The Six: Sole DXB unveils artist line-up

Sole DXB 2017 was widely considered a success. (Supplied)
Updated 24 October 2018

The Six: Sole DXB unveils artist line-up

DUBAI:Dubai-based urban festival Sole DXB is set to return on Dec. 6 with an exciting line-up of artists set to perform at the celebration of all things hip hop, fashion, art and basketball.

Influential American rapper and entrepreneur Nas is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara and has multiple platinum records to his name. His latest album was produced by Kanye west.

Lion Babe
The New York-based rap duo, made up of Lucas Goodman and singer Jillian Harvey, was formed in 2012. They recently performed at Coachella and are known for their distinctive R&B sound.

The Dominican-American singer, who emerged on the music scene as a dancer, got her big break when Prince asked her to direct, write and star in his music video.

Giggs is a British rapper who garnered critical acclaim with his first album and has since worked with multiple artists, including Ed Sheeran and Anthony Hamilton.

A sensational upcoming British talent whose music is a mix of rap, garage and grime laid over rough-edged beats with a healthy dose of adolescent charisma.

This self-taught saxophonist, rapper and producer has created a new wave of genre-bending music. Spinning smooth jazz with R&B, Masego is known for his innovative style.


International Hay Festival set to arrive in the UAE

UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance announced Wednesday that the event will start on Feb. 24. (Supplied)
Updated 18 September 2019

International Hay Festival set to arrive in the UAE

DUBAI: For its first edition in the Arab World, the international Hay Festival will arrive in the UAE on Feb. 24, at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat Al-Saadiyat and other venues across the city, UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance announced Wednesday. 

The four-day event will host workshops, artistic performances, new technology discovery, storytelling and many more art and literature-related activities.

The festival will take place at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat Al-Saadiyat and other venues across the city. (Supplied)

Since 1987, the Hay Festival has launched 125 events globally, attracting more than 4.5 million people to events in 30 locations. 

The festival, originally based in Whales, will bring together writers and thinkers from different cultures and backgrounds to discuss ideas, share knowledge and host conversations. 

The festival aims to spark imagination and curiosity, from children and young literature enthusiasts to seasoned readers.

The Minster of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al-Nahyan said: “Hay Festival Abu Dhabi will be an important initiative of our Year of Tolerance, which celebrates the legacy of our nation’s founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, whose tolerance enabled the success we enjoy as a country today.”

Minster of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al-Nahyan announced the news in a press conference in Abu Dhabi. (Supplied) 

 “(The event) is not only about bringing the festival to Abu Dhabi, but taking Abu Dhabi to the world,” the international director of the Hay Festival, Cristina La Roche, told Arab News.

Cristina La Roche is the international director of the Hay Festival. (Supplied)

The award-winning Syrian poet Adonis is said to be attending the festival and will celebrate his 90th birthday with the participants. “He is one of the world’s greatest poets. He is unquestionably influential not only in Arabic but to poets all around the globe,” Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, told Arab News.   

Peter Florence is the director of Hay Festival. (Supplied) 

Other award-winning novelists like the Saudi Muhammed Hasan Alwan and the Omani Jokha Alharthi will also attend the event. 

Conversations will take place in multiple languages and all sessions will be live translated into Arabic and English. Tickets to all sessions will be free for those in full time education.