Colombians live for the celebration. The South American country has more festivals than days of the year, and whether it's the multiday revelry of Carnival in Barranquilla, the great kaleidoscopic displays of floral colours during Medellín's Feria de las Flores or Caribbean coastal residents dressing their donkeys in drag and parading them down the streets during the Festival de Burro, there's always a party to be had.
U.S. manufacturers' spirits have been rising. Whether caused by the manufacturing-focused election season or America's continued economic recovery, optimism is on the rise across Texas. The Dallas Fed's recent report reflects this trend. It found that factory activity increased for the seventh consecutive month in January.
This piece is republished with permission from State of Hope, the 55th edition of Griffith Review. Articles are a little longer than most published on The Conversation, presenting an in-depth analysis of the economic, social, environmental and cultural challenges facing South Australia, and the possibilities of renewal and revitalisation.