Top Cultural events of 2013. New planets, Pope, Nobel Prizes, Oscars, auction records… Read about music, sports and human rights. Merry Christmas, Yareah friends.
Space. NASA scientists discovered three new planets which could have appropriate conditions for the existence of liquid water and then, life. They are called Kepler-62e, Kepler-62c and Kepler-62f. Once again, alien life is possible!
Religion. Pope Benedict XVI abdicated on 28 February 2013. On March 13, next papal conclave elected Cardinal Bergoglio new Pope. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi and his work in favor of poor people.
Cinema. Oscars. Best Picture was won by the movie Argo directed by Ben Affleck. The film tells the real event of a CIA agent, who helps six American people to escape from Iran by training them to act as a feature movie crew.
Sports. Tokyo beats Istanbul in the final vote and will be the second time to organize an Olympic Games.
Art. Christie’s, at the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, auctioned the triptych that Francis Bacon dedicated in 1969 to his friend Lucian Freud: $ 127 million. The triptych becomes the most expensive painting ever auctioned, beating to “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch .
Literature. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 was awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro “master of the contemporary short story.”
Culture. On December 4th in Baku, Azerbaijan, The Zhusuan, also known as the Chinese abacus, was officially listed as an intangible cultural heritage at the 8th Annual UNESCO World Heritage Congress.
Music. Punk band Pussy Riot is leading cultural controversy in Russia. Having served 21 months of their sentence, band members Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were released on December 23, 2013 and they promise to keep on fighting against Putin cultural policy.
Human rights. 5 December 2013. Nelson Mandela died. He was President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, focusing on dismantling the legacy of apartheid and promoting racial reconciliation.
Food. Peru. Scientists discover that 5,000 years ago, it was grown and consumed maize in the New World.