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Beirut-based musician Maya Aghniadis: ‘It’s all about going with the flow’

“You have to surrender and release,” Maya Aghniadis — aka Flugen — cryptically declares. Throughout the conversation about her enchanting new album “Poupayee,” it’s clear just how much of an ethos this is for the Lebanese multi-instrumentalist, singer and co

A master class by Catherine Deneuve in ‘The Truth

Family may be the great subject of Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, but he doesn’t draw straightforward portraits. In Kore-eda’s hands, family is more malleable. He tends to shift roles around like he’s rearranging furniture, subtly remaking familiar dynamics until he has, wit

Uffizi masterpieces show Black culture's role in the Renaissance

Italy’s Uffizi gallery said on Thursday it was planning to pick out nine of its masterpieces for a project to highlight the part that Black people and culture played in the Renaissance. Under the “Black Presence” initiative, images of works including Cristofano dell’Altissim

Egyptian singer Malak El-Husseiny discusses her new single, writer’s block, and her desire to stay vulnerable

“I was very lost and disconnected from my environment and from myself,” says Egyptian singer-songwriter Malak El-Husseiny (who goes by the artist name Malak). “I didn’t know if I wanted to do music that much.” Malak is talking about the time that preceded the writing o

‘Bulbbul’: A supernatural horror with a feminist angle

With Bollywood now releasing films via exclusive streaming platforms, actress Anushka Sharma’s production house, Clean Slate Films, debuted “Bulbbul” on Netflix last week. After “Phillauri” (2017) and “Pari” (2018), it would seem that Sharma gravitates towar

Lebanon’s Baalbeck Festival will stream its 64th edition

Lebanon’s Baalbeck International Festival is set to take place this month on July 5 despite the ongoing coronavirus, organizers announced this week. The renowned arts and culture event, however, will have no audience. It will broadcast live concerts from the heart of the Bacchus Temple, an an

Did Abla Kamel Retire?

Once again, social media users are circulating news about Egyptian actress Abla Kamel's retirement, especially since the artist did not participate in any acting project for the past 3 years. Sources close to revealed that what has been circulating is false rumors, and Abla Kamel did no

Writing on the wall: Congolese murals counter COVID-19 denial

The number of confirmed cases in Congo has doubled in less than a month to almost 7,000, piling pressure on the poorly equipped health system. Some hospitals have started turning patients away even as many across the central African nation remain unaware or sceptical of COVID-19’s dangers. &l

US streaming platform to deliver regional films to American audiences

This month, Netflix released a new catalogue of 44 movies by Arab directors, including Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Nadine Labaki and many more, adding Arab productions on the international radar. Now, American streaming platform Telescope Films is also giving Middle Eastern movies a global a

Rami Malek stars in star-studded Cartier campaign

US-Egyptian actor Rami Malek has been selected to star in Cartier’s new star-studded campaign to celebrate the re-launch of the French brand’s iconic Pasha watch. The Oscar winner stars alongside “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, Australian singer Troye Sivan, American

Palestinian painter channels her fears of Israeli annexation

Amid the barren hills of the Jordan Valley, Palestinian artist Khadeeja Bisharat paints scenes of bulldozers and demolitions, a reflection of fears of what may happen to her isolated Bedouin community if Israel annexes land in the occupied West Bank.Some 15,000 Palestinians live in tiny pastoral enc

Adele re-wears custom Chloé kaftan from her 2016 Glastonbury set

British singer Adele decided to take a trip down memory lane this weekend as she re-watched her epic performance from the Glastonbury Music Festival back in 2016. The 32-year-old hitmaker posted a blurry snap of herself on Instagram rocking out in her living room to the epic 15 song set donning the

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs

The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives. The Stones said in a statement Sunday that their legal team is working with music rights organization BMI to stop use of their material in Trump&rsqu

Daytime Emmys: ‘The Young and the Restless’ wins best drama

“The Young and the Restless” won best drama at the first virtual Daytime Emmys along with three acting trophies on Friday night, with some winners speaking out about racial injustice. Ellen DeGeneres accepted the trophy for best entertainment talk show for her self-titled program. &ldq

‘Gagarine’ shows pain of losing home

A home is not just bricks and mortar but a place where memories are made — of one’s childhood, one’s joys, and yes, sometimes one’s sorrows.One of 56 official titles selected by the Cannes Film Festival, which was canceled this year because of the coronavirus, was “Gaga

A world redrawn: Lebanon film director fears nothing will change

 Prize-winning Lebanese documentary filmmaker Carol Mansour fears the world has learnt nothing from the novel coronavirus shock and will go back to square one or worse when normal life returns.The director, who lost her father living in Canada to the COVID-19 disease, admits “what scares

Simpsons ends use of white actors to voice people of colour

US animated comedy series The Simpsons will no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic backgrounds, the show's producers say. The show, broadcast on Fox Network, has faced years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria's voiceover of Indian-American character Apu. M

Sharjah's Xposure International Photography Festival will take place in 2021

The fifth iteration of the Xposure International Photography Festival, held annually in Sharjah’s Expo Centre, will take place in 2021, it has been confirmed. Originally scheduled for September 2020, the event has been postponed until February 10 to 13 next year because of the coronavirus pan

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