Category archives: Art

Tomorrow Bokra

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We cannot help but think of the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”, every time we watch the news these days. The future to many of us has become a scary and bleak thought. In come two of our modern-day heroes, multi-Grammy winning producer and multi-media entrepreneur Quicy Jones and Emirati social entrepreneur Badr Jafar. The duo created [...]

A Spiritual Journey Through Sound

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Against the illuminated arch and within the forbidding stone walls, the frantic qawwali rhythms of Farid Ayyaz & Party bring Bab al Makina to life. The straight-backed party clothed in sleek black salwars are headed by Farid Ayyaz with a side singer flanking him. The harmoniums lay the chorus as the tabla and percussion build up the tempo paving the way[...]

Dihzahyners Brush Up Beirut

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It was a scorching hot July evening when the sun would not just give it a rest. The setting was a deliriously dull arts bazaar in Beirut’s epicenter. My significant other was force dragging me out of there, sensing our skin was only minutes away from melting off our bones. He was concerned he would pass out before he could find us some shade or maybe even an[...]

Alaan Artspace Opens in Riyadh

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Conceived by Neama and Mohammed Al-Sudairy, a young and vibrant brother-sister team, in collaboration with writer, educator and curator Sara Raza, Riyadh’s highly anticipated gallery Alaan Artspace couldn’t have been opening at a better time. With all eyes focused on the fledging contemporary art scene of Saudi Arabia, Al?an Artspace, which joins the rank[...]