Hend Sabri: First Arab star to win Starlight Cinema Award

Hend Sabri was also chosen to join the jury at the Venice Film Festival. (AFP)
Updated 06 September 2019

Hend Sabri: First Arab star to win Starlight Cinema Award

DUBAI: The iconic Tunisian-Egyptian actress Hend Sabri won the Starlight Cinema Award at the 76th Venice Film Festival this week, making her the first Arab woman to get this award.

The star wrote on Wednesday to her 2.4 million Instagram followers: “Today I received the #StarlightCinemaAward awarded by The Italian Women Journalists Foundation. Proud to be the first Arab artist to win this award that started in 2014 and won by a large number of global stars, including the world star Al Pacino.”

Sabri was also chosen to join the jury of the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film at the film festival, that has been taking place since Aug. 28 in Italy.

“I am honored to be chosen as a jury member of the Venice International Film Festival. I hope to represent the Arab region in one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals in the world,” the star announced the news on Twitter.

During her attendance at the festival, the 39-year-old actress dazzled the red-carpet in a long-length gown. The strapless dress, designed by Italian fashion house Etro, sparkled in different shades of black and dark blue sequins.

Dubai’s streetwear festival Sole DXB canceled due to pandemic

Updated 09 August 2020

Dubai’s streetwear festival Sole DXB canceled due to pandemic

DUBAI: The region’s premiere streetwear festival, Sole DXB, will not be happening in 2020, the organizers announced via a statement on Sunday.

The organizers revealed that they “aren’t confident” that they can deliver the experience festival-goers “deserve with the health and safety standards” they expect. 

“While the situation continues to improve on the ground in Dubai, the festival is a collective effort by our community around the world and we’re ready to wait ‘til they can be a part of it too,” said the statement.

Organizers also announced that they do not have a new date set. The streetwear and music festival typically takes place during the first week of December.

The urban and streetwear festival seamlessly brings together the region’s music lovers and sneakerheads, who flock to Dubai Design District to enjoy performances from top artists such as Nas and Wu Tang Clan as well as shop local and international streetwear brands.

In light of the pandemic, Sole DXB recently launched a new mixed-media platform, sole.digital, dedicated to music, fashion, the visual arts and sports from the Middle East, India, Africa, the Caribbean and their diasporas.