Tasmeem Fair gathers interior designers in Jeddah

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Attendees admiring the innovative designs of Ahmad Angawi at Tasmeem Fair in Jeddah on November 18, 2017. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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A depiction of historical Ottoman Empire ships at Ammar Alamdar’s “Pavillion” at Tasmeem Fair in Jeddah on November 18, 2017. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Malak Masallati’s 70s inspired merry-go-round “Lafeef” at Tasmeem Fair in Jeddah on November 18, 2017. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Redefining the art of Islamic geometric wood-art “Roshan” by Hanadi Karkashan in Jeddah on November 18, 2017. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Visitors attend one of the main halls of Tasmeem Fair in Jeddah on November 18, 2017. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 20 November 2017

Tasmeem Fair gathers interior designers in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Tasmeem, a non-profit initiative by the Saudi Art Council has opened in Jeddah for the first time.
The initiative is a platform to showcase the works of Saudi interior designers, present their works in a different light, and allow visitors to step into their minds. Since the initial announcement by the Saudi Art Council last August, over 300 participants had applied.

The brainchild of Nawaf Nassar and under the patronage of Princess Jawaher bint Majid, organizers Nawaf Nasser, Kholoud Attar, Lama Mansour and Johara Beydoun have selected the finest and most innovative designers that were able to apply the concept of reflection to their displays.

“The council’s main purpose is to promote art in all its forms, and for the first time, interior designers have been selected to be a part of the movement instigated by the council. The plan was set in motion this year under the guidance of Princess Jawaher, and it was the right time and place for us. They’re an integrated part of the art society and I am proud to have them here under one roof,” said Nasser.

The fair’s displays are varied and the 16 selected, 11 of which are women, have filled a space in unison with their fellow participants. A number of workshops will be given by Dr. Douha Attiah, Ahmad Angawi and more. There will be special talks as well by Dr. Zuhair Fayez, Hsham Malaika, Dr. Rana Kadi and others.

“I was surprised and very pleased with the level of unprecedented professionalism of our Saudi interior designers. The volume of portfolios that we received is proof of their enthusiasm, elevated sense of style, and their level of awareness and intellect. This is a chance for the audience to get to know more about interior design and I’m confident that each season will be better than the previous,” said Princess Jawaher bint Majid.

Located in SAC’s Gold Moor headquarters in the Shatea district, Tasmeem Fair is open to all from November 18-28.


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
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Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.