Myriam Fares to perform in Cyprus

Myriam Fares is known as the ‘Queen of the Stage.’ (AFP)
Updated 16 April 2018

Myriam Fares to perform in Cyprus

DUBAI: Dubbed the “Queen of the Stage” by the Arab media, Lebanese superstar Myriam Fares is set to perform in Cyprus on April 28, it was announced on Sunday.
The singer, dancer and actress will take to the stage at the Elexus Hotel Resort & Spa in the city of Girne, treating local fans to a flavor of the Middle East.
Myriam, 34, is set to perform a clutch of her most popular songs, including “Aman,” “Ana Wel Shoq” and others.
She will swing her hips and sing her heart out four days before her birthday on May 3 and shared the announcement on her social media pages, posting a poster for the concert in which she is wearing a backless magenta dress and clutching a cobalt blue electric guitar.
Fares is set to entertain fans in Cyprus fresh off a sojourn in London, where she stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel and posted a flurry of photos of her time in the city.
In many of the photos, she can be seen posing in front of floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the expansive British capital, including Tower Bridge and the River Thames. She shared photos of everything from her tea breaks to her workout sessions and also posted a snap of herself at a food market, standing dangerously close to a bakery full of good old carbohydrates.
The singer, who is as famous for her curly locks as she is for her music, released her first album in 2003 and made her acting debut with TV soap opera “Itiham” in 2014. Later that year, she played the role of Tinkerbell in a musical version of Disney’s “Peter Pan” in the UAE.
Fares has released five studio albums to date and broke a record on music streaming service Anghami for the most played artist and most played album for her fifth album “Aman.”
The Lebanese powerhouse is married to American businessman Danny Mitri and has a son called Jayden, who was born in February 2016.
Earlier this year, fans went wild online when she shared an Instagram post showing off her son’s curly hair.
“Like mother, like son,” one follower commented on her Instagram post. “It’s unbelievable how much his hair looks like yours,” another wrote.

History goes under the hammer as London celebrates Islamic art

Updated 27 April 2018

History goes under the hammer as London celebrates Islamic art

  • Leading auction houses this week embarked on an 1,800-year artistic odyssey with treasures from across the region
  • A painting by the late Egyptian painter Mahmoud Said fetched the highest bid £633,000

LONDON: For aficionados of Middle Eastern art, London was the place to be this week. During the biannual Islamic Art Week, the big auction houses held sales of everything from antiquities to modern-art installations, with many works receiving well above their estimates.

Sotheby’s 20th Century Art/Middle East on Tuesday featured two Saudi artists, Ahmed Mater and Maha Malluh, alongside works by  Morocco’s Farid Belkahia, Lebanon’s Paul Guiragossian, Iraq’s Shakir Hassan Al-Said and Syria’s Louai Kayali. A painting by the late Egyptian painter Mahmoud Said, often a record-setter at auctions of Arab art, fetched the highest bid: “Adam and Eve,” at £633,000 (it was estimated at £300,00-£500,000). 

The same day, Sotheby’s held the seventh season of its Orientalist Sale, with Edwin Lord Weeks’ painting “Rabat (The Red Gate)” drawing the highest bid at £573,000, above its estimate of £200,000-£300,000.

At Bonham’s, a pair of gold pendant earrings from the collection of Maharani Jindan Kaur, the mother of the last Sikh ruler of the Punjab, sold for £175,000, eight times the original estimate. 

At Sotheby’s Arts of the Islamic World auction on Wednesday, an Iznik pottery flask raised the highest price, £669,000, well above the estimated £60,000-£80,000.

The Christie’s auction on Thursday featured Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds, including Oriental rugs and carpets. A rare palimpsest of a Qur’an written over an earlier Coptic text, thought to be from Egypt and to date back to the second century, was bought for £596,750.