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Iraq revolution will be dramatised, written, read and painted

BAGHDAD – The pops of gunfire rang out across the protest camp in Iraq’s capital. Blood-stained bodies writhed on the pavement, and smoke from burning tyres smarted the captive audience’s eyes. But for once in recent weeks, the scenes playing out in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square w


Sharjah Museum celebrates cultural heritage in times of conflict

SHARJAH -N.P. Krishna Kumar - The role of cultural heritage in conflict is highlighted at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation in an exhibition featuring a portable “palace” made of recycled fabric using the art of reverse applique. The T-Serai, an acronym for Textile Systems for


Italian tenor Bocelli joins with UNESCO to aid children affected by war

Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli launched a “Voices of the World” musical education program jointly with UNESCO on Wednesday to provide a boost to children affected by armed conflicts. The multi-year program will expand on the renowned blind tenor’s 2016 “Voices of Haiti&


Iraq Pavilion at Venice Biennale shuts in solidarity with protesters

DUBAI - Iraq is currently in the midst of ongoing anti-government protests that have claimed the lives of more than 260 Iraqis since they erupted earlier this month. In a show of solidarity, the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale has shut down. Initially set to run until Nov. 24, the exhibition e


Saudi Arabian schools to now teach music, theater, art

Tamara Abueish Music, theater, and the arts will now be included in the curriculum of public and private schools in Saudi Arabia, according to the Ministry of Culture. The announcement came after the Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan met with the Minister of Education Dr. Ham


Ancient treasures go on display in London Tutankhamun exhibition

Treasures from the tomb of boy-king Tutankhamun will go on show in London from Saturday as part of what organizers say will be their last world tour before they return to Egypt for good. More than 150 items - from statues and sculptures to a silver trumpet and a funerary bed - will be exhibited in


Cairo film retrospective celebrates Egypt’s Ihsan Abdel Quddous

CAIRO - A film retrospective celebrating the centennial of the late Egyptian writer Ihsan Abdel Quddous is currently running at Cairo’s art-house cinema Zawya. The retrospective opened Oct. 18 with a screening of 1972’s “Empire of M” and features 14 of the 49 films written by


What it takes to star in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in Dubai

DUBAI- Dubbed the world’s most popular musical, “The Phantom of the Opera” has made its UAE debut at the Dubai Opera, but not before the cast and crew shared their take on the world-renowned play. Brought to the region for the very first time by Broadway Entertainment Group, in pa


How the Arabic language has evolved to represent everyone

Saeed Saeed Whenever I return to Melbourne it is not only a chance for me to reconnect with family and friends, it also provides me the mental space to take stock of how my near eight-year stay in Abu Dhabi has helped me evolve personally. Some of these changes are so subtle that it takes near and


Germany to be guest of honour at 2021 Abu Dhabi Book Fair

Germany will be the guest of honour at the 2021 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. The announcement was made on October 17 in the Abu Dhabi pavilion, as part of the Frankfurt International Book Fair. On hand to sign the agreement was Saif Ghobash, undersecretary of Department of Culture and Touris


Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo Win Booker Prize

  The judging panel for the Booker Prize in London named Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo on Monday as the winners of the prestigious literary award. Despite the fact that the rules of the competition say that the award may only be bestowed on a single


Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian author Peter Handke have both won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The prize was awarded twice this year after it was withheld in 2018, following a sexual assault scandal that engulfed the Swedish Academy and "reduced public confidence" in the prize. Toka


What We Are Reading Today: 1491 by Charles C. Mann

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderne


What We Are Reading Today: The Preacher’s Wife by Kate Bowler

Since the 1970s, an important new figure has appeared on the center stage of American evangelicalism — the celebrity preacher’s wife. Although most evangelical traditions bar women from ordained ministry, many women have carved out unofficial positions of power in their husbands’


How the UAE's literary scene is playing a starring role at Madrid's Liber International Book Fair

Emirati actor and playwright Habib Ghuloom will appear as part of the Liber International Book Fair in the Spanish capital Madrid. Running from Wednesday, October 9 to Friday, October 11, the fair is a major event in the publishing calendar, bringing together some of the leading publishers and auth


Who is Es Devlin? A look at the works of the British artist designing the UK Pavilion for Expo 2020

Alexandra Chaves Es Devlin doesn’t just create stages or sets. She builds worlds. The British artist and stage designer has been conceptualising stages in opera houses and theatres, performance sets for musical icons, architectural runways for fashion shows and immersive installations for th


Early Van Gogh works auctioned in Belgium

Two early works by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh were auctioned in the Belgian city of Ghent on Sunday, fetching near estimate prices that the organizer said were bargains. The first work, a watercolor of flowers, was snapped up for 220,000 euros ($240,000), slightly more than expected, auctioneer


Winner of Arab British Centre's Award For Culture spotlights regional talent in the UK

Winners of the Arab British Centre’s Award for Culture were announced in London on Thursday, with children’s book author and illustrator Nadine Kaadan winning the prize in the individuals category and event agency Marsm in the organisations category. The biennial award, which was esta


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