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Sword making in Bahrain

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Sylvia Smith Along with reciting poetry the love of the sword, the emotional pull of a handmade, highly decorated dress sword that has its own name is something that seems unique to the Arab world. This short video is dedicated … Continue reading

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Africa Heats Up The French Capital

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Sylvia Smith Perhaps it is the number of mainstream venues that have devoted their spring shows to the subject; or perhaps again it is the extraordinary quality of inventiveness whether it be sculpture, painting, video or design – but it … 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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Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016

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Architecture of Optimism Sylvia Smith From a cemetery to a textile factory, a conference centre to striped water towers, one of the world’s most influential prizes for architecture has taken the concept of modern architecture to a new level by … Continue reading

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A is for Architecture

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Sylvia Smith One of the world’s most prestigious architectural prizes is being presented in a late 19th century fort in the United Arab Emirates. But far from suggesting that Islamic architecture is a nostalgic journey into a fabled Arabian Nights … 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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Coming up for Air

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Sylvia Smith The British Museum has a knack for displaying forgotten treasures, but its current, atmospheric exhibition, devoted to the underwater cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, goes one step further. The six-month show takes visitors on a semi-immersive journey to … 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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