Culture

Vintage Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Photo Archive ‘Vintage Addis Ababa’

Ethiopia sees rapid change – so what can we learn form a collection of pictures of every-day Addis Ababa citizens during the 1940s to the 1980s? Anna-Theresa Bachmann discusses this with Wongel Abebe, who recently launched ‘Vintage Addis Ababa’.

Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed
Interview with Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed

Aryana Sayeed is to Afghanistan what Beyoncé is to the US. zenith talked to the singer about folklore, selfies and the Taliban.

Bedan el-Sisi is played on every street-corner of Cairo
Subtle Freedoms in Egypt

A children’s game named after the president’s testicles is the latest outlet for popular dissent in Egypt.

Stade Radès in Tunis at the Tunisia-Libya world cup qualification match.
Football in a War Zone

In Libya, football is a rare space without political issues and free of tension.

One of the photographs by France Keyser in her series 'French and Muslim', the winner of the professional category.
The 2017 zenith Photo Award

The search for identity and the poetry of everyday life were captured by photographers in the zenith Photo Award, with the theme Islam in Europe. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Berlin.   

Designer Khaled Bader drawing a mural in the new Tanarout centre.
Cultural Space in Benghazi

In conservative Benghazi the cultural space Tanarout has become a haven from the war, a space where boys and girls can escape growing extremism and the rampant unemployment induced by the ongoing conflict.

Carsten Ast and Noha Khattab performing at a studio based in Berlin
Can Performance Art Help Heal Egypt’s Wounds?

Egypt’s turbulent last years have left its society even more divided. Koshari, a contemporary circus project, aims to bring Egyptian society closer together through artistic street performances.

The Roman amphitheatre in downtown Amman, Jordan.
Preventing and Reducing Violent Extremism

Cultural activities, artistic projects, the promotion of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue can help prevent and reduce violent extremism writes Dr Asiem El Difraoui.