Month: August 2011

Weddings in Eastern Europe Exhibition Live

The virtual exhibition Weddings in Eastern Europe is now live on Europeana. You can listen to the Zanta Polka, watch a ‘bottle dance‘ and learn about local customs and ceremonies from Eastern Europe. So please, take a look and let us know what you think!  View the exhibition.

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Baroque Music

Baroque music – like all music – divides opinions strongly: some people enjoy its rich texture and abundant decorations while others might feel that all Baroque music sounds the same with popular chord progressions being used over and over again. The era of Baroque music often means the period from the beginning of the 17th […]

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Weddings in Eastern Europe Virtual Exhibition

Next week we’re launching our latest virtual exhibition; Weddings in Eastern Europe.  This exhibition has a wonderful selection of images, audio and video. Want a sneak preview? Here’s what you can expect from the exhibition…. In traditional cultures, the wedding was one of the most important and complex of all social ceremonies, with its own […]

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Steam Engines: From Trains to Toffee

James Watt’s (1736-1819) voice echoes every time someone mentions steam engines. Watt, however, was preceded by a bunch of inventors whose names are less often mentioned: Heron (c. 10–70 AD), Giovanni Branca (1571-1645), Denis Papin (1647-1712), Thomas Savery (1650–1715) and Thomas Newcomen (1664-1729) to mention a few. Based on the basic principles of thermodynamics and mechanics, […]

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Happy Birthday to Claude Debussy!

Claude-Achille Debussy, one of the world’s greatest composers, was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on the 22nd of August in 1862. He is best known for his contributions to impressionist music. His rich and easily distinguishable chord progressions have made a lasting impression on the European musical landscape. Debussy’s main instru­ment was piano. His com­po­si­tions for […]

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Rare photographs of fashion designer Coco Chanel

“I don’t do fashion, I am fashion“, once said Coco Chanel. Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) is one of the most influential designers in the history of fashion. Her influence on fashion was so profound that she was the only person in the couturier field to be in Time […]

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Greetings from Hamburg

On this day in 1960, The Beatles gave their first public performance in Keiserkeller in Hamburg. Let’s see some of the places in Hamburg that fascinated the legendary four. St. Pauli This vibrant quarter of Hamburg is full of clubs, pubs and bars. It’s also the place where the night club Keiserkeller is located. Michel […]

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Maestà in all its beauty

The latest collection from the Kunsthistorische Institut in Florenz includes the renowned work of the Italian painter Simone di Martino – Maestà. Simone di Martino (c. 1284–1344) was the key figure in the development of early Italian painting and the International Gothic style. Very little is known about Simone, but it is believed that he started […]

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Madonna turns 53

No, we are not talking about the Madonna, the mother of Jesus. This is about Madonna, the great singer, actress and enterpreneur… and yes, the mother of Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy.               Madonna is recognized as the world’s top-selling female recording artist of all times by the Guinness […]

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Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821

Few leaders in the world have amassed such fame as the French Napoleon Bonaparte (also Buonaparte). He was born in Corsica on 15th August 1769 – 242 years ago – to Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino. By the time of the French Revolution (1789) he was 20 years old and by the time of his […]

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Sports Records

New world records attract worldwide attention year after year. Although they are mostly about individual performances, they bolster our collective idea about the human race and its capabilities. This kind of thinking is something very integral of our true nature; despite basing our superiority on the planet on wit, we still greatly value our physical […]

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Works from the Louvre

The 10th of August marks the opening of the Louvre Museum. It was first opened in 1793 with an exhibition consisting of 537 paintings and the amount of works presented has been growing ever since. Louvre’s immense collection of 35,000 artworks makes picking just a few works for highlighting difficult. I was looking through their […]

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The wonders of the Sistine Chapel

“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving”, wrote Johann Wolfgang Goethe in 1787. About five centuries ago, the first mass was celebrated in the Sistine Chapel. Today the chapel located in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican […]

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Around the world on Graf Zeppelin

On August 8, 1929, Graf Zeppelin, a large airship named after the German pioneer of airships, count von Zeppelin, started its travel around the globe. The voyage received massive media and public interest and became Graf Zeppelin’s most renowned flight. With about 60 passengers on board, among them a reporter who became the first woman […]

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Happy International Beer Day!!!

Cheers, salute, santé to beer fans! Today is international beer day! There are celebrations in 138 cities in 23 countries, where will you celebrate?

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Content from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

New content on Europeana includes these items from the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) provided through the Irish Manuscripts Commission. The ITMA is a ‘national reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland’ The archive holds an impressive collection of sound recordings, books, sheet music, photograps, videos and DVDS. Items from […]

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