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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (19 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (18 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (17 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (16 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (15 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (14 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (13 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

New fashionistas claim that fashion should be accessible for every woman, regardless of her shape.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (3 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

At the Kyrgyz Fashion week, local designers present their new collections, sell their products, and try to extend their work to international experts in the fashion industry.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (9 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

It is an opportunity for local craftsmen to sell their models in the local market.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (5 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Kyrgyzstan’s sewing industry is the largest and the most developed segment of the country’s light industry.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Mais Istanbuli
05 Apr 2013

Kyrgyzstan will be holding its 15th annual Fashion week this spring, where local designers will present their new collections, sell their products and promote their work to international experts in the industry. Every year, the winners of the Kyrgyzstan's fashion week are invited to international shows in Moscow, Amsterdam, Berlin and Osaka.

Kyrgyzstan’s sewing industry is the largest and the most developed segment of the country’s light industry. Despite the fact that the number of sewing factories in Kyrgyzstan has decreased since 2005, the volume of production has increased, raking in around $140 million. Products branded “Made in KG” are being exported to Russia, and are slowly entering the European market. Kyrgyzstan also has the potential to develop its textile industry, as it produces about 100 thousand tons of cotton annually. This cotton is currently being exported due to the lack of a developed processing industry inside the country. Kyrgyzstan's sewing industry continues to face many challenges, including a deficit in textile production, violations of labour rights, and working in a shadow economy.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (8 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Photographers present a photo exhibition, portraying their vision of beaty on the Fashion Show

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (7 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

New fashion trends require implementation of advanced technology.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (6 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Annually, the winners of the Fashion week in Kyrgyzstan are invited to the international fashion shows in Moscow, Amsterdam, Berlin and Osaka.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (4 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

The product branded “Made in KG” is being exported to Russia, and slowly entering the European market.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (3 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Recently in Kyrgyzstan, there is a rise of interest in Islamic Fashion; more and more brands are selling Islamic-oriented clothing.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (2 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Masters of local hand-craft often use felt to create clothing

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (14 of 23)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Designers are using non-traditional techniques on the runway, moving away from the fashion runway norms, such as barefoot models.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (5 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Galina Boiko presented a collection "Art inside you" deidicated to young intellectuals living in big cities.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (6 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

"Fashion for men has to be smart," said designer Galina Boiko.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (7 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

"Black Swan" is designed especially for women who are not afraid to express and portray their femininity

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (24 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
01 Apr 2013

Filiz Yetim, a wedding dress designer in her studio in the Camlica district of Istanbul Turkey.

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Lagos Black Heritage Festival
Lagos, Nigeria
By Taiwo Adeleke
31 Mar 2013

Inspired by the spirit of convergence for which Lagos remains pre-eminent, the Lagos Black Heritage Festival celebrates African creativity within a carnivalesque of traditional and contemporary Dance, Music, Painting and Photo Exposition, Drama, Design and Fashion Display, an International Symposium, Film and Video Fiesta and other artistic and intellectual offerings, both inter-state and international. In a seven-day cultural manifestation during which hundreds of performers will animate the ancient city of Badagry and cosmopolitan Lagos with a passage of the traditional and the modern, Lagos State will welcome thousands of visitors with a feast to engage the mind, entrance the senses and linger in the memory for years to come.
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VIDEO SHOWS:

The Lagos Water Regatta is about water-based cultural sporting and recreational activity was put together to showcase what the various coastal communities have to offer in terms of water sport, cultural beauty and aquatic splendor.

The regatta consist of large fishing boats, ferries, water lightening, barges and other marine vessels adorned with each depicting the social, cultural, traditional folklore's and occupational aspects of the Lagos people.

The second is the LAGOS STREET CARNIVAL - which traditionally rounds up the Festival, preceded by an innovation that enlarges the scope of youth participation in the event with colorful display of art, Dance and talent ant participant from all around the world to witness the event.

SOUNDBITES:
-.Soundbite 1-Otunba Olusegun Jawando.-(male)Chairman Regatta Planning committee. -Soundbite 2-Female dancers -Soundbite 3- Akinlolu Osudonire- Male-Tourist

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

2013 Lagos Heritage Week takes place within an event framework that the Festival has designated The Year of Brazil. After Italy and the Horn of Africa in the series – THE BLACK IN THE MEDITERRANNEAN BLUE - comes the turn of Portugal, once a great European maritime nation, and the first European nation to establish diplomatic relations with an African counterpart – the Benin Kingdom. Alas, this historic encounter between equals would later degenerate into participation in the infamous slave trade, but would also result in the greatest “rainbow” nation in the world – The Republic of Brazil!.

Brazil, inevitably, once a Portuguese colony, became an irresistible magnet to the Festival planners. There, the African identity emotion runs deep, rendered vibrantly in cultural retentions in forms of worship, largely of the orisa of the Yoruba (the candomble), in performance modes, cuisine, language, attire and music. Such was the enthusiasm from Brazil that it became necessary to transform the Festival into a two-part celebration, so as to provide more time for the participation of the Afro-Brazilian Diaspora. To them, the Festival promised the fulfillment of the lifelong dream of homecoming. The second part – October 1-10 may yet prove the largest Diaspora Return since the Black and African Arts Festival in Lagos, 1977, better known as FESTAC 77.

What has now turned into THE YEAR OF BRAZIL was formally launched in December 2012 by the award-winning Thobias de Vai Vai Samba Group. Lagos will not soon forget that uniquely sinuous collaboration of costume and motion at the dedicated Festival venue – Freedom Park. The performance signaled a formal declaration that the Brazilian calendar had been brought forward - on the authority of the Yoruba orisa – A-ase! - thus inaugurating an Afro-Brazilian year that commenced in December 2012. The year now progresses into the Festival’s regular Easter calendar in a feast of Thematic Exhibitions, Dance, Drama, Debates and Spectacles with a special cultural presence by the Afro-Brazilian descendants of Nigeria.

The March events pay homage to the late Afro-Brazilian playwright, painter, revolutionary and senator, Abdias do Nascimento, whose life-long dialogue with the orisa will dominate the exhibition galleries. His spiritual play, SORTILEGE, also takes the stage for the first time in West Africa. Abdias is the most impassioned Brazilian link with the continent in the realm of culture, racial identity and political struggle. Exiled in Nigeria’s Yoruba cradle of humanity, Ile-Ife, for some years during the Brazilian dictatorship, it is only fitting that this radical humanist be brought back to his most memorable place of exile. He remains the dynamic symbol of African affirmation in the face of historic odds, the vitality of her cultures, and the assertiveness of racial identity. Befittingly, his widow Elisa Larkin do Nascimento will flag off the year’s Lecture series with a lecture on Abdias’ life, art and struggle.

The GRAND PARADE OF MASQUERADES, drawn from all corners of Yoruba land, a moving mosaic of colour and motion, ushers in the Festival. The programme dedicates each Festival morning to featuring the O’odua states – the modern offspring of the revered Yoruba ancestor and nation-builder – Oduduwa. This year also introduces a modern brass band, the legacy of the Afro-Brazilian returnees who dominate the area around Campos Square, famous for its surviving Brazilian architecture. The Bariga Kids will inject youthful verve into the general medley of rhythm and motion.

OBA KOSO, the tragic music-drama of the late Duro Ladipo opens a window into the tragic vision of the most talented tragedians of West African traditional theatre. OBA KOSO scored many firsts world wide, but most relevantly, as the first Nigerian dramatic work to tour Brazil. A drama of the rise and fall of an Alaafin of Oyo, inducted into the Yoruba pantheon as Sango, god of lightning and thunder, it had great resonance for the Brazilian spectators whose preservation of the deities of their original home defied all efforts at suppression by their slave masters. On the same theatre bill is the Festival premiere of Wole Oguntokun’s dramatization of a slice of Lagos history in her early colonial throes – OSHODI TAPA – a key historic role player in the colonial encounter between Lagos traditional governance and the imperial sway.
Brazil and Nigeria again meet in the Video and Film sector. Synopsis of Brazilian films will be provided where the reels have no sub-titles. These film encounters are of course primarily for audience enjoyment, but they are also planned to offer alternative ideas – including technical aspiration, to the now increasingly adventurous Nigerian cinema.

VISION of the CHILD – the Children’s Art Competition – features an unusual – but highly topical – theme. The Festival talent scouts have already visited nearly 400 schools – formal and informal - since the Festival’s inauguration in December – and assembled the lucky talents for their final contest, and a date with recognition at the Gala Award Night.

DO YOUR OWN THING means exactly what it says – a platform for individual or group talent/experimentations/creativity etc, culminating in the Final adjudication and prizes. Jugglers, singers, instrumentalists, formal and street poets, illusionists, choreographers, mummers etc are free to showcase their specializations, or indeed any kind of inspired lunacies. At the end of these capers, some Surprise Prizes – and perhaps opportunities from hovering talent scouts?

Festival 2013 also introduces a special feature – a Guest Company. Inaugurating that slot is the Rwandan Dance Company, known for its elegant, levitating display of balletic poise even in numbers dedicated to warriors. While in Nigeria, they will conduct a joint workshop with Nigerian counterparts, instigating perhaps a new dance synthesis in the search for contemporary idioms for African dance expressions.

Such exertions require a base of nurture. And so the Festival will play host to the Afro-Brazilian Food Fair. Nigerians will discover that akare-je is none other than the akara of the Ita Igarawu or Ilesha market and street stalls, or that their Easter moyo and frejon are adaptations that re-entered the continent at the hands of the returnees who made it back to homeland.

Memory forms a critical dimension of the Festival – memory as history formative, as evocations of achievement, but also – as pain and anguish. The dark history of the continent is commemorated and its victims honoured in the solemn FITILA (Oil Lamp) Procession, a reminder of the Slave Era, and the triumph of resilience and survival. Venue: Badagry, beginning with the Point of Embarkation and terminating at the Point of No Return, with traditional rituals and invocations. Heritage Week dedicates this night event to the Rites of Collective Reflection, drawing strength for the present and future.

Festivals do not end on a sombre note. The joyous face of human concourse is displayed along the lagoon that slices across Lagos, winding round some of the newest hotels and restaurants on the island. This is the route along which the WATER REGATTA will light up the lagoon with decorated crafts, fluttering pennants, synchronized paddles, a display of marine skills and ethnic symbols created by cultural groups, labour unions, youth organisations, craft guilds, warrior descendants etc etc., with some floats narrating the histories of the riverine and sea-going communities. The land equivalent of this ‘peacock parade’ – THE LAGOS STREET CARNIVAL - traditionally rounds up the Festival, preceded by an innovation that enlarges the scope of youth participation – The Children’s Street Carnival. A percussive medley of voices, instruments and pounding feet take to the streets along a designated route that begins from Awolowo Road and ends in Tafawa Balewa square with the crowning of the Pageant Beauty Queen.

Once again, Lagos opens her arms to men, women and children of all races, histories, and cultures, in her mission to animate the past, celebrate the present, and illuminate the future.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (33 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

A woman dresses a mannequin at the Hasema swimwear store in Fatih, Istanbul. Hasema is one of the main manufacturers of conservative bathing-suits and have a style similar to the "Birkini".

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (30 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

Shoppers in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (29 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

Mannequins in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (28 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

The Armine store in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (27 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

The Armine store in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (31 of 40)
Istanbul
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

Shoppers in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (21 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

The Fall/Winter collection of Selma State at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (20 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

Selma at the The Fall/Winter collection of Selma State at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (19 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

Crowds gather for the adl + CENGİZ show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (18 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

Crowds gather for the adl + CENGİZ show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (17 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

Crowds gather for the adl + CENGİZ show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (16 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

The Fall/ Winter adl + CENGİZ show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (15 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

The Fall/ Winter adl + CENGİZ show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week (14 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

The Fall/ Winter adl + CENGİZ show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (13 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

The Fall/ Winter adl + CENGİZ show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (12 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

The Fall/ Winter adl + CENGİZ show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (11 of 71)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

The press at he Fall/ Winter adl + CENGİZ show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.