Experts in classical Turkish and Arab-Andalusian music join hands for Belgian concert – Arab News
DUBAI: Morocco’s Mohamed Briouel, an expert in Arab-Andalusian music, and Turkish performer Kudsi Erguner will team up for a joint concert in Belgium.
The event is a collaboration between the Abu Dhabi Festival (ADF) and the Belgian Center for Fine Arts, bringing together two masters of the classical music traditions of their homelands in Morocco and Turkey at Bozar’s prestigious Henri Le Bœuf Hall in Brussels, the oldest and largest arts center in Belgium.
Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis, founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and artistic director of ADF, said in a press release: “Our support for Arab artists abroad, to bring the wonder and beauty of music from the Arab world to audiences around the globe, is at the heart of Abu Dhabi Festival. Mohamed Briouel, the leading figure in Arab-Andalusian music, and Ottoman music master Kudsi Erguner, coming together is a must-see encounter. Their creative collaboration celebrates the meeting of cultures through music and represents Abu Dhabi Festival’s efforts to build bridges of understanding between people and nations.”

Portrait of Kudsi Erguner. Supplied

Briouel was born in 1954 in Fez, Morocco. In addition to being an acclaimed musician, he is also the director of the Arab-Andalusian Orchestra of Fez.
Meanwhile, Erguner is considered a master of traditional Mevlevi Sufi music and is one of the best-known players of the Turkish ney flute, one of the oldest musical instruments still in use.
ADF is now in its 18th edition. Running until 2022, the year-long-program is a combination of virtual and in-person performances, exhibitions and events. Guests can also look forward to 16 world premieres, 12 festivals and one global music tour, among other events. 
DUBAI: Since its inauguration in 1999, Dubai’s most supreme hotel, Burj Al Arab, has been home to luxury, comfort, and now, contemporary art. Thanks to a six-month collaboration with Galleria Continua — representing the likes of Ai Weiwei, Michelangelo Pistoletto, JR, among others — a new, white cube-like art space has opened, for the first time in the history of the hotel, for guests to visit. The idea was initiated by Burj Al Arab’s general manager, Ermanno Zanini, aiming to enrich guests’ stay with art. 
The gallery, which originally opened in the Tuscan town of San Gimignano in 1990 and has since expanded to Beijing, Havana and Paris, is displaying in its Dubai pop-up edition seven rare and sculptural works by the acclaimed British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor. Internationally, some of Kapoor’s most recognizable public projects include Chicago’s kidney bean-shaped sculpture and the Orbit tower of London’s Olympic Park.
In Dubai, Kapoor’s displayed minimalist work includes large discs, mirrored steel globes and alabaster sculptures, experimenting with light, color, materiality and form. As seen at the press preview, his work invited curiosity from visitors, reflected in some of the artworks. There is, according to Galleria Continua’s co-founder Lorenzo Fiaschi, something “universal” about his art. “Anish has this quality of being a rhythm teller,” he told Arab News. “So, it’s really easy to touch the soul of all culture, starting from India to the Middle East and Latin America.”
Overlooking the ocean, the art space at Burj Al Arab is simple and chic, flooded with natural light. “It was difficult for me to leave the space,” said Fiaschi. “I see myself in a temple of light. I feel really comfortable. It is peaceful. It was a big emotion and a personal experience that I didn’t expect, honestly.” He regards this Emirati pop-up as a manifestation of the gallery’s ethos of continuous learning and building bridges globally through art.
A longtime participant of the UAE’s art fairs, Fiaschi and his team aspire to one day establish a permanent gallery in the country. Until then, this temporary exhibition is on view until the end of January of 2022 and will be accessible, through reservation, for art enthusiasts and professionals.
DUBAI: Dutch DJ Martin Garrix will perform at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena on Dec. 16, organizers said on Monday.
The event is open to fully vaccinated visitors of all ages and there will be a standing floor area for guests above the age of 16.

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Garrix has previously performed in Saudi Arabia at the Kingdom’s MDLBeast festival in 2019. 
He is expected to return again this year for the event’s four-day music festival Soundstorm in Riyadh in December, along with EDM and DJ stars David Guetta, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Afrojack and others. 
DUBAI: Cardi B brought her fashion A-game to host the 2021 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday. The “Up” singer turned the awards ceremony into her own personal fashion show, with several wardrobe changes throughout the night that were all as head-turning as the last. Among the inimitable lineup of striking looks she displayed during her emceeing duties was a design from Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji.
The rapper opted for a purple velvet creation from the Beirut-based designer’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection. The strapless gown featured hand-embroidered Swarovski stones and crystal spikes, finished with violet coq plumes.
The original design in the look book was styled with tulle gloves embroidered with stones and dripping crystals, which Cardi B chose to forego on stage, letting her dress do all the talking instead.
Sabaji, who founded his eponymous house in 2012, is known for blending couture with surrealism in his designs, which seems to be exactly what the American hitmaker, who is a fan of kooky surrealism, was going for during the awards ceremony.
The “Bodak Yellow” star kicked things off on an epic note by slipping into a custom design from Schiaparelli’s Daniel Roseberry that featured a gown with a sweetheart neckline and a long train. She accessorized the look with golden-nailed gloves, a dramatic black veil, a metallic opera mask and earrings carved into the shape of sparkly eyes, with bejeweled fingers dangling from them.
She then changed into a black long-sleeve velvet gown from Alexandre Vauthier that featured a slit on the side and, while the dress was stunning, it was her massive black feathered mohawk headpiece that stole the show.
After accepting the award for favorite hip hop song wearing a neon-colored Jean-Paul Gaultier gown, the 29-year-old slipped into her final look of the night: A white asymmetrical pleated skirt with a bejeweled hood from London-based designer Miss Sohee.
Meanwhile, Cardi B was not the only artist that favored a Middle Eastern designer at the annual awards show. Canadian model Winnie Harlow stepped out wearing a bejeweled Zuhair Murad minidress, American actress Madelyn Cline opted for a cut-out creation from Lebanese label Monot, and US singer Chloe Bailey sizzled in a black velvet gown complete with cutouts and a thigh-high slit by Bahraini brand Monsoori.
DUBAI: British-Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry grabbed another international award this week when he was named best actor in a feature-length film at the BAFTA Scotland awards for his role in the 2020 film “Limbo.”
Directed by British filmmaker Ben Sharrock, the movie features El-Masry as a Syrian asylum-seeker who finds himself living on a small Scottish island.
El-Masry took to Instagram to share a clip of the announcement. 

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“Still can’t quite believe — major congratulations to the whole team,” he wrote. “To our amazing producer Irune Gurtubai and our maestro Ben Sharrock. Thank you for bringing me on this journey with you. To the whole cast and crew who worked tirelessly every day to make this film, thank you.”
The past year has been fruitful for El-Masry. In November 2020, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced its 2020 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit awards, with the young actor securing a spot on the list.
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