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It’s Show Time

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By Sylvia Smith. The Arab world seems to be popping up everywhere these days – from contemporary art exhibitions to music festivals and from poetry competitions to circus performances. In each case audiences in the West are lapping up the … Continue reading

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PAINTING BY NUMBERS

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Sylvia Smith In tune with the movement towards giving exhibitions numbers as titles (21.39 Jeddah’s co-ordinates and title of the annual contemporary art show, and the London-based  contemporary African art fair 1:54, denoting the number of countries on the continent),  … Continue reading

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The Sweet Smell of Success

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  Sylvia Smith The craft of perfumery is an essential part of Muslim culture. Arabian perfumes were refined and revered even as early as the early 16th century. In Shakespeare’s MacBeth written in 1606 Lady MacBeth cries out, “All the … Continue reading

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NUTS FOR ARGAN

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Sylvia Smith As Ayesha begins to crack her second sack of nuts of the day, she wipes her hand across her forehead. The sun in southern Morocco is hot and the work physically demanding. She looks over at her neighbour … Continue reading

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EGYPT: embarking upon a new era of silver screen success?

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In the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, the literary works of leading Egyptian authors brought glory to the big screen when their novels were made into films. This year, the Egyptian novel took to the small screen when Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz’s  Afrah al-Qubbah … Continue reading

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Leighton in the Limelight

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Mosaic Video Arts Sylvia Smith: This year marks 120 years since the death of Frederick, Lord Leighton, perhaps best remembered for his remarkable house in Kensington, near Holland Park. This personal, architectural tribute to Middle Eastern art and decorative crafts … Continue reading

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Algerian refugee goes from rags to riches

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Daniele Henkel decided she had to flee Algeria because she felt her children were no longer safe. “Islamists were starting to attack girls in the street,” she says. “I had to think about my daughters, so I decided to move … Continue reading

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SAUDI TOURISM ON THE RISE

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Sylvia Smith Oil has officially run its course as Saudi Arabia’s premier earner and religious tourism looks set to become a major contributor to the Kingdom’s economy. By broadening the reach of its pilgrim visa, those travelling to Mecca and … Continue reading

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Fez

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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music – Sylvia Smith Each year for more than two decades, the Imperial city of Fes has flaunted its unimpeachable spiritual connections in a festival that welcomes sacred musicians and dancers from around the globe. … Continue reading

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Art Dubai 2016

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This year Art Dubai progresses beyond its infancy stage. Now in its tenth edition the fair is no longer the new kid on the block but still attracts large crowds, established artists and takes on in artistic form some of the … Continue reading

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