresses crowds at military festival
Story No: 493343
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/16/2006 04:39 AM
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1. Wide attendant waves flag

2. Wide soldier from Presidential Regiment slashes hoops

3. Wide pan policeman sets off, attendant closes gate

4. Wide horse passes

5. Wide policeman slashes pole

6. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Sergei Kalinin, Vice President of Equine Sport in the Moscow Region

'' This is the first time the competition has taken place. One year ago there was nothing and we have pretty much organised everything in a year. People have come from all over Russia, so we have made a good start. It is difficult to say at the moment how popular it is, but it has a future. You don't need expensive horses or infrastructure, its accessible in the provinces as well. ''

7. Wide soldier in cossack uniform charges the hoops

8. Mid spectator

9. Mid soldier in cossack uniform

10. Wide soldier in cossack uniform shoots at targets

11. Wide spectators

12. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Alexander Kazakh, Cossack

'' It is a really interesting type of sport, how could I not bring my family here, they are the ones who most interested. The sport is just starting to be resurrected, as far as I understand, everything is just starting. There are more people participating now than before, so it's a sport of the future. ''

13. Wide attendant by gate

14. Mid pan up competitor standing on horse

15. Wide competitors

16. Mid cossack hat is knocked off stand

17. Wide soldier in cossack uniform charges with lance

18. Wide spectators and competitors

19. Wide row of horses waiting for prizes

20. Mid competitor

21. Wide the winner Sergei Kalinin, is awarded cup

22. Wide row of horses

23. Wide Sergei Kalinin poses for photographs

LEAD IN :

A pre-soviet tradition is being revived in Russia as Cossack horsemanship took centre stage at a recent military festival.

Skilled riders wowed the audience with the display of tricky manoeuvres and the teamwork between man and beast.

STORYLINE :

Russian soldiers, policemen and enthusiasts gathered to resurrect the Cossack traditions of skilled swordplay and horsemanship.

The riders showed off their skills of horsemanship and agility as swept past their audience, rarely missing a target.

The Equine Military Festival of Dzhigitovka, an ancient style of performance riding was the first event of its kind to be held in post-Soviet Russia.

Horsemen from a number of military regiments slashed their way through plastic water bottles, cabbages and other targets in their attempts to impress the judges.

Dzhigitovka, which is the ancient style of performance riding, originated in the Caucasus and Central Asia amongst the Cossacks, and was prevalent and very popular among Russia's pre-Revolutionary cavalrymen.

Participants, many of whom are serving soldiers from elite cavalry regiments, such as the Presidential Guard, competed for prizes in a variety of disciplines.

The Cossacks were formidable horsemen and soldiers who lived in Eastern Europe and Asiatic Russia.

After being absorbed into the Russian Empire they became a pillar of the Imperial Army.

In the hope of gaining greater independence, many Cossacks sided with anti Bolshevik forces during the Russian Civil War, and were as a consequence virtually destroyed by the Communist state.

But in the current post-soviet era, many people are looking to the past and reviving old traditions.

Enthusiasts say the expansion of this sport is a good way to encourage young people to take up more physical pursuits.

The revival of Cossack heritage and appreciation of their military skills is met with enthusiasm by Cossacks themselves and those in Russia who want to see a return to pre-soviet values.

Keyword-wacky

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Subjects: Fairs and festivals, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle
Locations: Moscow, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe
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(HZ) Morocco Festival
Title:
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Summary: Street art festival gets off to colourful start
Story No: 699016
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 07/29/2011 02:08 AM
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Asilah - 16 July 2011

1. Various of murals around the town of Asilah

2. Wide of Japanese artist Akemi Noguchi working on his mural with Moroccan artist Sanae Sarghini

3. Various of Noguchi''s mural

4. Mid of Noguchi working on his mural

5. Various of Noguchi''s mural

6. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Akemi Noguchi, Japanese Artist :

" Why did I choose to paint clowns on the wall? The space''s isn''t easy - it is very complicated, high but limited in width. I decided to paint clowns. I like humour. I chose clowns because it''s a subject I''ve been involved with for 25 years working in Montmartre in France."

Asilah - 16 July 2011

7. Wide of Moroccan artist Sanae Sarghini working on her mural

8. Various of mural

9. SOUNDBITE (French) Sanae Sarghini, Moroccan Artist :

"Each year I am really happy to come here because it is the ideal place to meet lots of artists with different nationalities. It is the ideal place this beautiful town of Asilah because it give us a lot of inspiration and joy."

Asilah - 15 July 2011

10. Various of Rahhoule Abderrahame working on his painting in the atelier in the old palace

11. SOUNDBITE (French) Rahhoule Abderrahame, Moroccan Artist:

"The Moussem of Asilah brings Moroccan artists international contact with other artists who participate in the moussem. It is an advantage to participate in the workshop and to share knowledge with other artists who come from all over the world."

Asilah - 17 July 2011

12. Various of Moroccan artist Sanae Sarghini preparing a plate for printing

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mohamed Benaissa, Mayor of Asilah and Director General of the Asilah Foundation :

"We acquired some presses and we started the first I would think the first workshop in engraving and etching in Africa and perhaps also in many parts of the Arab world. Because most of the artists would go to Portugal to Spain to France to learn etc."

14. Close up of Spanish artist Carla Querejeta painting

15. Various of Querejeta painting

16. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carla Querejeta, Spanish Artist :

"I think the colours I''m using are different since I''ve come here. It''s because of the influence of the city and of the other artists with whom I am living. We are sharing time together and we have conversations together. And we work that we are doing here all together has has influence."

17. Close up of artwork

18. Various of artist working

Asilah - 17 July 2011

19. Various of Moroccan artist Hussein Mimouni showing his work to Mohamed Benaissa, Mayor of Asilah :

20. SOUNDBITE (French) Hussein Mimouni, Moroccan Artist :

"The fact of being on the Atlantic in Asilah - its clear that every time you move you''re uplifted by the place - the architecture, its environment, the people. I find that this absolutely influences my work"

21. Wide of Asilah city walls with sea washing on to rocks below the walls

22. Close up of waves washing on to rocks

LEAD IN:

Every year artists from around the world gather in the small seaside town of Asilah in northern Morocco to celebrate a moussem - or cultural gathering.

The whole of the old town is involved in the arts festival, which involves painting the white walls of the town with colourful murals and holding artists'' workshops.

STORYLINE:

The fortified town of Asilah in Morocco began life as a fishing village.

It''s favourable position on the north western tip of the country, on the Atlantic Ocean put it in the front line of a string of invasions by the Portuguese and Spanish.

Now an invasion of a different sort takes place each summer - a cultural moussem that attracts outstanding artists from around the globe to paint murals on the stark white walls of the old town.

Foreign artists arrive to celebrate and collaborate with their Moroccan counterparts.

Japanese artist Akemi Noguchi is painting a mural on a town building featuring brightly coloured clowns.

He says he is painting clowns because they always raise a smile.

"Why did I choose to paint clowns on the wall? The space''s isn''t easy - it is very complicated, high but limited in width. I decided to paint clowns. I like humour. I chose clowns because it''s a subject I''ve been involved with for 25 years working in Montmartre in France."

As well as the large-scale outside work, the artists also have the use of studios where they can work on printing, painting and sketching. The equipment is there for their use.

For artists, one of the many charms of the Asilah festival is the pleasure of meeting fellow artists who have participated in previous moussems.

Moroccan artist Sanae Sarghini has attended the festival six times.

She says that Asilah is the perfect town for a festival.

"Each year I am really happy to come here because it is the ideal place to meet lots of artists with different nationalities. It is the ideal place this beautiful town of Asilah because it give us a lot of inspiration and joy."

Although artists may be influenced by other artists work, there is a huge variety in genre and style.

Rahhoule Abderrahmane, a Moroccan painter, says that knowledge sharing is key for the painters who participate.

"The Moussem of Asilah brings Moroccan artists international contact with other artists who participate in the moussem. It is an advantage to participate in the workshops and to share knowledge with other artists who come from all over the world."

The festival was founded by the mayor of Asilah, Mohamed Benaissa.

A former foreign minister of Morocco, he has been instrumental in making the moussem an outstanding success.

As Benaissa says, the printing presses in Asilah were the first in the region.

"We acquired some presses and we started the first I would think the first workshop in engraving and etching in Africa and perhaps also in many parts of the Arab world. Because most of the artists would go to Portugal to Spain to France to learn."

Benaissa, himself a photographer, visits the workshop regularly and takes a keen interest in the work being produced as part of the festival.

Spanish artist Carla Querejeta admits that she is also under the spell of people and place - and her work is influenced too.

"I think the colours I''m using are different since I''ve come here. It''s because of the influence of the city and of the other artists with whom I am living. We are sharing time together and we have conversations together. And we work that we are doing here all together has has influence."

Local man Hussein Mimouni agrees saying it is the atmosphere of the town of Asilah that is key to the blossoming of the festival.

As the festival progresses, the towns'' walls fills up with artworks and brightly coloured murals.

Those murals deemed most popular will stay on the walls for one year after the festival is finished.

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Argentina Tango
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Summary: Start of World Tango Championships
Story No: 575790
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Date: 08/25/2008 01:20 AM
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1. Exterior of Harrods shopping centre transformed into dancing hall where tango championships will take place

2. Group of professional dancers at the inauguration of the championships

3. Musician playing Bandoneon (A concertina-type instrument, widely used for the tango), pull out to orchestra

4, Various of professional dancers performing

5. Audience

6. Various of presentation of couples who are going to participate

7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ochiro, Japanese tango dancer:

"We want to enjoy, to see who will be world champion, maybe with a bit of luck is our moment."

8. More of couples who are going to participate in the championships of tango

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Around 400 couples from 23 countries around the world were in Buenos Aires on Sunday to take part in the Sixth World Tango Championships.

The participants came from places as far away as New Zealand, Japan and the Balkans.

The event took place at Harrod's shopping centre, an historical building in Buenos Aires which reopened its doors after a ten-year renovation project.

The world championship is part of the Festival of Tango, held in the Argentine capital every August.

The contest is due to go on all week, with the couples going through a series of qualifying rounds in the type of tango they choose, Tango Salon, the most traditional one or Tango Escenario, which devotees and critics describe as 'acrobatic'.

Tango Salon judges look for elegance and feeling between the couple but in the Tango Escenario, the jury values the choreography above all.

The Festival of Tango attracts tens of thousands of visitors, according to local authorities. Officials said more than 200,000 visitors had signed up for one of the many activities, such as free classes, included in the festival's program.

In 2007, Argentine couples won in both categories but in 2006 the prize went to Colombia.

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Locations: Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
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South Korea Christmas
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Summary: Santa penguins kick off festive season at amusement park
Story No: 665238
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Date: 11/16/2010 05:45 AM
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1. Various of penguins in festive outfits

2. Children

3. Various of penguins

4. Close of woman holding a lemur dressed in festive outfit

5. Various of penguins

6. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Park Mi-hwa, event organiser:

"The reason why these penguin friends came out dressed as Rudolph and Santa is to celebrate Christmas in a special way with young children."

7. Various of penguins

8. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Lee Do-eun, kindergarten pupil:

"Seeing the penguins makes me want Christmas to arrive."

9. Various of penguins

10. Mid of organiser dressed as Santa

11. Various of penguins

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Twelve penguins dressed as Santa Claus (Father Christmas) and Rudolph the reindeer waddled around an amusement park in the South Korean city of Yongin on Tuesday, in a special pre-Christmas treat for local children.

Those who were lucky enough to see the flightless seabirds in full Christmas regalia weren't disappointed.

"Seeing the penguins makes me want Christmas to arrive," said kindergarten pupil, Lee Do-eun.

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Locations: Yongin-gun, South Korea
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Entertainment China Ice Festival
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Summary: Annual ice festival in Harbin attracts thousands of tourists
Story No: 508749
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Date: 01/05/2007 07:48 PM
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6th January 2006, Harbin

1. Wide of fireworks exploding above Harbin ice and snow world, pan to visitors walking

2. Medium of visitors walking

3. Wide of visitors walking through corridor made of ice

4. Medium of visitors taking photos beside ice sculpture

5. Wide of various ice sculptures

6. Close of ice sculptures

7. Wide, pan of ice sculptures

8. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin), Zhao Jie, Harbin resident:

"The ice festival is a symbol and a regular event in Harbin city and has been held for years. I have always been hoping to visit this snow and ice world and that wish came true at last today. I enjoyed myself a lot today."

9. SOUNDBITE: (English), Carsten Klein, German visitor:

"I think this is one of the most significant things I've ever seen in the whole world. It's very, very, deeply impressive."

10. Medium, tilt down to ice church and tower

11. Medium of ice church

THOUSANDS ATTEND SNOW AND ICE FESTIVAL

Thousands of visitors attended the 23rd annual Snow and Ice festival in Harbin, to see a range of architectural attractions made out of ice.

Covering an area of 400,000 square metres and built with 120,000 cubic metres of ice and snow, the park is situated on Sun Island on the Songhua River.

An organiser said that most visitors had come from Russia, South Korea and China. Some had also flown in from Europe.

"This is one of the most significant things I've ever seen in the whole world. It's very, very, deeply impressive," said Carsten Klein, a visitor from Germany.

The ice festival is a long established tradition in Harbin.

"The ice festival is a symbol and a regular event in Harbin city and has been held for years. I have always been hoping to visit this snow and ice world and that wish came true at last today,'' said Harbin resident Zhao Jie

''I enjoyed myself a lot today,'' she added.

A series of sports activities on ice will also be held during the event.

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