Brothers Chrispen Matsika, 39, and Alvin Matsika, 33, (right) create arts and crafts to sell in the city center of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest municipality. The two have been making shoes, handbags, jewelry, hats and other items for more than 10 years.
D.I. Indika Priyadarshana, 32, has filled a clay pot with water to inspect it for leaks at his roadside pottery stand in Attidiya, a suburb of Colombo, the economic and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Priyadarshana set up his stall several days before the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year on April 14 for customers who followed the holiday tradition of boiling coconut milk in a new clay pot.
Susana Esquinca dances as guitarist Wilbert González and saxophonist Anuska Moracho play flamenco music at Los Gauchos in Puerto Morelos, a town in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The group has been together for five years and performs at this restaurant every Monday night.
Walter Rabinal plays piano in a park in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, as part of the “El Viaje” project, which puts pianos in public places for anyone to use. The project aims to help Guatemalan communities take an interest in music, to promote harmony and unity.
The band Eddie y Los Grasosos plays for dancers at the monthly Noche de Museos, or Night of Museums, on the main patio at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City. Before the concert, the museum screened the movie “Grease” to create a rock ’n’ roll atmosphere.
Protesters gathered in front of the Kathmandu office of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Wednesday to demand justice for people who suffered human rights abuses during Nepal’s 10-year civil war. The commission, created in 2014 for a two-year term, was in February extended for another year, but people who experienced human rights abuses worry the war criminals will never be called to account for their actions. Sabitri Shrestha, pictured, says a Maoist soldier killed her 32-year-old brother in 1998. When another brother reported that death, he, too, was shot dead in front of his young daughter, Rachana Shrestha, who later committed suicide when she was just 12 years old. Read more Global Press coverage on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission here.
Rodolfo Arturo Gómez Lavarrios, 23, breakdances in a public park in Mexico City. Gómez Lavarrios, who goes by his b-boy, or breakdancing, name, Arfo, says it’s difficult to find places to dance in the capital. Sometimes it’s because the floor isn’t the right surface, while other times it’s because some people drive him and other breakdancers away. “Some people don’t know us, but they have a bad opinion [of us],” he says.
Magizh Madhi draws in the kolam style in front of her house in Palamedu, a village in India. The folk art is created with white rice flour, which is sometimes mixed with colored powder to draw geometric patterns around grids and dots. Kolam practitioners often create the art form before sunrise to bring prosperity to their homes. Before they begin, the artists clear the area with water, sweep it and then wax it with cow dung, which is believed to be an antiseptic.
A family of musicians in Mexicali, a city in Baja California state, performs for motorists queueing to enter the U.S. near the border checkpoint at the Calexico West Port of Entry. Alier Delval, 18 (far left), holds a drum and cup for donations, while his father, Simón Delval, 48, plays the trumpet, his brother Ervey Delval, 17, plays the clarinet, and Simón Delval’s wife Lorena Trillas, 35, plays the drum. The family, which is standing up against the border wall, has been playing popular Mexican songs for passing motorists for 14 years.
A dancer walks through the streets of Chiapa de Corzo, a municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, during the Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo. The dancer is known as a “parachico,” which, translated literally, means “for the boy.” He wears a mask made to look like a Spanish conquistador. The festival lasts for about two weeks each January and honors three Catholic saints, Our Lord of Esquipulas, St. Anthony the Abbot and St. Sebastian. Parachicos dance as an offering to the saints in homes and churches that have erected altars for them.
People enjoy an exhibit titled “Luz e Imaginación”, which in English means “Light and Imagination,” at the Museo de la Ciudad de México on Jan. 11. As visitors interact with sound, the Mexico City museum room is darkened so visitors can watch light rays beam down from the roof. The exhibit began in late November and runs through Feb. 12.
A group of boys from Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, use plastic whistles and metal buckets fashioned into drums to perform in the city center. The boys, who wear T-shirts that say “Young Boys Band,” take donations that are used to buy their school supplies.
Visitors at the Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina museum in Mexico City participated in a blindfolded tour on Nov. 30 designed to create awareness of how visually impaired people experience such events. The event is part of the museum’s monthly Noche de Museos, or Night of Museums, which convenes nocturnal visitors to the Palacio the last Wednesday of each month.
Adelaide Mhlanga, left, and Peggy Masuku pose in their outfits for a competition showcasing the traditional clothes of the Ndebele people, the second-largest tribal community in Zimbabwe. Mhlanga wears traditionally beaded clothing, while Masuku wears an outfit made of seeds from the Mopani tree, which grows in Zimbabwe’s dry regions. The event was held at the Amagugu International Heritage Centre in Matobo district in southwestern Zimbabwe.
Artisans from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico, take a photo of themselves in their booth at the 15th annual “Son para Milo,” which celebrates traditional Mexican music. The festival took place from Oct. 13 – 16 in Mexico City, Mexico’s capital.
Children dance alongside a member of Barefeet Theatre, a group that teaches children theater arts, dance and other skills, during a cultural and tourism festival in the Kabwata suburb of Lusaka. The event, known as Pamodzi Carnival, showcases Zambia’s cultural heritage through music and dance. The carnival occurred in late September.
Nonhlanhla Mathe displays her art at a women-only exhibition called “Art on the Stoep” in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The exhibit, which was held in mid-September, featured nine local artists. Many of Mathe’s pieces showcase batik-style designs. Her work has been exhibited both in Zimbabwe and abroad.
Fadhili, an artist who has a stand near a former slave market in Stone Town, Tanzania, paints scenes that highlight the country’s history of slavery. He depicts female slaves in this painting. Most of his work is sold to tourists.
Zambian artist B Flow (right) and his dancer entertain a crowd in Lusaka, Zambia, during a Feb. 13 event related to International Condom Day. The event was one of many for the day, which promoted HIV and AIDS awareness.