After hiatus because of COVID, Skagit Tulip Festival returns

After a year’s hiatus because of the statewide stay-at-home order, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival returns in April to offer acres of bright flowers — a pretty sign of spring and, this year, hope for the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

But COVID-19 remains, along with health and safety rules.

So, if you want to get an up-close look at the large gardens operated by Tulip Town and

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The best movies from Sundance Film Festival 2021

The coronavirus pandemic may have forced the Sundance Film Festival to go virtual for the first time in its history, but movie buffs came out in force anyway. The week-long event proved a buzz-generating machine on social media and other places where film lovers congregate, as indie movies like CODA, Passing and Flee premiered to rave reviews from critics and early-bird audiences, suggesting odds are good for mainstream success.

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Sundance Film Festival goes VR for 2021 with virtual reality platform

Getting the full-scale weekend experience at the legendary Sundance Film Festival has always been an exclusive deal — and thanks to limitations posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, spots at this year’s fest are at a higher premium than ever. But with the festival’s bold new push into the VR space, anyone can now get the full-scale cinephile treatment… with nothing more than a $25 access pass and a virtual reality

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Vacaville’s Festival of Trees: 2020online Christmas tree auction

The baked goods sale and raffle also continue in 2020 with some modifications.

VACAVILLE, Calif. — Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, you may already be looking to string up the Christmas lights and decorate the tree.

You can skip a little of the hassle of finding the perfect tree this year, while helping out a good cause. The annual Vacaville Festival of Trees is auctioning pre-decorated Christmas trees (along

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Hope Mills Festival of Lights kicks off Christmas celebrations

Lisa Carter Waring
 |  Correspondent

As the Christmas season begins, the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring many festive, fun and safe activities for our community families.

The annual Festival of Lights will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hope Mills Municipal Park. The town tree will be lit for the holiday season at 5:30 p.m.  

Along with the tree lighting, there will be

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Austin Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 18th Anniversary Next Month

The festival will run November 7– 13.

Austin Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 18th Anniversary Next Month

The Austin Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its 18th year, a year of significance.

The number 18 is equivalent to chai, or “life” in Hebrew so what better way to affirm life than with a safe, vibrant expression of Jewish culture, even in the midst of a pandemic? AJFF’s mission over the years is to highlight incredible filmmaking and to make cross-cultural alliances

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New format, same wild spirit for the 5Point Adventure Film Festival this fall

When the annual 5Point Adventure Film Festival postponed its flagship event in April, in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, its organizers went online with a small “5Point Unlocked” virtual program with a pay-what-you-want model.

The online event proved that the 5Point community is much larger than the 800 or so people who normally pack into the Carbondale Recreation Center for its programs.

Over three days, 20,000 people watched

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Come Out St. Pete is city’s first major festival since pandemic began

Coming out has two different meanings for organizers getting ready for a week-long celebration that begins Sunday evening, on National Coming Out Day in the gay community. 
   
“We’ve all lived in our home for seven months now and I think people are wanting to get out,” Chris Jones, co-chair of Come Out St. Pete. 
 
This is the first

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The New York Film Festival went virtual in 2020, but still served up some of the year’s best films

I’ve been attending the New York Film Festival since I was a teenager. The event, held each year at Lincoln Center, is where I had my first encounters with such classics as “Breaking the Waves,” “Gods and Monsters,” “Volver” and — just last year — Martin Scorsese’s magnificent gangster epic “The Irishman.”

So it was more than a little strange this year that, instead of making that anticipatory journey uptown

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Hong Kong Film Festival is Canceled as Coronavirus Continues to Take Toll

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The Hong Kong International Film Festival, set to have taken place in the second half of August, has been canceled.

The festival had previously rescheduled its 44th edition from its usual slot in March, due to the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak. It had set Aug 18-31 Aug. instead.

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But, with the city now facing a third wave of

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Trip.com Group releases “2020 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday Big Data Report”

SINGAPORE, July 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading international online travel services provider Trip.com Group has highlighted the latest positive trends in travel in its recently released “2020 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday Tourism Big Data Report” for the China market.

With view to the China travel market, which is emerging as an exemplar for recovery of the travel industry, and where Trip.com Group serves over 300 million users, the report

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Venice Film Festival Outlines Structure For 77th Edition: Fewer Titles, Section Shifts

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The Venice Film Festival this morning said that the 77th edition will go ahead from September 2-12 with certain changes owing to sanitary protocols imposed by the COVID-19 crisis. The overall number of films in the official selection will be reduced, down to about 50-55, while the competitive sections Venezia 77 and Horizons will maintain their usual procedures and format, as will the

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Venice Film Festival Unveils Details of Slimmer Lineup Structure

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The upcoming Venice Film Festival’s reconfiguration due to coronavirus safety measures has been officially unveiled.

Barring complications, Venice, which runs Sept. 2-12, is set to be the first major international film event to hold a physical edition after the coronavirus crisis, with a line-up that is somewhat reduced but still substantial.

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Venice Artistic Director Alberto Barbera on Tuesday announced that

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International Migration Film Festival Puts Millions of Refugees in Turkey in the Picture With Top Talents, Titles

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Turkey, which hosts the largest number of migrants in the world, is launching the International Migration Film Festival that aims to boost awareness of their plight and will also serve as a primer of global cinematic output on this timely topic.

There are currently an estimated roughly 4 million migrants in Turkey, most of whom are refugees from war-torn Syria. The festival is

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