Meet Syrian refugee girl Bana Al-Abed who starred at the Oscars

Syrian girl Bana Al-Abed on the red carpet at the recent Oscars ceremony is Los Angeles. (Twitter: @AlabedBana)
Updated 06 March 2018
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Meet Syrian refugee girl Bana Al-Abed who starred at the Oscars

CAIRO: You might have missed her, but young Syrian girl Bana Al-Abed appeared on stage at the Academy Awards this week, drawing global attention.
The 8-year-old Aleppo girl shared the stage alongside rapper Common and singer Andra Day during a performance at the Oscars on Sunday.
She was invited along with nine other activists by Day and Common to take part in the song “Stand Up For Something” from the movie “Marshall”, which was nominated for Best Original Song.
She posted a photo of herself on the Red Carpet on her Twitter page (@AlabedBana), and shared another photo of herself on stage, with a plea to stand up for the people of Syria.

“Dear #Oscars, tonight we must stand up for the children who are dying in Syria. A child is a child, whether in America or Syria,” she wrote.
Bana rose to fame when she tweeted in 2016 of the bombing of Aleppo, during the country’s ongoing civil war, with the help of her English-speaking mother.
She simply tweeted “I need peace.” Soon after, more tweets were sent out telling the tale of a young girl and her family trapped in eastern Aleppo.


Sharqiah Season features interactive Van Gogh show at Ithra

A Vincent Van Gogh interactive exhibition opened at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) as part of the 17-day Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province. (Supplied)
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Sharqiah Season features interactive Van Gogh show at Ithra

  • The initiative is lin line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program

DAHRAN: The story of Vincent Van Gogh has been brought to life in an interactive exhibition at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), through mesmerizing images projected on the walls and the voice of Lebanese actor of Jihad Al-Atrash.
Al-Atrash, who is famous for his role in “Grendizer” in the Arabic cartoon channel Spacetoon, narrates the story in Arabic, while Van Gogh’s famous paintings, such as “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers,” fill the walls.
“It’s not only entertainment, it’s also cultural and educational,” said Khalil Itani, project manager of the exhibition, which is part of Sharqiah Season, a 17-day festival that’s taking place in the Eastern Province.
“There will be an English voiceover soon. The 30 minutes and 40 seconds describes the important timelines of Van Gogh, his struggles and achievements, his thoughts. He was an awakened and spiritual person, but he was very sad; no one understood him. Also, the voiceover explains each phase of his life and the most important paintings of his, and explains these paintings and their story, and the techniques and colors.”
Itani told Arab News that many artists have visited the exhibition. “It’s very inspiring too for artists to know how he lived — this is the added value of the Van Gogh exhibition in Ithra.”
Raghad Al-Blowi, a 20-year-old Saudi visitor, said that Van Gogh was one of her most cherished artists, and her favorite painting is “The Starry Night.” Commenting on the Arabic narration, she said: “It makes visitors really get into it in Arabic more. Locals can understand and learn about Van Gogh.”
Colombian visitor Audrey Rincon said that she also enjoyed the exhibit. “It is different from the usual exhibitions, because the paintings are displayed in an interactive and creative way. And he is my favorite painter. I love the colors he used in his paintings, and ‘Sunflowers’ is my favorite painting.”
Sharqiah Season is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in collaboration with the General Entertainment Authority, General Sports Authority and General Culture Authority. The initiative is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program, which aims to improve the quality of life for Saudis by providing enriching cultural pursuits and shows.
The festival, which began on March 14 and runs until March 30, has seen more than 80 entertainment and sporting events take place across nine different cities.