Model Shanina Shaik kicks off Coachella in style

Updated 13 April 2019
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Model Shanina Shaik kicks off Coachella in style

DUBAI: Model Shanina Shaik kicked off the Coachella music festival in style on Friday night and took to Instagram to show off a closet full of looks from the California-based mega event.

The runway beauty, whose father is Saudi-Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, partied in a yellow slip dress paired with knee-high white boots and showed off a red jumpsuit — complete with a peekaboo cutout — in another snap.

The 28-year-old donned a silky, polka-dotted number for her third look and we are sure there will be many more outfit changes to come as she takes in the festival.

The desert music festival in California attracts fans from around the world who come prepared with suitcases full of bohemian-chic style. The event has become as famous for its fashion as its glittering lineup of performers and the who’s who of the film and music industries attend in their most fantastical outfits — think fringe, feathers and face paint.

The two-weekend festival in Southern California, running from April 12 to April 14 and from April 19 to April 21, include Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Janelle Monae. Other performers this year include 1975, DJ Snake, Diplo and Weezer, the Associated Press reported.

Solange Knowles was set to take to the stage this year, but her performance fell through at the last minute.

The festival’s official Twitter account posted the news Sunday, writing: “Due to major production delays, Solange will unfortunately no longer be performing at this year’s festival.”

Last year, Solange’s big sister Beyonce headlined Coachella, giving a historic performance that has been documented in a new Netflix film, “Homecoming.”

Set to be released on Netflix on April 17, the documentary centers on her earth-shaking headliner performance and will show an “intimate, in-depth look” at the performance preparations, Netflix said, showing “the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.”

The 2018 highly acclaimed show, which celebrated the lineage of black music primarily in the American South, saw Beyonce perform for nearly two hours with a number of guest appearances including from Solange and her former bandmates from the group Destiny’s Child.

Fast forward to 2019 and critics are eagerly waiting for Ariana Grande’s performance on Sunday as she’s just the fourth solo woman to headline the festival — and the youngest artist ever to nab the coveted spot.
 


‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

Updated 19 April 2019
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‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

  • National Museum in Riyadh hosts digital show that tells the story of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo and Leptis Magna

JEDDAH: An exhibition that uses digital technology to revive the region’s ancient sites and civilizations that have been destroyed or are under threat due to conflict and terrorism opened at the National Museum in Riyadh on April 18.

“Age-Old Cities” tells the story of four historically significant cities that have been devastated by violence: Mosul in Iraq, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria, and Leptis Magna in Libya. 

Using stunning giant-screen projections, virtual reality, archival documents and images, and video testimonials from inhabitants of the affected sites, the immersive exhibition transports visitors back in time and presents the cities as they were in their prime. 

It charts their journey from the origins of their ancient civilizations to their modern-day state, and presents plans for their restoration and repair. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Riyadh is the first stop outside the French capital on the exhibition’s global tour. 

The exhibition follows last month’s unveiling of the Kingdom’s new cultural vision, which included the announcement of several initiatives, including a new residency scheme for international artists to practice in the Kingdom and the establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, minister of culture, said: “I am delighted to welcome the ‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition to Riyadh. 

“It highlights the importance of heritage preservation, particularly here in the Middle East, and the vulnerability of some of our historic sites. 

“It must be the responsibility of governments to put an end to this damage and neglect, and to put heritage at the heart of action, investment, and policy.

“I will be encouraging my fellow members of government to attend this eye-opening exhibition in our National Museum, and hope to work in the future with partners, governments and experts to do what we can to secure our region’s heritage.”

The exhibition carries a significant message about the importance of preserving and protecting these precious but fragile sites — one which resonates strongly in the week when one of the world’s most-famous heritage sites, Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, went up in flames.