Divali & Diversity in Trinidad: Let there be Light!

Watch this video to gain valuable insight into the diversity in Trinidad and The Hindu Divali festival which celebrates light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Divali is observed every year over a five-day period in early autumn and coincides with the new moon, a time of deep darkness. The vibrant & colorful manifestations of Hindu culture in evidence everywhere exuded a sense of optimism and joy.

Divali & Diversity in Trinidad: Let there be Light!

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.

An Interview with Victor Bravo, Flamenco Artist & Dance Director at the Flamenco Museum Seville

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.

Archaeologist Reuben Grima on Lessons of Malta's Megalithic Legacy

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!

Meet Maltese Chef Josef Baldacchino on Malta's Cuisine

The Hero of Chiapas by Patricia Ferrer

Guest writer Patricia Ferrer shares her voluntourism experiences in Mexico's San Cristóbal de Las Casas, working 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. Patricia takes us on his life journey, diving into the history and culture of many of the villages in which he has positively impacted.

The Hero of Chiapas by Patricia Ferrer

Kaie Tanner, Estonian Choral Conductor, on Song & Identity

Meet Kaie Tanner, an Estonian choral conductor and manager, who offers an up close & personal view of the role of music in Estonian culture, and what its like to lead a choir of thousands! Expressing their national identity through song has been an Estonian tradition for as long as memory serves–-the Estonian Literature Museum contains more than 1.5 million pages of folk songs and there are continual competitions and festivals around the country. The country’s “choir culture” is flourishing, with music continuing to serve as the force that unites Estonians as they enter the third decade of their fledgling democracy.

Kaie Tanner, Estonian Choral Conductor, on Song & Identity

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!


Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese & Family: Beloved Italian Institutions

Dara Molloy on Accessing Celtic Spiritual Tradition Through the Irish Landscape

Fascinated by Celtic spirituality? 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 the sites & traditions of Inis Mor such as Dun Aengus, Na Seacht dTeampaill & St John’s festival. Let BCD take you on a spiritual journey informing you of local people and sharing their wisdom with you!

Dara Molloy on Accessing Celtic Spiritual Tradition Through the Irish Landscape

The Dala Horse and Swedish Identity

How does folk art embody a culture's history and identity? Scandinavia's Dala Horse offers some insight into how a mode of survival becomes a beloved symbol of a country's ideals and values. 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. Take a ride with BCD through the history of the Dala Horse & meet the artisans keeping this beloved custom alive!

The Dala Horse and Swedish Identity

Carina Costa of the Azores' Terra Nostra Gardens

Do you aspire to a career following your bliss? Check out Q&A with Azorean gardener doing just that! Carina Costa is a second-generation steward of Terra Nostra Gardens, a cultural landmark in Furnas village on Sao Miguel Island. Soak up the history of this 200-year old garden set in volcanic crater & amidst therapeutic springs. Enjoy a tutorial on plant cataloguing, camellias & cultivars! Get insight into the design of an English border garden in the Azores! Dig deep into what makes a career rewarding and how Terra Nostra Gardens is unique.

Carina Costa of the Azores' Terra Nostra Gardens

Slovenian Chef Ana Ros on Risk & Re-Learning Traditions

Are you a Foodie? A risk-taker? A creative? Then you’ll love meeting renowned chef Ana Ros in this thought-provoking Q & A. With her husband Valter, Ana 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. Find out how she integrates Slovenian heritage and traditions within her food, and what’s she learned from the cuisines of other cultures.

Slovenian Chef Ana Ros on Risk & Re-Learning Traditions

Scotland's Chief of Clan Campbell

Meet His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, who shares the dual ancestral roles of Duke of Argyll and Chief of Scotland’s Clan Campbell. In this revealing interview, the figurehead of the world’s Campbell descendants explores the extended family’s ancestral heritage, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Inveraray Castle & shares his views of themes of belonging, individuality, and the role of Scottish clan chief in 21st century. BCD informs your travel by bringing cultural heritage to life with compelling human interest profiles.

Scotland's Chief of Clan Campbell

Meet Mira Francetić Malčić, Director Of Croatian Museum Of Naïve Art In Zagreb

Are you curious about the Naive art genre? Then check out BCD's Q & A with Mira Francetic Malcic, the curator 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. Learn about the personal & professional histories of some Croatia's Naive art luminaries such as Ivan Generalic, Emerik Feješ, Matija Skurjeni and Ivan Rabuzin. Connect with a piece of Croatia's history, and get a new appreciation for a distinct segment of 20th century art.

Meet Mira Francetić Malčić, Director Of Croatian Museum Of Naïve Art In Zagreb

On Island of Cyprus, a Vow: I Will Dance Forever!

Visiting Cyprus? Spend an evening with the locals of village of Geriskipou, where traditional Greek folk dances are performed by the young children! Meet dance teachers Mario Yioua and Charios Pazaros, who explain the meaning behind the traditional dances that are still loved by all generations. Let BCD show you where local traditions are a part of daily life in Cyprus before you travel!

On Island of Cyprus, a Vow: I Will Dance Forever!

Cyprus' Lefkara Lace & the Pattern of Tradition

Can you touch heritage with your hands? In the Lefkara village on the island of Cyprus you can! Leftkara lace making is a tradition brought to Cyprus in the 15th century. Today, its been designated as an item of endangered cultural heritage by UNESCO. Lefkara Handicraft Centre teaches the lace-making tradition to ensure its continued for generations to come. Let BCD give you the back story and local perspectives on Cyprus' cultural heritage before you travel!

Cyprus' Lefkara Lace & the Pattern of Tradition

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!

Malta’s Colorful Boats

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.

Cyprus: Byzantine Museum of Paphos, and the 7 St. Georges Taverna of Geroskipou

The Murals of Hermanas Mirabel in the Dominican Republic

Enjoy the public art paradise of the Dominican Republic providence of Hermanas Mirabel! Meet Dominican artists Maximo Ceballo and Carlos Veras who are among the renowned artists who created 400 murals in the region's towns of Tapia, Tenares, and Salcedo. Learn the history of "Las Mariposas", three local sisters who were part of DR's resistance movement against dictator in early 1960s. Let BCD offer you a unique encounter with the Dominican Republic's cultural and heritage before you travel!

The Murals of Hermanas Mirabel in the Dominican Republic

Old Hurts & Healing Pageantry of Chiapa de Corzo Parachicos

Who is that masked man? Join the celebration of Chiapa de Corzo’s Fiesta de Los Parachicos in Mexico, and find out who all the incognito revelers are & what they are celebrating! Enjoy the colorful costumes & ambiance of this gleeful festival, as well as the meaning behind the Parachicos tradition. Let BCD pass on insights about the historic and cultural reasons the exuberance of this Mestizo festival contrasts with the personal boundaries of many Mayans.

Old Hurts & Healing Pageantry of Chiapa de Corzo Parachicos

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.

Zapotec Weavers of Santa Ana del Valle in Oaxaca

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.

Jose Santos Tamay, Mayan healer: I recognize in  you my other I

Mayan Cenotes - Waters of Life

The Yucatan state of Mexico is famous for the waters of its Mayan Riveria and Mayan ruins like Tulum and Chichen Itza but 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!

Mayan Cenotes - Waters of Life

Close Encounters with Vejigantes in Puerto Rico

Vejigantes are a beloved tradition: vividly-painted and fierce-looking masks, with roots in the celebrations of Ponce’s Carnival and Loiza’s Santiago Apóstol Fiesta. Meet three of the island’s best-known mask-makers, and learn about their techniques and the history of the folk art. BCD offers you the up-close and personal experience of seeing Puerto Rico through the eyes of its locals.

Close Encounters with Vejigantes in Puerto Rico