Street artist Banksy splashes Paris with works on migrants

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A woman walks past a graffiti attributed to street artist Banksy, in Paris, Monday, June 25, 2018.(AP)
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A rat with a red bow graffiti believed to be attributed to street artist Banksy is seen on a wall along a street in Paris, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP)
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People walk past a graffiti believed to be attributed to street artist Banksy, in Paris, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP)
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A migrant takes a picture of a graffiti believed to be attributed to street artist Banksy, in Paris, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP)
Updated 25 June 2018
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Street artist Banksy splashes Paris with works on migrants

PARIS: Banksy is believed to have taken his message on migration to Paris, which has seen seven works attributed to the provocative British street artist.
The works attributed to Banksy have been discovered in recent days, including one near a former center for migrants at the city’s northern edge that depicts a child spray-painting wallpaper over a swastika.
Nicolas Laugero Lasserre, editor of the Artistikrezo website that broke the story, said he heard a few weeks ago through contacts in the French street art world that Banksy was planning a trip.
He said he started looking for the works and came across the one in the northern Porte de la Chappelle neighborhood. The same wallpaper stencil was used in a 2009 exposition at the Bristol Museum, he said, describing it as “a real signature” of the elusive artist.
It didn’t take long for others to add — or detract — from Banksy’s work. First came the blue tag over the wallpaper. Then on Monday, another artist temporarily covered over Banksy’s work with a poster depicting a woman’s face, but the paper was quickly pulled off and an art restorer frantically tried to cover the works with a clear plastic.
Not all the works directly reference migration. One is a play on the 1801 painting of Napoleon crossing the Alps. Others show rats, including one that appeared to have been altered over the weekend.
“It lands at a key political moment, and for me that’s really the genius of Banksy,” Laugero Lasserre said.
Banksy’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Alexandria’s summer arts festival promises a varied line-up

Avo Demerjian of Jordanian band Autostrad performs at a previous event in Dubai. (AFP)
Updated 22 July 2018
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Alexandria’s summer arts festival promises a varied line-up

  • Now in its 16th edition, the month-long festival is an annual cultural celebration
  • This edition’s musical line-up includes Sudanese singer Asia Madani, Swedish-Syrian singer Faia Younan, Moroccan band Made in Bled and the Swiss OY Band

CAIRO: Alexandria-based art aficionados are currently enjoying a vibrant arts program as part of this year’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Summer Festival, which opened on July 16 and runs until August 18.

Now in its 16th edition, the month-long festival is an annual cultural celebration, which brings a selection of music concerts, theater and dance performances, film screenings and poetry recitals to the Alexandrian crowd.

Opening the festival last week was the Jordanian band Autostrad, who performed at the bibliotheca’s open-air theater. The following day saw Swedish folk band Triakel take to the stage, also at the venue’s open-air theater. This free concert was organized in collaboration with the Swedish Institute in Alexandria. A theater performance by Kawabees, an Egyptian performing arts troupe, took place at the bibliotheca’s great hall on the same day.

This edition’s musical line-up includes Sudanese singer Asia Madani, Swedish-Syrian singer Faia Younan, Moroccan band Made in Bled and the Swiss OY Band.

Some of the Egyptian musicians performing at this year’s event include pianist and composer Omar Khairat, bands Cairokee and Massar Egbari, singers Ali El-Haggar, Maryam Saleh and Mohamed Mohsen and musician Hisham Kharma, in addition to two performances by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Orchestra.

Other events include a screening of Alekos Sakellarios’ 1957 Greek film “The Aunt from Chicago,” a comedy in which Aunt Calliopi returns to Greece from Chicago after 30 years and plans to marry off her nieces, a recital by Egyptian poet Amr Hassan, a dance performance by the Al-Wahag troupe for Ballet and Free Dance and a talk by Egyptian actor Ahmed Kamal, who is a show business veteran with more than 30 years of experience in front of the camera.

This annual festival is organized by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Center. 

According to the Bibliotheca’s official website, the BA Arts Center “provides a forum dedicated to various expressions of all forms of art, and it seeks to realize the goals of the BA in being Egypt’s window on the world and the world’s window (to) Egypt in the artistic field.”

This summer festival has in the past hosted Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran, Lebanese singer Marcel Khalife and Lebanese singer and songwriter Tania Saleh.