Dua Lipa to perform at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The “One Kiss” singer, who performed in Abu Dhabi in February, will take to stage as part of the museum’s first anniversary celebrations. (AFP)
Updated 28 October 2018
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Dua Lipa to perform at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

DUBAI: British singer Dua Lipa is set to perform at the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s concert village on Nov. 11, it was announced on Sunday.
The “One Kiss” singer, who performed in Abu Dhabi in February, will take to stage as part of the museum’s first anniversary celebrations and will kick off a week of events and activities.
From Nov. 9 – 10, a series of pop-up performances titled “Spoken Art,” directed by Dorian Paul Rogers, will see seven spoken-word poets perform from across the museum, from the permanent galleries to under the famous, intricate dome. The poets, who will perform pieces inspired by artworks in the museum, include Jayzus Zain and Qutouf Yahia from Sudan; Safwa Mohammed and Jorge Monterrosa from the US; Chamma Al-Bastaki from the UAE; Aathma Dious from India and Danabelle Gutierrez from the Philippines.
“Louvre Abu Dhabi’s anniversary celebration is the perfect moment to thank all visitors for making our first year a success and invite them to experience the museum through poetry, music, architecture, design and much more. The essence of this museum is to nurture the world’s vibrant cross-cultural connections in all their forms and what better opportunity than a week-long get together as we turn one,” the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s director, Manuel Rabaté, said in a released statement.
Emirati interdisciplinary designer Salem Al-Mansoori is also set to unveil an animated digital work in the museum’s entrance lobby. His work, “Constellations,” reflects data about the museum’s visitors collected throughout its first year.
Visitors will also have the chance to explore a set of 11 new acquisitions, including an Avalokiteshvara Buddhist sculpture from China, Japanese Samurai armor and rare Ottoman horse armor.
Guests will also be able to catch the “Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Décor” exhibit before it closes on Nov. 24. The display of 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and folding screens that highlight the artistic and cultural dialogue between Japan and France is well-worth a visit for anyone interested in the influence of traditional Japanese aesthetics on modern decorative arts.
If you’re just interested in singing along to one of Dua Lipa’s hits, tickets are $54 with free entry to the museum from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The doors of the concert village will open from 6 p.m. with DJ sets before the show.


Oscars 2019: Arab nominees at the 91st Academy Awards

Updated 23 February 2019
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Oscars 2019: Arab nominees at the 91st Academy Awards

DUBAI: The Oscars countdown is almost over - both fans and critics have already locked in their favorites over who will take home this year’s trophies.

It is a particularly exciting season for Arabs and Muslims, as a few Oscar contenders are set to make history for the region. 

Rami Malek for Best Actor

It would be a big upset if Rami Malek does not win the coveted Best Actor trophy on Feb. 24, as his epic transformation into rock legend Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been recognized in every awards show preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG.

Born to immigrant parents, the Egyptian American is poised to make history as the first actor of Arab descent to clinch the top acting prize at the Oscars, seen as one of the highest recognitions in the field. In 2016, he scored an Emmy for his performance in the hit TV show “Mr. Robot.”

Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor

A frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali is heading strong into the Oscars with multiple wins on his resume for his role in the historical dramedy “Green Book.”

The 44-year-old made headlines in 2017 when he became the first Muslim to win Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars in its 91-year history. Ali could replicate this success this year.

Capernaum for Best Foreign Film

Oprah Winfrey, a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has said Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, is a must-see.

Ever since the Lebanese drama won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, more and more people, including colleagues in the film industry, have been praising Labaki’s work.

But it is going to be an uphill battle as her film competes with Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” which has won all foreign-language film recognitions ahead of the Oscars.

Of Father and Sons for Best Documentary Feature

Berlin-based Syrian director Talal Derki took it to a different level when he lived with a Daesh family to shoot his award-winning documentary “Of Father and Sons,” which depicts radicalization from a very personal viewpoint, and is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

But the courageous Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner is up against a tough bunch, including fan favorite “RBG,” which documents the life of US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a living legend in American law.

Critics have also placed their bets on “Free Solo,” a sports documentary that depicts the athletic feat of professional rock climber Alex Hammond.