Priyanka Chopra honored at the Marrakech Film Festival

Priyanka Chopra was honored at the 2019 Marrakech Film Festival for her outstanding contributions to cinema. AFP
Updated 07 December 2019

Priyanka Chopra honored at the Marrakech Film Festival

  • It’s been an awards-filled week for Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra
  • Shortly after she was bestowed with UNICEF’s Humanitarian Award, the star flew to Morocco where she was honored at the 2019 Marrakech Film Festival

DUBAI: Shortly after Priyanka Chopra was bestowed with UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award in New York last week, the Bollywood star flew to Morocco where she was honored at the 2019 Marrakech Film Festival on Thursday for her outstanding contributions to cinema.

The Indian star took to Instagram to share the exciting news, uploading a photograph of herself on the red carpet wearing a golden-hued, crystal embellished sari by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and proudly brandishing her new accolade.

“To think that my career started nearly 20 years ago is surreal. I am honored and proud to be recognized tonight at the Marrakesh Film Festival,” she wrote alongside the image. “Thank you, truly, to everyone who came out to Jemaa Al- Fna Square,”the 37-year-old added alongside a #grateful hashtag.  




Chopra was feted alongside iconic Hollywood actor Robert Redford as well as French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier of “Let Joy Reign Supreme” fame. AFP

Two of the actresses’ hit movies, the 2013 superhero film “Krrish 3” and 2015’s “Bajirao Mastani,” are being screened at the event.

It’s been an awards-filled week for Chopra, who collected the Humanitarian award at Tuesday evening’s 15th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York for her philanthropic work with the charitable organization over the years.

The former “Quantico” star has been a Goodwill Ambassador for more than a decade, traveling to support the organization's work in her native India and other developing nations.

Ahead of her red carpet appearance in Marrakech, the Bollywood beauty swung by the “Conversation with” series wearing a sleek white Prabal Gurung trouser suit that featured floral embossing. She elevated the classic look with a pair of cream-colored pumps and a swipe of hot pink lipstick.

Chopra was feted alongside iconic Hollywood actor Robert Redford as well as French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier of “Let Joy Reign Supreme” fame.

Moroccan actress Mouna Fettou, who served as the host of the annual film festival in 2006, is also being celebrated at this year's edition.

Also at the star-studded event in the North African nation’s historic Jemaa El-Fna Square in Marrakech’s old town were actresses Tilda Swinton, who is head of the competition jury, and Marion Cotillard.

British actress Naomi Watts, who celebrated her milestone 50th birthday in Morocco last year, also made a special guest appearance on the red carpet on the opening night of the 18th edition of the cinematic event.


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.