‘I’m free here,’ Halle Berry says in Morocco

Halle Berry at an event earlier this year. (AFP)
Updated 24 October 2018
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‘I’m free here,’ Halle Berry says in Morocco

DUBAI: Hollywood A-lister Halle Berry is sharing shots from her stay in Morocco with her millions of Instagram followers, including one snap in which she is riding a camel.

Berry is in the North African country to film the third installment in the popular “John Wick” action franchise. She stars opposite Keanu Reeves as another gritty assassin in “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” which is set to be released next spring.

The plot follows hit man John Wick as he fights his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his head makes him a target.

The 52-year-old has posted a string of photos of her time in the country, including a snap of a souk — which she captioned “Khamssas in the Souk” — and one in which she poses with a cat while wearing a striped, traditional-looking dress that Vogue Arabia reported is from Spanish high-street retailer Zara.

“One with the locals,” Berry captioned the shot with her furry feline friend.

Proving she doesn’t discriminate when it comes to animals, Berry posted a photo in which she sits atop a camel, captioning it: “I’m free here, I’m me here.”
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I’m free here, I’m me here.

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According to Vogue Arabia, quoting a local radio station, Berry is thought to be staying in the coastal city of Essaouira.

The upcoming film joins a long line of Hollywood flicks that have been filmed in the country, including classics such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” as well as modern-day favorites “Inception” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

Morocco has also become a playground for the world’s rich and famous, with plenty of international celebrities flocking to its history-steeped cities for high-end holidays.

Madonna recently created quite a stir when she chose to celebrate her 60th birthday in Marrakech in August.

The pop superstar donned the attire of a “Berber Queen,” according to her caption, in the city on her birthday, wearing a fuchsia chiffon long-sleeved gown by Gucci with Berber jewelry and a headpiece by Marianna Harutunian.

She then posted pictures and videos on her Instagram of a fun photo shoot with British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj, known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech.”

 


Making Dubai Design Week a creative success

Dubai Design Week is set to run until Nov. 17. (Image supplied)
Updated 13 November 2018
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Making Dubai Design Week a creative success

  • Dubai Design Week kicked off in the city’s edgy Design District on Nov 12
  • This year’s theme, “Between the Lines,” can be regarded as a storytelling experience

DUBAI: As Dubai Design Week kicked off in the city’s edgy Design District, Rawan Kashkoush, creative director and head of programming at the event, shared her insight on the seminal fair with Arab News.

After four years of experience in Dubai’s annual design festival, Kashkoush talked about the importance of the city as a host in the Arab region.

“Dubai functions as an economic and political safe haven in the region. A lot of people come here and consider it home,” she said.

That said, Dubai Design Week, which runs from Nov. 13-17, is considered an international event as much as a local one. “This creates a beautiful blend,” Kashkoush said.

The design festival showcases three different major attractions that offer visitors a plethora of boundary-pushing design innovation.

First up is the commercial fair, called Downtown Design, which is an interior design trade show focusing on high-end, curated items from around the world. With 175 contemporary design brands, including 40 regional designers, the fair presents Middle Eastern talent alongside international designers. Visitors will also be able to commission limited-edition and bespoke items at the fair’s new section, Downtown Editions.

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Don’t miss ‘Nothing into Something’ a workshop led by Theresa Millard, Project Manager, Sustainability and Stewardship at @kohler. The workshop will be held on 14 November, from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and will take place in @d3dubai in the building 4 atrium on the main stage. Can industrial waste be sustainable? This is the question that launched the Kohler Waste Lab and during this workshop, Theresa will discuss the concept behind the Lab and what they are working on. These inventive projects include repurposing items such as pottery cull, foundry sand and other traditional manufacturing ‘waste’ streams into ceramic tiles, table tops and more. . . . . . . #DXBDW2018 #DesignNews #DesignWorkshop #Sustainability #SustainableDesign #Kohler #Repurposing #Workshop #DesignTalks

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“It is for people in the region to push the boundaries of Dubai on an experimental level,” Kashkoush said, explaining the motive behind the commercial trade show.

Next up is the Global Grad Show, which showcases inventions by passionate, upcoming design graduates of 61 nationalities from 100 universities around the world.

But Kashkoush seems to be most enthusiastic about Abwab, an exhibition and architectural installation that brings together design talent from across the Middle East.

“Abwab exhibits a cultural exchange of art between the Middle East and North Africa,” she told Arab News of the exhibit, the title of which translates to “door” in English.

This year’s theme, “Between the Lines,” can be regarded as a storytelling experience in which the various artists and designers were invited to share stories that would encourage visitors to leave with a deeper understanding of the region, to read between the lines as it were.

This year, Abwab features a collection of design experiences drawn from five communities in the Middle East: Amman, Beirut, Dubai, the Eastern Provinces of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City. Two designers have been invited from each place to collaborate and produce works situated in dedicated pavilions.

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In time for #DXBDW2018's official launch day tomorrow, here’s a preview of what to expect from the Middle East’s largest creative festival. With a programme of over 250+ exhibitions, installations, talks and workshops, the best of the design world will be taking over @d3Dubai until 17 November 2018. Staged in partnership with Dubai Design District (@d3Dubai) and supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (@dubaiculture) and Audi Middle East (@audimiddleeast), this year's Dubai Design Week programme is the most comprehensive to date. Don't forget to download the Dubai Design Week app to make the most of the event. . . . . . . #DXBDW2018 #preview #designevent #designeventdubai #designdaysdubai #installations #exhibitions #globaldesign #designcommunity #creativecommunity #sneakpeek #dxb #dubai

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