Nora Castro, 39, takes photos of a hanging fiber sculpture illuminated with color-changing light, during the fourth Festival Internacional de Luces, the International Festival of Lights, at the Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, a cultural center in Mexico City. This was one of 21 illuminated art pieces exhibited across Mexico City for the Nov. 16-19 festival.
Shoppers buy pottery and utensils made from mud near the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir. Even though the use of mud utensils has largely declined in Kashmir, some people still prefer them.
Mexican singer Jaramar performs in a multimedia show on Nov. 4 at Mexico City’s Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris, to mark the release of her sixteenth album, “Sueños”. Jaramar is also a painter, illustrator and sculptor, and her album “El Hilo Invisible” was named Best Classical Music Album at the 2016 Latin Grammy Awards. The album contains Sephardic songs accompanied by the ensemble Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
Irma Mora, 54, (left) and Ernestina Treto, 55, who belong to the collective Zion Art Studio, paint final details on “Maconda,” a 78-inch “alebrije” that they and two other women spent two months crafting at the Fábrica de Artes y Oficios de Oriente, or FARO, a cultural center and arts and crafts school in Mexico City, for the city’s annual alebrijes parade and contest. Alebrijes represent fantastical animals and are usually made of papier-mâché. After local artisan Pedro Linares created them in the 1930s, alebrijes became a traditional craft in Mexico City. Linares made the first figures after falling ill and dreaming about the creatures, who shouted to him, “Alebrijes!”
Antonio Terraza, 75, uses polyester thread to crochet a traditional “morral,” or satchel. He’s in front of a store near his home in the village of Vicalama, part of the municipality of Nebaj, in Guatemala's Quiché department. Preserving a tradition of his community, Terraza uses threads of many colors.
People attending the 10th Bayimba International Festival of the Arts in Kampala, Uganda, drink malwa, a local beer made of millet. This year’s festival, held Sept. 22 to 24, showcased work from Ugandan, German, South African and Colombian artists.
Lucy Ovilla (second from right) instructs artists from Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico, as they prepare a collective art display titled “Curanderas,” or healer women, for the exhibition “Ivaginarium,” organized by La Botica Fundación de Arte Contemporáneo. As part of “Curanderas,” each artist designed and made a doll, as a step toward healing.
Members of Barefeet Theater wear butterfly costumes as they march in a carnival procession at this year’s Barefeet Youth Arts Festival in Lusaka, Zambia. Barefeet Theater hosts this annual festival, which uses art and performance to help bring attention to and provide support for vulnerable children in Zambia.
Fredrick King, 25, dances the bachata, a style originally from the Dominican Republic, with Roxane Smyth, 17, in Belgravia, an area of Harare, Zimbabwe. King teaches salsa, ballroom and bachata dance. He says these dances are not common among men in Zimbabwe.
Dancers from regions throughout Mexico traveled to the southern town of Chiapa de Corzo for the 1a Muestra Nacional de Danzón, to celebrate the danzón style. The rhythmic partner dance originated in Cuba in the late 19th century and is popular in Mexico. This gathering, the first of its kind in Chiapa de Corzo, aimed to preserve danzón and to promote the style.
Saana Gateja shows his artwork, made from recycled paper beads and cloth, at his workshop in Lubowa, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Gateja tells stories with his art and aims to teach Uganda’s history and traditions through visual arts and crafts.
Walgens Celus, 29, uses a razor blade on his paintings in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. Celus studied painting for 16 years. He has practiced his own street-art style, which involves blending colors with a razor blade.
Juan Barbosa, 23, (right) and Victor Carlos, 23, sing covers of tunes by 1960s artists, like The Beatles and The Doors, in downtown Mexico City with their band The Folks. The group performs in the streets, as well as at private events, to get money to fund personal musical projects.
Kennedy Mukadi, 14, performs a hip-hop choreographic style called krumping at the third annual Kivu Dance Battle in July, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma, North Kivu province. Faraja Batumike, the event’s founder, says the dance battle gives young artists an opportunity to display their talents and may help them cross into a professional career.
The drummers of Kika Entertainment performed for guests with their traditional Bakisimba music at the opening event of the Buganda Book Fair on July 20 in Kampala, Uganda. The event encouraged reading and writing, especially in the Luganda language, and focused on topics relating to Buganda, a kingdom in central Uganda that includes Kampala, the nation’s capital.
Zacharie Tabaro, 57, sands a guitar he is making in Bukavu, the capital of the South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tabaro has trained about 50 young people from Bukavu in the art of making guitars.
Tenoch López, 44, sells jade and obsidian sculptures made by local artisans to tourists at the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in the ancient city of Teotihuacán, a UNESCO World Heritage site about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. “Foreigners see my work as art; locals often think they are just knickknacks, and I have troubles selling them,” Lopez says. “Then I lower the price, and the Americans and Europeans tell me that I’m crazy.”
In Mount Pleasant, a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe, Nyasha Manyeruke, 20, shows artwork that her company, Reysh Alef, collects and sells as a part of its Art of Humanity Project, which helps artists to network and to sell their works. The project also uses materials made from recycled waste to make science kits that are donated to schools in impoverished areas.
Near the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon in Teotihuacán, Mexico, Juan de Dios Vargas, 57, sells obsidian and jade sculptures made by local artisans. The archaeological site and ancient city of Teotihuacán, about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, has UNESCO World Heritage status.
In Harare, Zimbabwe, Chriss Grey (left), the host of a weekly music TV show called “Live Sessions,” interviews singer Takura about his successes and failures in the music industry. Programs like “Live Sessions” help the local television and entertainment industries in Zimbabwe to reach younger audiences.
Woodly Caymite, 24, a resident of the Carrefour-Feuilles neighborhood of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, uses a rotary tool to refine a sculpture. Caymite has been using sculpting as a therapeutic tool since the 2010 earthquake, which killed many of his loved ones.
Pasang Gurung, 49, uses a hand loom to weave traditional clothes and accessories for herself and her family in Mustang, a district in northwestern Nepal. Hand looms are common in Mustang villages, and some residents sell their products to foreign tourists for extra income.
Hajari Rosas, 2, plays the drum with her father, Diego, as he performs music for tips in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a major city in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. Diego Rosas has been traveling with his daughter and her mother for a year and a half around southeast Mexico, and on a good day he is able to make 400 to 600 pesos ($21 to $31).
Malena Páez, 20, sits on an interactive art installment at the Centro Cultural Recoleta’s new exhibit, “Entrar en Juego,” or “Enter the Game,” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Centro Cultural Recoleta allows visitors to approach and connect with art and offers free admission to many exhibits.