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Is the art of Arab theatre dead?

Sharjah struggles to keep the art of theatre alive (above) but elsewhere in the Arab world is enough being done to nurture young talent?

  Celebrated film and television actors and popular theatre artists from across the Arab world have called for a strong theatre movement in the region, stressing on the importance of identifying and nurturing young and upcoming talent right from the … Continue reading

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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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Told From The Inside Royal Court Theatre Playwrights©HelenMurray

  By Beverley Andrews With Syria’s partial truce still holding and Russia’s recent, surprise announcement of its intention to withdraw the majority of its troops from the country, it is perhaps an appropriate time to look back at a conflict … Continue reading

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Sylvia Smith The underlying theme of the British Museum’s Sicily: culture and conquest exhibition is that the island’s Italian identity is relatively recent. Before its current European nationhood, historically Sicily flourished under the rule of the ancient Greeks and medieval … Continue reading

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Book review – Siwa Jewelry, Costume and life in an Egyptian oasis


Siwa Jewelry, Costume and life in an Egyptian Oasis By Margaret M. Vale Published by American University in Cairo Press Price $29.95 paperback ISBN 9789774166815 The book explores the timeless allure of  Siwa through its traditional crafts, and the history … Continue reading

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Dubai: Art and Design Move Forward


Sylvia Smith In a pile-up of Ds, Design Days Dubai dives Downtown for its fifth show presenting more than 750 limited edition works, many making their first public appearance. The first collection of Emirati design was brought together indicating a … Continue reading

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Iraqi-born architectural genius Dame Zaha Hadid dies following heart attack


The Iraqi-born, British-based, world renowned trail blazing architect Dame Zaha Hadid,  has died aged 65. This year she was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Gold Medal in recognition of her work. She died following … Continue reading

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MB6: Not New Now

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Sylvia Smith A cryptic, James Bond-style title announces the retrospective nature of the sixth and latest Marrakech Biennale (MB6). Not New Now, rather loosely translated into French as Quoi de neuf La?, a hard-to-pin-down phrase but ably interpreted by Palestinian … Continue reading

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21,39: Planet Jeddah

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Sylvia Smith Maps, plans, cartography and geographic co-ordinates dominate this year’s planet-focused Jeddah annual exhibition, nudging Saudi contemporary art out of its comfort zone and propelling it into the global environmental debate. Earth and Ever After’s poster is apposite showing … Continue reading

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Book review – The sultan’s world

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The Sultan’s world -the Ottoman Orient in renaissance art By Robert Born, Michael Dziewulski, Guido Messling Published by Hatje Cantz ISBN 9783775739665 Price €49.80 hardback A look at the Orient: Renaissance masterpieces evoke the Ottoman Empire News of the fall … Continue reading

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