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A Tale of Four Residents of Estonia's 'Culture Capital' of Tartu

Are you a student of history? A believer in dreaming big dreams? Let BCD introduce you to Estonia's 'Culture Capital' of Tartu, which offers a window into the art, architecture and daily of its residents from the days of artisans of Hanseatic League in the 13th century to the account of two contemporary artists who share their story of fulfilling a Communist-era dream.

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A Tale of Four Residents of Estonia's 'Culture Capital' of Tartu

Arizona’s Sinagua Petroglyphs Inspire Wonder

V-Bar-V Heritage Site is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley of central Arizona, and one of the best-preserved. The rock art was created by the Sinagua people between the 12th -14th centuries, and it is a catalyst for connecting with their ancient culture, as well as inspiring awe and an awakening about our relationship with the dimension of time. The 1,032 petroglyphs on 13 panels are sure to fire the imagination of any armchair archaeologist or spiritual seeker.

Arizona’s Sinagua Petroglyphs Inspire Wonder

The Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas on Gospel Music & the Gifts of Growing Up

Irma Thomas is known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans." In 2007, she won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for "After the Rain," her first Grammy in a career spanning over 50 years. In this powerful and inspiring Q & A, Irma shares her love of her hometown Nawlins and Gospel music, and reveals her surprising start in the music business, the impact of Katrina, and what it was like to be the Queen of the Krewe du Vieux during Carnival. In this interview, Irma touched on themes that are universal and resonate with deep meaning — dealing with the death of a parent, learning from mistakes, being authentic, overcoming challenges and enjoying successes, and trusting there is a plan for us. Irma's down-to-earth candor, humor, humility, depth and warmth are refreshing, inspiring and very powerful.

The Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas on Gospel Music & the Gifts of Growing Up

Power of Place: San Gimignano

Explore Tuscany’s San Gimignano and meet Cledy Tancredi, a resident whose destiny brought her to San Gimignano more than 25 years ago. Learn why and how Cledy developed a powerful connection to the town and its history and connection to saffron. Feel the palpable power that arises from San Gimignano’s spectacular cultural landscape. Get a glimpse from BCD of the connection you to experience with Tuscany's power of place!


Power of Place: San Gimignano

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

Eco Tourism Pioneer Lucy Fleming on Belize & Life as a Spiritual Practice

Thinking of traveling to Belize? The Cayo District in the western part of the country borders Guatemala and was once the heart of the Belizean Maya world and is still rich with pre-Columbian archaeological sites. Cayo encompassses two thousand square miles of jungle and is one of the most vivid environments on the planet. It is hard to imagine anyone who has a better grasp on the attitude that is needed to adapt to and be in harmony with this kind of full-on, in-your-face life force than Lucy Fleming, one of the world’s eco tourism pioneers, who settled in Belize in 1977 and, with her husband Mick, founded Chaa Creek Lodge, today one of the best-known sustainable tourism enterprises on the planet. In this riveting interview, Lucy reveals the Belize she has called home for more than forty years, and shares some powerful personal experiences she's had that are sure to inspire you. . Buckle your seat belt and get ready for an adventure!


Eco Tourism Pioneer Lucy Fleming on Belize & Life as a Spiritual Practice

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

Cultural Connections - Pico Island

With this mesmerizing video, visit Pico, part of the Azorean archipelago of ancient volcanic islands located in the Atlantic ocean. On Pico, you feel the rich, fertile, potent power of the black earth. But the awe-inspiring forces that made all that black lava rock are unpredictable, and so on Pico, most people seek a connection with a comforting, protective divinity...and with each other. That connection is evidenced in the Bom Jesus festival, held in the village of Sao Mateaus each August 6, and at the Santo Amaro Craft School. BCD scouts out and brings you the most authentic cultural tourism experiences!

Cultural Connections - Pico Island

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
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Sasunik & Armenian Dance: Connection to Home, Culture & Identity

Join BCD in a journey to Sasunik, about 40 minutes north of Yerevan, Armenia's capital and experience an exuberant manifestation of traditional dance by local school girls. The country's ancient tradition of folk dance is a physical expression of making a visceral connection to the land, an expression of rootedness, of home, of community and of identity. Learn about the poignant history of Sasunik's founders' escape from the Genocide, the Armenian epic called the Daredevils of Sassoun, and the role of heroes in keeping our cultures alive.

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Sasunik & Armenian Dance: Connection to Home, Culture & Identity