Culture

  • America First, but which European country will be second?

    By on Feb. 9, 2017

    "America First." We all got that message loud and clear. But which of the European countries will be second? The Dutch got in early with their satirical video, and now the rest of Europe’s comedians are getting involved. Which European country will Trump choose as second-best? And how does he feel about his newfound ability to unite Europe?

  • Why are Britain's Eurovision entries always so awful?

    By on Jan. 25, 2017

    Despite being one of the five countries automatically allowed to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, the United Kingdom has failed to make the Top 10 for seven consecutive years. And if this year’s contenders are anything to go by, the UK isn’t getting rid of that reputation any time soon. [OPINION]

  • Olivia Ruiz: "I have a duty to remember"

    By on Jan. 16, 2017

    From La femme chocolat to her latest album, À nos Corps-Aimants, Olivia Ruiz has designed her own multifaceted silhoutte, capable of picking up and then discarding styles and entire genres at will. But there is one influence which does seem to stick around: her Spanish origins, and the story of her immigrant family.

  • 2016: A year of smiles and light

    By on Dec. 20, 2016

    2016 has been a shocking year. More than once we have woken up with heavy hearts, not quite knowing what to think, say or do. During these tough times, when words seem to fail us, why not derive inspiration from timeless gems of wisdom, to soothe the chaos.  It's not cliché, it allows us to survive. 

  • Where is our generation's Bob Dylan?

    By on Dec. 19, 2016

    We look back at this year with a global face-palm and a universal sigh of exasperation. Instead of singing about reform and revolution, our generation has chosen memes and parodies as a coping mechanism. Why are we moving farther away from traditional protest music? [OPINION] 

  • Train of thought: 100 years of the Trans-Siberian Railway

    By on Dec. 14, 2016

    In 2016 the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest railway in the world connecting Europe and Asia along 9,289 km of track from Moscow to Vladivostok, celebrated its 100th birthday. French photographer Damien Rayuela invites you to hop on board his 'train of thought' crossing China, Russia and Mongolia, and get a glimpse of what its passengers see and feel.

  • Voices of Refugees: A journey to the end of the world

    By on Dec. 13, 2016

    Since its first screening at the European Parliament, the film Voices of Refugees has made its way all around Europe. Cafébabel met Alexandre Beddock, one of the documentary's directors, who explained how this experience made a huge impact on his life. 

  • Archive: "You can't do 20 years of pure misery"

    By on Dec. 13, 2016

    Along with Massive Attack and Portishead, they’re one of the most important trip-hop bands of all time, and 20 years later Archive is one of the only groups left standing. But at what cost? We spoke to bandmembers Danny Griffiths and Dave Pen about how they stay positive in the face of Brexit and Donald Trump...

  • Mai Masri: "3000 Nights is a universal story about justice"

    By on Dec. 8, 2016

    3000 Nights is the story of Layal (Maisa Abd Elhadi), a Palestinian woman in the 1980s who is incarcerated in an Israeli prison - only to find out she's pregnant. We talked to director Mai Masri about balancing fact and fiction, working with children, and the challenges of shooting in a real prison...

  • Crystal Fighters: "Brexit won't make such a difference"

    By on Nov. 25, 2016

    The story of the Crystal Fighters has long been shrouded in myth, one that the English band has been toying with for the duration of their three album releases. Long believed to be Spanish, this young and successful band are not fazed by the misrepresentation of their identities. They love the Basque and British cultures equally - even after the shock of Brexit...