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John Lind: an early drag icon

One of the most successful female impersonators in the early 20th century

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Folklore shadow puppet theatre: a Greek summer holiday tradition

History of Karagiozis shadow theatre, a staple summer evening entertainment for many in Greece

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Adriatic relationships: Carlo Goldoni’s La Dalmatina

The 18th century play La Dalmatina by Carlo Goldoni – sometimes referred to as ‘the Italian Molière’ – is a striking illustration of the relationship between Venice, Istria and Dalmatia.

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Grynoriai: Lithuanian-American life in the early 20th century

Lithuania has long been a nation of immigrants, with the majority of the Lithuanian diaspora living in the United States. In this blog, Giedrė Milerytė-Japertienė of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania describes Lithuanian-American life through digitised photographs and ephemera from the library’s collections.

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The world was her stage: the extraordinary life and times of Unė Baye

From Hollywood glamour to the Siberian gulag, the life of Lithuanian actor Unė Baye was as dramatic in life as it was on the stage Uršulė Babickaitė-Graičiūnienė was born in the Lithuanian village of Laukminiškiai. She began acting and singing whilst in elementary school. In 1913, she moved to Russia, where she studied music, drama […]

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Les sons de l’Asie et de Madagascar à l’Exposition coloniale internationale de 1931

Chaque mois, Europeana Music est animée par un invité afin de mettre en valeur la grande variété de musique disponible surEuropeana. En ce mois de novembre, la Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) vous présente quelques sons de l’Exposition coloniale internationale de 1931 et vous fait voyager à travers le temps et l’espace à la visite des musiques […]

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The sounds of Asia and Madagascar at the 1931 French colonial Exhibition

Each month, we invite a guest to write about a musical subject and highlight some of the material on Europeana Music. For the month of November, the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF – National Library of France) presents some sounds of the 1931 French colonial exhibition and makes you travel through time and space with music […]

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Take a trip to the theatre

William Shakespeare may have written that all the world’s a stage, but today on #LoveTheatreDay, all Europeana is a stage. We’ve searched our collections to find artworks and photographs which give a glimpse into theatrical life over several hundred years. Whether indoor or outdoors, the theatre is a place where imagination and creativity reign. The […]

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Lope de Vega – never short of a drama

Félix Arturo Lope de Vega y Carpio was born 25 November 1562 and died on 27 August 1635. He was a terrifically prolific writer and one of the best dramatists and lyric poets of the Spanish Golden Century of Baroque Literature. His plays are still being performed today. In his time, he penned some 3,000 […]

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A little bit about Brecht

‘It’s all very Brechtian’ – a phrase I’ve heard many times referring to some theatrical production or other. I take it to mean that there’s minimal set, the actors are all very serious, they wear black and they spend most of their time with their backs to the audience. So, to me, Brecht looks like […]

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