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Music from the Silk Road event
Jul21

Music from the Silk Road event

Five artists, including known musical figures on London’s creative scene, perform a lunchtime concert in a capsule presentation of music from the Middle East and its eastward extensions along the Silk Road ancient and modern, writes The Middle East in Europe. ‘Summertime in Distant Lands,’ part of an ongoing and well regarded Music@One series, is a collaboration between SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies),...

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Homage to Abbas Kiarostami, mystic moviemaker
Jul05

Homage to Abbas Kiarostami, mystic moviemaker

Abbas Kiarostami, artist, poet, philosopher and moviemaker, has died after a battle with gastrointestinal cancer. In 2005 he featured in a special Eastern Art Report tribute, Abbas Kiarostami in Eastern Art Report. One of Kiarostami’s most celebrated works, the 1997 film Taste of Cherry, was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival. “Abbas Kiarostami, who had travelled to France for treatment, has died,” the...

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Nour Festival 2014 offers an enriching mix of art, food and music
Oct20

Nour Festival 2014 offers an enriching mix of art, food and music

The annual Nour Festival in London’s cosmopolitan Chelsea and Kensington neighbourhoods launches its fifth cycle this week with an expanded cultural programme focused on contemporary Middle Easter and North Africa (MENA) and its varied British and European connections. Spread across numerous venues in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, home to citizens and residents of great cultural diversity, the six-week festival...

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Auction Room offers online sale of MENA contemporary art
Sep08

Auction Room offers online sale of MENA contemporary art

The Auction Room, London, is holding a second online sale of contemporary art from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The catalogue for the sale is on view here and bidding is open, said the Auction Room, which conducted a similar online sale in 2013. The final and ‘live’ online bidding will take place at www.theauctionroom.com on 1 October 2014 at 7pm London time. Last-year’s 40-lot auction realised a total of GBP 235,348, a...

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Recalling the Future: Iranian art since the '79 revolution
Jan16

Recalling the Future: Iranian art since the '79 revolution

The work of 29 Iranian artists produced before or after the 1979 revolution that toppled the Shah and installed the Islamic Republic is on view 16 January-22 March 2014 at the University of London Brunei Gallery. Many of the works on display are being shown in the UK for the first time. Recalling The Future challenges assumptions about ‘Iranian’art. As Iranian artists in the 1960s and 1970s increasingly combined signifiers...

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Magic of Persia prize finalists
Oct02

Magic of Persia prize finalists

The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize 2013 (MOP CAP 2013) Finalists’ Exhibition will take place in London 15-19 October 2013. The exhibition at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU, features works by seven emerging artists of Iranian heritage, selected by an international judging panel from a shortlist of 19. The Finalists’ Exhibition includes works in a diverse range of media including video, installation...

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