Sri Lankan prisoners perform the maiden traditional Kandyan dance at the main jail in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The programme is part of leisure and recreational activities aimed at rehabilitating prisoners. Sri Lanka’s prison facilities run various industries and offers opportunities for arts, education and religious activities for the prisoners. Read more
Jewish ultra-orthodox groom Aharon Krois celebrates his marriage to Rivka Hannah during the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual, in Jerusalem
Ultra-Orthodox Jews dance as police fire a water canon at them during a protest at the entrance to Jerusalem over Israel drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military. Several thousand protested in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities after a young man was arrested when he dodged the draft.
Members of Malaysia’s indigenous Mah Meri tribe perform the “Main Jo-oh” dance during Puja Pantai, a thanksgiving ritual to appease the spirits of the seas, in the village of Pulau Carey, outside Kuala Lumpur. The Mah Meri tribe, who are descendants of seafaring people who lived off the sea through fishing and trading, celebrate their new year on February 4 by making offerings to the sea. Read more
Revellers stretch while welcoming others to Morning Glory, at a venue in Hackney, London. Morning Glory is a nightclub that operates once a month from 6.30am to 10.30am, at which revellers drink fruit smoothies, coffee and dance to high energy music, sometimes in their sleepwear. Revellers also enjoy yoga and massages, before changing into their work clothing and heading off to their day jobs.
Tibetans living in exile wait to perform a traditional dance at an event to mark Tibetan Democracy day at the Tsuglakhang Temple in Mcleod Ganj in India. Hundreds participated in the event
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainers perform on the Royal Mile as the festival enters its final weekend on Friday in Edinburgh, Scotland. The largest performing arts festival in the world has been running for the past three weeks and has enjoyed an increase in venues and visitors compared with previous years.
Bedouins perform a traditional fighting dance during the Sanaa summer festival in Sanaa on Tuesday. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen’s stability
Members of an international religious movement called the White Brotherhood perform a ritual dance near Babreka lake, in the Rila Mountain, about 100 km south of Sofia, Bulgaria, as part of their New Year celebrations. The teaching of the movement, whose founder is Peter Danov, is a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism with a heavy emphasis on brotherly love, a healthy diet and living in harmony with nature
Edinburgh International Festival director Sir Jonathan Mills launches the programme for this year’s festival during a photocall at the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in the Scottish capital. This year’s theme is the interaction between art and technology, and the programme features spectacles such as the music of Beethoven staged in a spaceship. Read more