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Podcast featuring discussions and interviews about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.

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Sunday
Jan242010

Mapping Dubai: A Very Personal Take on My City

Image by Hind Mezaina

On Tuesday, 26th January, Shelter will host a talk with Mishaal Gergawi, an Emirati commentator on socio-economic and cultural affairs in the UAE. With so much being said and written about Dubai recently, Mapping Dubai will attempt to build a narrative of the series of events and ideas that led to its current state, analyse the ramifications of the economic crisis and finally where Dubai can and should go from here.

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Sunday
Jan242010

Mahmovies! at thejamjar - RIP: A Remix Manifesto and The Lost Fingers

The second season of Mahmovies! Music of the Eyes series opens with RIP: A Remix Manifesto on 25th January at thejamjar.

A documentary that delves into remix culture and copyright in the information age - with blurred lines between users and producers today, watch this documentary to hear the arguments whether it's a case of culture building upon culture, copyright infringement or a compromise of creative integrity.

 
The screening will be followed with a live performance by The Lost Fingers, a gypsy jazz trio from Quebec, Canada known for their unique interpretations of 1980s classics from “Billie Jean” to “Pump Up the Jam”.

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Tuesday
Jan192010

The Human Rights Project - 20th and 21st Jan

The Human Rights Project is a US based trio consisting of Mark Gonzales, a poet and an educator and hip hop artists Nizar Wattad and Omar Offendum who offer a unique examination of identity, pop culture and growing up in the 'other' United States through lyrical beats and spoken word. They are currently touring within the region and will be in Dubai this week, for two nights only.

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Monday
Jan182010

Mahmovies - Music for the Eyes 2010

Tuesday
Jan122010

Animal Farm at DUCTAC: 14th-16th Jan 2010

I like one man shows, I am never sure what to expect, but I always end up really enjoying them. So I am really looking forward to this.

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Tuesday
Jan122010

Sacred Sights: photographs in India at The Empty Quarter Gallery

Wednesday
Jan062010

A party for a very tall building

On 4th Jan, almost all of Dubai and most of the world watched the opening ceremony of Burj Dubai (renamed that same evening to Burj Khalifa).

Luckily, I was in the right place at the right time and ended up on the new park at the base of the Burj. It was where the VIPs and invited guests were seated, but they also let other people in, mostly residents from the neighbourhood, one of whom I was accompanying. So after we got in we found beanbags to sit on, made ourselves comfortable and waited for the party to start. I felt like we had the best seats in the house.

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Sunday
Jan032010

A Key is a Key - live at The Fridge 6th Jan

An indie Danish group called A Key is a Key will be performing at The Fridge on 6th Jan. I have not heard of them before, but I looked up their music and I think it will be a good small gig. Also seeing the event poster with the band members dressed in lederhosens gives me the impression they will be a good laugh as well.

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Sunday
Jan032010

Burj Dubai Grand Opening

There is so much talk about Burj Dubai's inauguration that is scheduled for 4th Jan which reminded me of something I heard on the radio a year ago, 2nd Jan 2009 to be precise.

I was listening to BBC Correspondents Look Ahead presented by Stephen Sackur where each guest looked back at 2008 and also talked about what to expect in 2009. Towards the end of the show, Sackur asked the presenters to share "one reason to be cheerful about the coming year".

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Sunday
Jan032010

Top 10 events in Dubai in 2009

Didn't have a chance to share this earlier, but here is a list of my top 10 events in 2009 in Dubai (including one in Abu Dhabi). What was your favourite event in 2009?

1. Dubai International Film Festival: 9th-16th Dec 2009
This is the only week when cinephiles in Dubai are treated to regional and international movies and documentaries and I love losing myself watching movies during this festival and falling in love with some gems. Hands down it is my favourite week in Dubai and you can read my complete review here.


2. The opening of The Empty Quarter
Earlier this year saw the opening of The Empty Quarter, the only gallery in Dubai devoted exclusively to fine art photography. This made my day and I love the work they show. Here are two exhibitions that stood out for me.

Dubai Transmutatations: 20th Oct-28th Nov 2009
A very unique photographic project by French photographer Martin Becka captured Dubai using techniques that date back to the very beginnings of photography. The images of modern Dubai were captured with a wooden photographic tool of a very large format on negative waxed papers, using a process invented approximately 160 years ago by Gustave Le Gray. The photographs were then printed on albumin paper and toned with gold. It was fascinating seeing images of modern Dubai taken using ancient techniques.

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