K-pop comes to Dubai

The sixth SM Town Live world tour is set to hit Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena. (Photo supplied)
Updated 04 April 2018
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K-pop comes to Dubai

On Friday night, the largest Korean pop (K-pop) show yet in the Middle East will take place in the UAE, when the sixth SM Town Live world tour hits Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena, with 13 artists performing. K-pop has witnessed a phenomenal rise in global popularity in recent years, and Mohammed Khammas, CEO of show organizers Al Ahli Holding Group, told Arab News he believes that’s down to the “incredible variety of talents within each song or performance.”
“K-Pop combines an incredible variety of talents within each song or performance,” Khammas said. “The choreography is the same standard as professional dancing troupes, while the songs are not only catchy but tell a story the audience can identify with — adolescence, love, joy, grief…
“Everything from the writing and music to the performance takes an incredible amount of talent, time and dedication, so the artists themselves are certainly multi-talented, and I think the audience recognizes that,” he continued. “Add to that the intricately designed sets for both the music videos and live performances, and the fact that many of the artists are well-known public figures who present on television or make their own videos, and you can see that they create a real connection between the fans and the music.”
Khammas is hopeful that connection will be forged in the Middle East too.
“Our expectation is to bridge cultures and diversify entertainment in the region,” he said. “Having witnessed the caliber of the artists, we’re hoping the show will open K-pop up to a new demographic of concertgoers. The high-energy, choreographed shows are astounding to watch. I think we can expect many new K-Pop fans once they witness the show in Dubai.”


Missing ‘Picasso’ thought found in Romania a hoax: report

In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, the empty space where Henri Matisse' painting "La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune" was hanging, right, is seen next to a painting by Maurice Denis, center, and Pierre Bonnard, left, at Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (AP)
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Missing ‘Picasso’ thought found in Romania a hoax: report

  • Romanian authorities said that it “might be” Picasso’s painting, which is estimated to be worth 800,000 euros ($915,000)

THE HAGUE: A writer who thought she had found a masterpiece by Pablo Picasso stolen in an infamous art heist six years ago said Sunday she was the victim of a “publicity stunt,” the NOS Dutch public newscaster reported.
Picasso’s “Harlequin Head” was one of seven celebrated paintings stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 2012 during a daring robbery local media dubbed “the theft of the century.”
The artworks have not been seen since.
Around 10 days ago, Mira Feticu, a Dutch writer of Romanian origin who wrote a novel based on the heist, was sent an anonymous letter.
“I received a letter in Romanian with instructions regarding the place where the painting was hidden,” she told AFP.
The instructions led her to a forest in eastern Romania where she dug up an artwork.
Romanian authorities, who received the canvas on Saturday night, said that it “might be” Picasso’s painting, which is estimated to be worth 800,000 euros ($915,000). Experts were checking whether it was authentic.
However on Sunday night Feticu told NOS that she was the victim of a performance by two Belgian directors in Antwerp.
Feticu said she received an email from the Belgian duo explaining that the letter was part of a project called “True Copy” dedicated to the notorious Dutch forger Geert Jan Jansen, whose fakes flooded the art collections of Europe and beyond until he was caught in 1994.
“Part of this performance was prepared in silence in the course of the past few months, with a view to bringing back Picasso’s ‘Tete d’Arlequin’,” the directors wrote on their website.
Their production company “currently wishes to abstain from any comment” because it first wants to speak Fetuci, the statement said.
“We will be back with more details on this issue within the next few days.”