Appearing in China at the end of the 19th century, rickshaws originally had two wheels and were pulled by their driver on foot, with passengers seated at the back. Today, most of the vehicles are tricycles – some still have pedals and are propelled by physical force, but the majority are equipped with electric or gas engines.
Not many chefs don a welding mask before they enter the kitchen, but Sila Sutharat prefers to cook his chicken sunny side up. Two hours south of Bangkok this 60-year-old vendor has found an ingenious way to offer his customers something a little different by harnessing the power of the sun. Using a large wall of nearly 1,000 moveable mirrors — a device he designed and built himself — he focuses the sun’s rays onto a row of marinated chickens, sizzling away under the intense heat.
See how countries are representing themselves at the “Olympics of the art world” with this tour from the media preview of the 57th Venice Biennale, which opens Saturday. For just the second time in its history, the Baltimore Museum of Art is presenting the U.S. entry in the competition. The theme is “Viva Arte Viva”.
At the weeklong Cheung Chau Bun Festival on an outlying island of Hong Kong, a competition to grab faux steamed buns from a 60-foot tower isn’t even the grandest spectacle. The stars of the traditional Chinese celebration are the children of the Floating Colors parade. Dressed as deities or cultural figures, the youngsters are hoisted over the crowd, the rigging supporting them hidden by their elaborate costumes, giving the appearance they are gliding.
The full-time Central School of Ballet in London offers a three-year course for 16- to 19-year-olds from Britain and around the world, with students going on to have careers in classical ballet, contemporary dance and musical theatre. In the final year, students join the school’s graduate touring company, Ballet Central, and work towards obtaining the BA (Hons) degree in Professional Dance and Performance.