UAE arts center launches virtual program to showcase Emirati creative talent

Jaddaf Aloud Online will host a series of artist-led workshops and music performances. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 23 April 2020

UAE arts center launches virtual program to showcase Emirati creative talent

DUBAI: Dubai’s contemporary art institution Jameel Arts Center has launched a new virtual program to showcase Emirati creative talent.

Jaddaf Aloud Online will host a series of artist-led workshops and music performances for audiences to enjoy as they self-isolate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

The online platform represents a virtual iteration of the institution’s popular annual festival Jaddaf Aloud! – last held in December 2019 – that celebrates homegrown creative talent.




Jaddaf Aloud! was held in December 2019. (Supplied)

Jameel Arts Center commissioned UAE-based artists to design and lead the interactive projects for children, teenagers, and adults, using materials readily available at home. The sessions include crafts, art projects and mindfulness exercises.

The online program also features a directory of local artisans, stores, and homegrown businesses for audiences to connect with from their homes.

The arts center has collaborated with Dubai’s food and culture walking tour organizer, Frying Pan Adventures, to create a downloadable guide to local eateries that highlights the diversity of UAE food culture. The selected eateries will provide home deliveries during the month of Ramadan.


Syrian artists memorialize George Floyd in war-torn country

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Syrian artists memorialize George Floyd in war-torn country

DUBAI: In the past few weeks, people across the world have been protesting against police brutality and to honor George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others who have lost their lives at the hands of police.

Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun decided to show solidarity to the protestors and Black Lives Matter movement  by painting a powerful mural of Floyd against the backdrop of Idlib’s ruins. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mural depicted a portrait of Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, alongside the words “I can’t breathe” and “No to racism.”

Asmar said Floyd’s death “by suffocation” reminded him of Syrian civilians “killed by suffocation after the Syrian regime hit them with chemical weapons,” according to a local news report.

The artists said they painted the mural to “to call for peace and love” worldwide.

The pictures instantly went viral on social media and Twitter users praised the artists for choosing to paint the mural of Floyd in Syria, which has been facing a humanitarian crisis for years.

“It truly warms my heart to see Syrians supporting BLM even with everything they’re going through in Syria!” wrote one user on Twitter. “Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun in the town of Binnish in Idlib!”