Uncovering Chiapas Culture with the Hero of Chiapas, Mexico
Learning about Chiapas culture in Mexico's San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Patricia Ferrer worked with "big man" Sergio Castro, known by locals as “heroe de Chiapas.” Don Sergio is a humanitarian, an ethnologist, a collector of Maya costumes, textile and artifacts, museum curator and a polyglot.
Cyprus: Byzantine Museum of Paphos, and the 7 St. Georges Taverna of Geroskipou
The heritage and iconography of Cyprus' Orthodox Christian makes for a fascinating lens through which to explore the small island nation. Making a visit to the Byzantine Museum of Paphos, and the 7 St. Georges taverna of Geroskipou, we discovered insights into some of the conventions of iconography, and the influence of the Orthodox Christian faith on the cuisine of Cyprus.
Kaie Tanner, Estonian Choir Conductor, on Song & Identity
Meet Kaie Tanner, an Estonian choir leader, choral conductor and manager, who talks about the role of music in Estonian culture, and how expressing their national identity through song has been an Estonian tradition for as long as memory serves.
A Secret World of Transformation at Pointe-a Pierre Trinidad
Pointe-a Pierre, Trinidad is a Wildfowl Trust and an NGO dedicated to environmental education and the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl. Meet Trinis Molly R. Gaskin, President of the Trust, who shares her observations on Amerindian beliefs and
Croatian Museum Of Naïve Art In Zagreb: Meet Director Mira Francetić Malčić
Meet Mira Francetic Malcic, for a tour of the Croatian Museum of Naive Art in Zagreb. Mira offers insights into this "art of the people" movement and an introduction to how it got started in Croatia in the mid-1930s, now a distinct segment of 20th century art.
Meet Maltese Chef Josef Baldacchino on Malta's Cuisine
Traveling to Malta and interested in its cuisine? Check out BCD's interview with Maltese chef Josef Baldacchino who dishes on the Marsaxlokk Sunday fish market, role of street vendors in local culture and influence of Catholic faith on favorite recipes!
The "Dalahäst" or Swedish Dala Horse and Swedish Identity
The Swedish Dala Horse offers an insight into traditions in Sweden and the Nordic countries. Since the Stone-Age, horses have been high valued possessions in Scandinavia and were the difference between life or death throughout the region's roadless plains.
On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Antonio Avilés Burgos of Orocovis
Explore the Puerto Rico santos tradition, a form of religious folk art believed to be at least two centuries old. Meet fourth generation santero Antonio Burgos of Orocovis and learn from collectors about the master artisans and symbolism
An Interview with Victor Bravo, Flamenco Artist & Dance Director at the Flamenco Museum Seville
Victor Bravo is a flamenco artist and Dance Director at the Flamenco Museum Seville, Spain. He has pursued a stage career performing pure flamenco as well as working with classical and modern dance companies. Some of the well-known companies with which he has danced are those of María Pagés, Lauren Postigo and Joaquín Cortés.
Ana Ros of Hisa Franko Restaurant: On Risk & Re-Learning Traditions
Ana Ros is co-owner of Hiša Franko restaurant in Slovenia's Soca Valley, where she designs creative dishes with strong flavours and locally sourced ingredients. Let her share her ‘Kilometer Zero’ philosophy, how she combines innovation with tradition, the pros & cons of working with your spouse, and the benefits of being open-minded. She integrates Slovenian heritage and traditions within her food, and what’s she learned from the cuisines of other cultures.
Cenotes in Yucatan, Mexico - The Mayan Waters of Life
Cenotes in Yucatan, Mexico, are one of the countries best loved attractions, and its 3,000 cenotes offer a magical way to cool off and access Mayan mystery. Take the plunge into the turquoise pools like Cenotes Yaax Ek, Zaci and Ik Kil, and immerse yourself in local culture and history!
Jose Santos Tamay, Mayan healer: I recognize in you my other I
In Mexico's Yucatan, near the ancient Mayan ruin of Chichen Itza, ancient rituals are still practiced by J'men, or shaman. In this revealing and inspiring interview, Mayan healer Jose Santos Tamay debunks myths about Mayan beliefs and offers insight on cultural and spiritual concepts that are both profound and exceedingly practical.
Zapotec Weavers of Santa Ana del Valle in Oaxaca
Mexico's state of Oaxaca is known for its colorful and vibrant arts scene with good reason! Meet father and son tradition-bearers Alberto Sánchez Garcia and Bëërt Sánchez Martinez from the village of Santa Ana del Valle. This powerful profile of sixth-and seventh-generation Zapotec weavers offers insight into their inspiration, creativity and process...as well as a moving story of a father's journey to provide a life, and a legacy, for his son.
Parachicos, Chiapa de Corzo - Healing old Hurts through Pageantry
Parachicos Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, is a spectacular festival, filled with meaning behind the Parachicos tradition colourful costumes and joyful dancing. Read about the experience of the festival and about the historic and cultural reasons the exuberance of this Mestizo festival contrasts with the personal boundaries of many Mayans.
Malta’s Colorful Boats
Malta's known for its colorful boats; let BCD introduce you to local skippers who offer the history & traditions behind crafts known as Dghajsas, Frigatinas and Luzzus. Take a tour with BCD of Malta's Grand Harbor with impressive architecture created by Knights of St. John. Enjoy a virtual visit the aquamarine waters of the Blue Grotto. Experience the lively fishing harbor of Marsaxlokk Bay where boats sport the Eye of Osiris!
Archaeologist Reuben Grima on Lessons of Malta's Megalithic Legacy
In powerful Q&A, meet archaeologist Dr. Reuben Grima and get the lowdown on Malta's megalithic legacy. Learn how Malta' ancient architecture reveals themes of identity, community and ritual. Get insight into how the ancient city of Valletta manages to balance preservation and sustainable growth.
Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese & Family: Beloved Italian Institutions
Learn first-hand about Italy's tradition of cheese making from Serena Peveri who is a third-generation member of her family’s artisanal cheese-making enterprise, Ciao Latte. BCD offers exclusive insight of the skill, heart and soul that go into producing this tasty morsel of history. If you're planning to travel abroad, we have information on cultural heritage attractions that will enhance your experience!
Celtic Rituals & Celtic Spiritual Tradition Through the Irish Landscape with Dara Malloy
Fascinated by Celtic spirituality? Want to know more about Celtic Rituals? Meet Dara Molloy, a Celtic priest and author who gives you the lay of the land of his adopted home of Inis Mor, one of Ireland’s three Aran Islands. Discover the legends behind