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Adib Rostami in performance
Jun10

Adib Rostami in performance

It’s a paradox of frequent or recurrent troubles in the Middle East that an international diaspora continues to spawn or uncover new artistic talent in music, theatre and the visual arts in the West or the wider world at large. Adib Rostami is one such discovery for London. Both a music industry management student and a music practitioner, Rostami has earned fame and is well on way to creating his own space in the...

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ArtGemini Prize 5th cycle calls artists
Jun02

ArtGemini Prize 5th cycle calls artists

The ArtGemini Prize 2017 is upon us and the fifth annual cycle offers opportunities to artists of all ages from across the global spectrum. This year’s edition again offers cash awards and recognition in the categories of painting, photography and sculpture even as the ArtGemini branched out this year with PhotoX, a new prize dedicated to photography. The ArtGemini Prize offers cash prizes of a total of GBP 5,000 in those three...

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PhotoX extends entry time for art photographers
May05

PhotoX extends entry time for art photographers

PhotoX, an art photography prize supported by EAPGROUP, invites aspiring contestants to submit entries as it extends the time available for submissions. “Due to many late submissions, we have now decided to extend the entry deadline until 8 May 2017. Huge thanks to all the worldwide entries already received,” PhotoX said. PhotoX prizes include a combined GBP 2,000 cash prize, shared among four winners, and an artist...

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Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, cross-cultural modernist
May04

Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, cross-cultural modernist

Come this June (2017), Tate Modern celebrates the life and works of Fahrelnissa Zeid, an artist who can rightly be seen as one of the female pioneers, in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, of both modernism and abstraction in a western sense, responsive to western aesthetics and sensibilities. Abstraction, through reinterpretation of Arabic/Farsi/Osmanli/Urdu calligraphic forms, isn’t new to a region that, in...

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Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity
Oct18

Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity

London’s annual Nour Festival returns to the multicultural metropolis 20 October-6 November 2016, promising to highlight “the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.” Sadly the festival’s overarching mission is challenged and overshadowed by unprecedented turmoil and fragmentation in the region it celebrates and  showcases. As the five-year-old festival’s audiences...

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