Regional pop art prints to go on sale at Sole DXB

The Library. (Courtesy of The Third Line Gallery)
Updated 11 December 2018

Regional pop art prints to go on sale at Sole DXB

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

This year, Dubai-based The Third Line art gallery will set up a shop at the event, selling limited-edition prints by regional artists Amir H. Fallah, Farah Al-Qasimi, Hassan Hajjaj, Lamya Gargash, Nima Nabavi and Sara Naim.

Hassan Hajjaj "The Narcicyst" 2013. (Supplied)

Dubbed The Library, the shop will also offer up exclusive collaborations with three regional designers, including furniture pieces by Local Industries, which was founded in 2011 by Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas, jewelry inspired by Bedouin culture by HOOKED|HKD and glass vessels by Dima Srouji, who works with traditional glassblowers from the West Bank village of Jaba’.

Srouji’s project aims to reactivate the dying industry of Palestinian glassblowing and features glass objects that look like spiky goats, transparent cacti and giant millipedes.

Farah Al Qasimi "Falcon Hospital" 2017. (Supplied)

For art lovers who are seeking cutting-edge wall decoration, The Library’s offering of limited-edition prints is set to be quite a draw, with prints of work by the so-called “Andy Warhol of Marrakech” Hassan Hajjaj going on sale.

Hajjaj has scored more than a few celebrity fans, with US pop icon Madonna posting photos of a fun photo shoot with the artist on her Instagram account in August.

The Third Line’s booth at Sole DXB isn’t the only reason fans of art and urban culture should check out the event — a stellar lineup of performers is also set to attract hip-hop fans from around the region.

Nima Nabavi "Pixel Print" 2018. (Supplied)

Rap legend Nas will take to the stage with his socially conscious brand of hip-hop and New York-based rap duo Lion Babe, made up of Lucas Goodman and singer Jillian Harvey, will also perform. Meanwhile, Dominican-American singer DaniLeigh and British grime artist Giggs will entertain the crowd, among a host of other performers.

Founded in 2005, The Third Line represents contemporary Middle Eastern artists locally, regionally and internationally and its shop, The Library, is just one step toward making regional art a tad more affordable.

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival reveals lineup

The festival will also celebrate the work of great Arabic directors who made great contributions to the Arab cinema. (AN photo)
Updated 18 February 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival reveals lineup

  • Spike Lee, Abel Ferrara presenting sessions during nine-day event

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s first major international film festival revealed its lineup on Monday in Jeddah.
The Red Sea Film Festival will run from March 12 to 21 and will screen 107 features and short films, including a lineup of 16 films in-competition, seven non-competition films, 11 Saudi features, and 13 short films for the shorts competition, 23 films for best of year category, and 17 experimental films for the Tajreeb category, which is based on local narratives of Saudis and non-Saudis living in the Kingdom.
It will be held in Jeddah’s Al-Balad district, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The first seven days will be dedicated to the festival, while the last two days will screen the winning titles across Al-Balad’s Buhairat Al-Arbaeen, a site that has been constructed specifically for the festival to include the 1,200-seat Coral Theater, four smaller theaters, a workshop space and a cinema.
The festival’s noncompetition category will feature films like “Malcolm X” by Spike Lee, who will be giving a master class.
The festival will also celebrate the work of great Arabic directors such as Khairy Beshara, Youssef Chahine and the late photographer and cinematographer Safouh Naamani, who was one of the pioneers of color photography in the Kingdom.


• The Red Sea Film Festival runs from March 12 to 21.

• It will screen 107 features and short films.

• It will be held in Jeddah’s Al-Balad district, a Unesco World Heritage site.

“We worked hard to ensure that the films being presented showcase Saudi Arabia's emerging film industry, and encourage a more open cultural exchange. This isn't just about exporting our stories; we are bringing different perspectives, new conversations into Saudi Arabia too,” Mahmoud Sabbagh, the festival director, said.
The festival will also feature an art exhibition with original doodles and artwork by director Federico Fellini, titled “When Fellini Dreamt of Picasso,” which was inspired by the Spanish artist.
Festival tickets go on sale on Feb. 23 at a price range lower than commercial cinemas.
“We want to engage with a large number of audiences and have it be accessible to all social classes,” Sabbagh said.
The opening night will be on a par with Cannes and Berlin, featuring a red carpet, gala and two screenings with the premiere of Saudi film “Shams Al-Maaref” (The Book of Sun), directed by Faris Godus.