International artists come together to celebrate the UAE's National Day – Arab News

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DUBAI: In honor of the UAE’s 50th National Day on Dec. 2, 400 artists from more than 170 countries will come together for an event titled Dubai Art Expo to showcase their work in the UAE city.
The free three-day event will start on Thursday, with a grand opening held at the Meydan Hotel.
The festivities will include an art exhibition, talks, workshops and a series of performances from five continents. The performances will feature dancers, choirs, instrumental musicians and singers from Brazil, Ukraine and elsewhere.


The festivities will include an art exhibition, talks, workshops and a series of performances from five continents. (dubaiartexpo.com)

For the second day, the program will be held in Al-Fahidi Historical Neighborhood in collaboration with the Italian non-profit association Colours of Peace that promotes children’s art internationally to reduce cultural, social and economic distances between rich and poor countries.
The foundation will also host a workshop for children to create their own drawings and messages.
The event’s Art Talks programme will take place on Saturday in the same neighborhood, with guest speakers including Platon Alexiou, a professor at the college of architecture, art and design at Ajman University and Emirati photographer Jassim Al-Awadhi.
The event is held under the patronage of the Minister of Tolerance and Co-existence, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak. It is organized by Artissima Art Agency and is curated by its founder, Aurela Cuku.
DUBAI: Salma Hayek has become the 2,709th celebrity to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a famous stretch of sidewalk along the Hollywood Boulevard that celebrates some of the most successful producers, actors, musicians and directors in the industry with a brass star bearing their name.
During her acceptance speech, the 55-year-old encouraged others to “find something to love” as much as she has loved cinema over the years.
“If you think you aren’t good at it like I did, make yourself good at it,” the Mexican-Lebanese star told the crowd. “It doesn’t have to be the movies. Be your best at everything you do.”
DUBAI: Bella Hadid appeared on an episode of “Life in Looks” on the Vogue YouTube channel back in August, during which she reflected on her fashion choices from 2015 until now.
While talking about her Cannes 2021 look toward the end of the video, the part-Palestinian model said: “I never, growing up, had anything designer. My mom wouldn’t let me. I think I got my first pair of Louboutins when I graduated high school.”

She added: “I love to see that progression, I feel blessed that I made it out alive of that mental state that I was in for so many years.”
The clip was re-shared on TikTok months later and it recently went viral, with users sarcastically taking digs at Hadid’s lack of designer clothing being “so relatable” and calling her story “detached from reality.”
One TikTok user said: “These celebrities really need to touch base with reality. They’re so out of it. It’s frightening how they think they really struggled.”
The 25-year-old catwalker took to the comments section of one such TikTok video, writing: “The context of this was that a lot of people think I grew up buying and wearing designer things.
“I wore this same pair of shoes that were given to me as a gift for the first three years of my career to every job, every go-see or meeting. The metal is all that’s left at the bottom of the heel,” she added as an explanation.
In the end, she agreed that it was a “bad story to tell” and that she “can’t listen to myself talk either.”
thinking about how bella hadid was sad because she only got her first pair of louboutin’s at the end of high school and that might very well be her villain origin story.
The model also apologized for sounding “pathetic.”
This was not the first time Hadid had shared the story. In a 2017 interview with Elle, the model described her skill for shopping “on a budget.”
“I know all the secrets for how to shop for good stuff on a budget because I didn’t buy anything designer until I turned 18,” she said. “When I was 18, I finally let myself buy a designer piece. I bought a pair of Louboutins because that’s what you do when you’re 18.”
In this epic narrative of the events that have shaped our times, Simon Reid-Henry shows how liberal democracy, and western history with it, was profoundly reimagined when the postwar Golden Age ended, according to a review on goodreads.com.
As the institutions of liberal rule were reinvented, a new generation of politicians emerged.
The late twentieth century heyday they oversaw carried the Western democracies triumphantly to victory in the Cold War and into the economic boom of the 1990s. But equally, it led them to the high drama of the financial crisis in 2007/8, and ultimately to the anti-liberal surge of our own times.
DUBAI: “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot will land in Dubai next month to attend an event celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The two-day event will kick off at the France Pavilion on Dec. 3 and is being staged by Better World Fund, a Paris humanitarian initiative that has organized a series of high-level events across the world, including Monaco, Cairo, New York and Venice, since 2016.
The program at the France Pavilion that includes a two-hour presentation on innovation for disabilities and an economic roundtable with UAE businessmen. 
Additionally, a conference will bring together global leaders in the field of disabilities, such as triple paralympic champion Marie-Amélie Le Fur, to tackle issues around disability.
Guests can also enjoy a film screening by local director, Fadel Al-Mheiri, titled “Dear Mother,” a four-minute animation about life with disabilities.
On Dec. 4, Gadot, along other Better World Fund patrons musician and songwriter Melody Gardot, opera singer and actress Gabriella Zanchi and violinist Sir Clifford LeRoy Edwards, will attend a star-studded gala dinner and charity auction followed by an awards ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah.
Funds raised at the gala dinner will support the work of Dubai Cares, a UAE-based global philanthropic organization.
Through her empowering movie roles, Gadot has inspired many people to go beyond their limits. Carmela Chillery Watson, a six-year-old girl who has a muscular dystrophy,  made headlines for walking a kilometer daily for 30 days dressed in a Wonder Woman costume. “The true Wonder Woman,” is how Gadot described the girl.
The “Red Notice” star also donated more than $4,600 to Watson’s fundraising page in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK and tweeted a message of support, saying: “You’re a true hero. So inspiring and strong. I hope one day we get to meet each other.”
Watson thanked Gadot in a recorded video message, saying: “You help me fight on living with muscular dystrophy and inspire me to do my exercise daily to help me stay strong… you help me and other children have hope.”
 
 
DUBAI: Dubai is sharing the art world’s delight in the thriving art scenes on the African continent with a new show opening on Sunday at Christie’s Dubai showroom that features prominent emerging and established painters from West Africa.
Entitled (West) African Renaissance and on until Dec. 14, the exhibition showcases the vibrantly colored works of several pioneers in what is frequently being dubbed a “renaissance” for modern and contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora.
The show is being staged by Gallery 1957, one of Ghana’s premier spaces for modern and contemporary art. On display are works by Ghanaian artists Gideon Appah, Kwesi Botchway, Joshua Oheneba Takyi, Lord Ohene Okyere Bour, Annan Affotey, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Isshaq Ismail Godfried Donkor, Arthur Timothy and Afia Prempeh, as well as works by Nigerian painters Oliver Okolo, Juwon Aderemi, and Peter Ojingiri.
“Our focus has always been to support the careers of West African artists, and to ensure they continue to reach new audiences on the global stage,” said Marwan Zakhem, founder of Gallery 1957.
“We continue to provide opportunities for our artist to engage with different communities and be visible to a wider international audience,” Zakhem told Arab News. “While this is our fourth time showing our artists in Dubai, we feel there is now a growing appetite for works by African artists in the region.”
“Promoting this exhibition on the international stage is a key priority for us,” Michael Jeha, chairman of Christie’s Middle East said. “Following our collaboration with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, partnering with Gallery 1957 to present this exciting exhibition featuring so many of the leading names from West Africa is a perfect extension of our recent initiatives.”
“Dubai is a hub to so many different nationalities and collectors from around the world, so bringing contemporary African art to the city seemed only natural as we look to continue to internationalize art from this region and to expose it to an even wider audience,” he said.
The present exhibition reveals the emphasis artists placed on portraiture and figurative abstraction — a growing trend over the past few years in works by many artists from the African continent, particularly from West Africa, as they focus on the people and symbols that make up their daily domestic, personal and public lives.

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