Comedy fans in for a treat as Marlon Wayans to play Riyadh in May

Marlon Wayans is to play Riyadh in May.
Updated 24 April 2018
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Comedy fans in for a treat as Marlon Wayans to play Riyadh in May

  • Marlon Wayans is coming to Riyadh for his May 11
  • Event supported by the General Entertainment Authority, various sponsors, and organized by Future Dimensions Entertainment

RIYADH: Stand-up and comedy lovers are in for a special treat as international Hollywood star and part of the legendary Wayans family – Marlon Wayans is coming to Riyadh for his May 11 scheduled show at Princess Noura University Conference Center.
Supported by the General Entertainment Authority, various sponsors, and organized by Future Dimensions Entertainment who are committed to delivering distinguished entertainment events to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On this occasion, Ratib Abdo – Executive Manager at Future Dimensions Entertainment said, “Marlon Wayans is an international superstar and a distinguished figure in comedy; His movies have generated over 1.1 billion dollars in global revenue, not to mention he has been in the game for a very long time. It is going to be a fantastic show opening a new era of stand-up comedy events in the kingdom.”
The show will feature local talents, and Marlon Wayans will be delivering an exclusive to the masses. Having been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, we can expect to witness a great evening from Marlon Wayans especially after the grand success on Netflix with his stand up show “Woke-ish,” and his hit TV sitcom on NBC “Marlon.”
People can find more details about the event on social media @Komedya1.0 and @MarlonWayans in addition to all sponsors websites and social media pages.
Tickets available at all Virgin Megastores outlets and online on ticketing box office through the link http://bit.ly/Marlonwayans
Don’t forget to use the hashtag: #MarlonWayansInRiyadh


Rare silk Qur’an helps preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

Updated 24 May 2018
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Rare silk Qur’an helps preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

  • Each of the Islamic holy book’s 610 pages was produced by hand in a painstaking process that took a team of 38 calligraphers and artists specializing in miniatures nearly two years to finish
  • Turquoise Mountain began work in 2006 in Kabul with the aim of preserving ancient Afghan craftsmanship, including ceramics, carpentry and calligraphy

KABUL: One of the only Qur’ans ever made from silk fabric has been completed in Afghanistan — a feat its creators hope will help preserve the country’s centuries-old tradition of calligraphy.
Each of the Islamic holy book’s 610 pages was produced by hand in a painstaking process that took a team of 38 calligraphers and artists specializing in miniatures nearly two years to finish.
Bound in goat leather and weighing 8.6 kilograms, the Qur’an was produced by Afghan artisans, many of them trained at British foundation Turquoise Mountain in Kabul.
“Our intention was to ensure that calligraphy does not die out in this country — writing is part of our culture,” Khwaja Qamaruddin Chishti, a 66-year-old master calligrapher, said in a cramped office inside Turquoise Mountain’s labyrinthine mud-brick and wood-paneled complex.
With the Qur’an considered a sacred text, calligraphy is highly venerated in Islam and Islamic art.
“When it comes to art we cannot put a price on it. God has entrusted us with this work (the Qur’an) ... and this means more to us than the financial aspect,” Chishti continued.
Using a bamboo or reed ink pen, Chishti and his fellow calligraphers spent up to two days carefully copying Qur’anic verses onto a single page — sometimes longer if they made a mistake and had to start again.
They used the Naskh script, a calligraphic style developed in early Islam to replace Kufic because it was easier to read and write.
The decoration around the script, known as illumination, was more time-consuming, each page taking more than a week to complete.
A team of artists used paint made from natural materials, including ground lapis, gold and bronze, to recreate the delicate patterns popular during the Timurid dynasty in the 15th and 16th centuries in the western city of Herat.
“All the colors we have used are from nature,” Mohammad Tamim Sahibzada, a master miniature artist who was responsible for creating the vibrant colors used in the Qur’an, said.
Sahibzada said working on silk fabric for the first time was challenging. The locally sourced material — all 305 meters (1,000 feet) of it — was treated in a solution made from the dried seeds of ispaghula, or psyllium, to stop the ink from spreading.
Turquoise Mountain began work in 2006 in Kabul with the aim of preserving ancient Afghan craftsmanship, including ceramics, carpentry and calligraphy.
It hopes the silk Qur’an will generate demand for more handmade Islamic religious texts that could create employment for its artisans and help finance the institute.
“We will show it to other Islamic countries to see if it is possible to create job opportunities for graduates to work on another Qur’an,” said Abdul Waheed Khalili, the organization’s Afghan director.
For now, it will be kept in a specially made hand-carved walnut wooden box to protect its delicate pages from the elements at Turquoise Mountain’s offices, which are in the restored Murad Khani, a historic commercial and residential area in Kabul’s oldest district.
There Turquoise Mountain has trained thousands of artisans with the support of Britain’s Prince Charles, the British Council, and USAID.
“The copying of the Qur’an onto silk is very rare,” country director Nathan Stroupe said.
He said the project has been “an amazing way to train our students at an incredibly high level in a very traditional type of work.”
“If a book collector in London... was interested in it, we would be thinking in the $100,000 to $200,000 (price) range,” he added.