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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde (centre L) dances with a local woman after touring the community of Ayacucho.
A Balinese man in a state of trance dances wearing a sacred Rangda mask during a sacred ritual of Ngusaba Puseh at Selumbung Village in the Karangasem District, Bali, Indonesia.
South African dancer Gregory Maqoma performs in a dress rehearsal of ‘Triple Bill – Duets in Motion’ during the Malta Arts Festival in Valletta
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.
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.
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
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.
A member of the public has her picture taken with a street performer during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Comedians, musicians, dancers and actors from more than 40 countries have taken to the streets and stages of the Scottish capital for the next month. Organisers said 2013 will be a record year with 2,871 shows to be performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues.
A rain soaked couple dances as a pianist is playing in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey on Friday.
A participant dances during the annual Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday. Thousands of Israeli and foreign gay and lesbian people joined in the festivities, which concluded with a huge beach party
A dancer performs on a watery stage suspended above the audience during a dress rehearsal of the Fuerza Bruta (Brute Force) theatre group’s stage production “Wayra” in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
A performer with the Hal-an-Tow pageant takes part in a performance as part of the Helston Flora Day celebrations in Cornwall, England, on Wednesday. The annual Flora Dance, also known as the Furry Dance, is one of the UK’s oldest customs that is still practised and is said to be a celebration of the passing of winter and the arrival of spring. A series of dances take place throughout the day, beginning at 7am, all over the Cornish town and even in and out of private houses and shops. However, the highlight is the midday dance that was traditionally the dance of the gentry in the town and is why men still wear top hats and tails, while the women dance in their finest dresses.