Residents wow Dubai outdoor art project



DUBAI: ARAB NEWS

Published — Friday 8 February 2013

Last update 8 February 2013 12:44 am

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Dubai’s residents and visitors, especially those who are staying in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), are enjoying artistic touches and creative artwork in The Walk area of the district. Under the umbrella of “The City Is Your Canvas” project, around 30 artists had the chance to share their colorful thoughts and innovative ideas using The Walk as a platform to their productive imagination. The event, which is brought by The Dubai culture and Art Authority and sponsored by Samsung Galaxy Note, is taking place from Jan. 28 until Feb. 20.
Additionally, the project includes workshops that with free entries to public adults, teenagers and kids. Programs such as the Casting and Painting workshop by artist Amal Khaja presented some useful guidance to create sculptural work using organic mediums. Another workshop by artist Mona Fares titled Explosive Painting highlighted the relationship between music and painting. The workshop presented how an harmonious link is created between the strokes of brushes and beats of music. The activities have drawn even more footfall to The Walk.
The Walk has grown to attract many tourists from all around the world and especially from GCC countries. Statistics has shown that around 7 million visitor stepped in this waterfront promenade in 2011.
This could be reasoned to the varieties of hotels, shops and especially outdoor cafés and restaurants, which this landmark destination is famous for.
Afaf Nasse r, 63, a Saudi resident in JBR told Arab News: “I have been staying at JBR since 2008, I have seen The Walk evolve over the years. It’s started with few shops and cafés and grew to have hundreds of them so far.” She adds:” I believe that the outside area dining spots represent the key factor of attraction to many of The Walk visitors, in addition to the seasonal events like live street performers, famous shows and entertaining activities”.
On the current The City Is Your Canvas event, Afaf commented:” The Walk is following a global trend that most waterfront venues around the world share, a lot similar destinations like Cannes, Miami and Barcelona present different styles of urban art all year long and it’s wonderful to have it in Dubai as well”.

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