At the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Bochabela String Orchestra performed "Long Way to Freedom", a programme which paid hommage to Nelson Mandela. The orchestra's musicians hail from South Africa's townships. Arts.21 went to go see them.
According to a group of young Oxford University researchers, it's your own fault if you think life is getting worse. In terms of poverty, life expectancy and infant mortality, global statistics show positive improvement.
Traditionally, the Maasai people's women don't hold jobs - least of all as wildlife conservationists. But now several Maasai women are being trained as park rangers in Amboseli National Park.
Soffia Theodorsdottir lives in a typical Icelandic home in the south of the country. She campaigns against water in plastic bottles, and in her spare time she likes to play on her old Bluthner piano.
Scientists and farmers in northern Morocco are measuring the number of remaining insects. Populations of butterflies, wild bees and flies have fallen, which could have a dramatic impact on food production.
Kurdish biologist Hana Raza was worried the Persian leopard hadn't survived the wars in Northern Iraq. But her fears were put to rest when the animal was spotted in the mountains in 2011. Since then she's been campaigning for a reserve for them.
Lebanon’s iconic 19th century palace of Beiteddine, was the setting for the regional debut of The Broken Wings musical at the annual Beiteddine Art Festival.
The Beiteddine Art Festival is one of the most prestigious annual music festivals in the Middle East.
A passion for the performing arts, and a desire to bolster his country’s cultural scene, saw Dr. Abdelsalam Qubailat set up the Al Shams Theatre in Amman three years ago.
The Indian city is growing fast but public transportation isn't keeping pace. Congestion and pollution are problems. A green transport policy is in the works to make the city cleaner and more liveable.
The Middle East and North Africa gaming market is one of the least developed worldwide, but that’s changing fast as promoters and developers are taking it to the next level.
Being the co-founder of Atari, and the inventor of the smash-hit 1970’s arcade game Pong, earned Nolan Bushnell the nickname of, “the father of video-gaming”.
The Guinness World Records is a benchmarking institution best-known for having authenticated and catalogued feats of human endeavour since 1955.
Sixteen years ago, Egyptian adventurer Omar Samra turned his back on a successful career in finance to pursue his love of the great outdoors.
Iraqi musician & conductor Karim Wasfi is working to bring music to war-torn countries.
In a bid to regulate the social media marketing industry, the UAE has made licenses for commercialised influencers mandatory.
The National School of Tattooing, which opened its doors in Tunisia in January, is the only one of its kind in North Africa.
Lolita Hantantiana lives in Madagascar in a house she shares with nine other people. In her free time, the 15-year-old likes playing soccer. One of her goals is to improve her English.
The World Health Organization’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, is calling for united action to strengthen health systems in the the Levant.
Eighteen-year-old UAE-resident Nouran Fouad lost ten kilograms in two months after changing her eating habits and overhauling her lifestyle.
An Emirati businessman wants to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to the Arabian Gulf.
Since the beginning of humankind, inventions have helped move civilizations forward, with many creations coming from Middle East and North Africa.
Investing in inventors is how some countries in the Middle East and North Africa are looking to enrich and enhance their societies.
Deforestation in the Amazon jungle is destroying human and animal habitats at an alarming rate. An NGO in Iquitos is helping local farmers adopt methods that protect more trees and yield better harvests.
Meat is often on the menu when dining in Banja Luka. One favorite is cevapi, kebabs of ground beef served in flatbread. We visit the Obelix Restaurant to see how it is made.
Beatriz de Abreau Soares Schmitz is 15 and lives in Brasilia. She loves to play guitar and to party with her friends, but she is also concerned about global problems such as water scarcity.
In the Al-Hajar mountain chain of northern Oman, what appears to be just a pile of logs is actually an apiary of beehives. This is a centuries-old method of beekeeping which has been passed down from one generation to the next.
Singer-songwriter Moh Flow is hoping to hit the big time with his most recent releases from an upcoming album called Faith.
Egypt is the only nation in North Africa which is home to a domestic American Football League.
Over 2,000 tons of food are thrown away every day in Manila even though one in three Filipinos lives below the poverty line. A chef from the vacation resort of Tagaytay wants to change that.
Scientists in Jordan have discovered that corals in the Gulf of Aqaba are resisting the rise in water temperatures.
Oceanographer and environmentalist, Jean-Michel Cousteau, paid his first visit to the United Arab Emirates as part of his educational conservation programme.
The famous Belen market in Iquitos, Peru specializes in bushmeat. Animal conservationists do what they can to rescue endangered species from wildlife traffickers.
The sale of illegal wildlife has grown into a $20 billion business along with narcotics, arms sales and human trafficking. Online sales make wildlife trafficking even easier.
There were no rhinos left in Uganda until the Rhino Fund imported a few and started a breeding program. Now there are 24 at its sanctuary in Ziwa, protected by a large team of rangers.
Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin is amongst the latest additions in Jordan’s contribution to the international film industry.
Tunisian producer Tarak Ben Ammar has been in the international movie business for almost 50 years.
People with mental health issues have little hope of finding a job, but social entrepreneur Irad Eichler believes in their potential. He's set up a training center to prepare them for working life - overcoming their isolation at the same time.
17-year-old Mutoni Favour lives with her two younger sisters and their uncle and aunt. Her father works as a driver, her mother died while she was still young. She loves to read novels and listen to music.
The Satere-Mawe people grow the Guarana plant using traditional methods in the Amazon basin. They are hoping others will follow their example and prevent further damage to the rainforest.
The emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates was recently elected the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2019.
The tiny fishing village of Kumzar lies in the northern tip of Oman at the strategic trade artery called the Strait of Hormuz, and as a result, has developed an uncommon identity.
Men still dominate many aspects of life in India, with women traditionally staying at home. A cooperative is helping to get women into work and strengthen their position within society.
Famers in Veracruz have cleared large areas of mangroves in recent years that used to protect the coast. The region is now defenseless against storms. A traditional style of crop called a Chinampa could save it.
The Shammar are one of the largest Arab tribes in northern Syria. Its forces fought the IS, and now that the civil war is coming to an end, the Shammar hope to help shape the country's future. he largest Arab tribes in northern Syria. Its forces f...
In 2018, around 10,000 people applied for asylum in Japan. Only 42 were approved - fewer than in any other industrialized country. The rejected applicants are often held in camps with poor living conditions. We went to meet some of them.
The Sahel is hot, dry and barren. Trees have been cut down to make charcoal and building materials. Tony Rinaudo, winner of the 2018 Right Livelihood Award, shows farmers his method of growing new trees from stumps.
Mali was gripped by terrorist conflicts for decades. More than 100,000 people fled to neighboring countries. The 2015 peace treaty led many of them to return. But religious extremists still govern many aspects of everyday life - even in schools.