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QUOZ 2013 

The second edition of QUOZ, a one day art festival taking place in Al Quoz is back this Saturday, 23rd November 2013. Last year's edition was a fun day out (you can read my review of it here), with a good turn out. I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store this year and hoping for an even bigger turn out. 

QUOZ is open to all ages and anyone interested in the arts arts and culture. Its aim is to give visitors an opportunity to discover the local arts scene and engage with the gallerists, artists, creatives and cultural minds in the community. 

The programme for this year's edition is bigger and will cover more than 30 venues with 40 events from 10am-10pm. The programme has been put together in partnership with Art Dubai and Dubai International Film Festival and will include exhibitions, music, dance, gallery guided tours where you will be able to meet the artists in some of the galleries, a pop up book shop, fashion, design, film screenings, panel talks, lectures and even a food market. 
Here are my top picks for the day which I hope will encourage you to attend and to spread the word:



10AM - 1PM 
Public Art Engagement at thejamjar

In collaboration with The Domino and the British Council, London-based muralist Nazir Tanbouli will feature at thejamjar leading live and interactive activities for visitors of all ages as part of the Art in the Public Realm scheme.  

12PM - 2PM 
Exhibition opening: Weaving Gaps at Empty 10 


In collaboration with 1x1 Art Gallery, Empty10 will present a solo exhibition of works including video and embroidered installations by Italian artist, writer and poet Cristiana de Marchi. 

Nostalgia: Souvenirs of the mind at Jamm Art Gallery  

Mohammed Al-Kouh, The Water Towers (2012)Mohammed Al-Kouh, Cinema Qarnata (2012)









A group exhibition of photography and paintings in which the artists explore a period or place with personal associations, in partnership with Al Bareh Art Gallery, Bahrain

Jamm Art Gallery  
Al Bareh Gallery  

Journey to Yemen at Total Arts 

Total Arts at The Courtyard invites you to explore this series of photographs which present Yemen through the lens of 13 acclaimed photographers and a filmmaker who travelled to the country in 2009. 

1PM - 3PM 
Open Day at The Courtyard Playhouse  


Art and theatre enthusiasts are invited to experience and participate in improvisation theatre, workshops, performances and more in this newly developed contemporary performing arts venue.

The Courtyard Playhouse is also running a crowd funding campaign to raise money to help to complete the space. You can read more about it here 

1PM - 4PM  
Capsule Arts Pop-Up Shop 

Exclusively for QUOZ, local artists will be working live in the studio and visitors will have the chance to buy a selection of limited edition art prints, alongside original art and design objects.  

M - 4PM  
Guided Tours

J+A Gallery

With a focus on 20th century design objects including rare Bauhaus and Art Deco pieces, explore the history of design with the gallery owners and curator Sebastian Jaroslawski. 

The Third Line 
Join The Third Line team for a detailed exploration of Sherin Guirguis’ work in the main gallery, whilst Raja’a Khalid will lead a walk through of her show ‘Southeast to Armageddon’ in the Project Space.  

Sherin Guirguis, Untitled (Bab Huda) - detail, 2013, Mixed Media on hand cut paper, 274.32 x 182.88 cm 


Sherin Guirguis 'Passages//Toroq' investigates post-colonial themes of political, cultural and social dogma and feminist activism within the framework of the Egyptian diaspora, both in the public and private spheres. Delving deep into the building blocks of culture and identity, specifically from the approach of a diaspora artist, she presents her interpretation of what it means to be defined by the transformative events of the moment.


Raja'a Khalid, American Envoy, 2013, Archival Inkjet Print, 37 x 30 inches

Raja'a Khalid's 'Southeast to Armageddon' showcases a small selection of images from the Middle East chapter of her ongoing 'Minor Histories Archive’ project. With an intention to question the objectivity of certain public documents, this body of work focuses on how the discovery of Middle Eastern oil in the 1930s was depicted in popular Western press at the time, and the American perception of Gulf oil companies in the forties and fifties.  

3PM - 6PM  
Guided Tours  

Carbon 12 

Curator/writer Katrina Kufer will provide a further insight into the works of Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer's 'Try To Reach the Goal Without Touching The Walls' whose artworks playfully explore space, motion and how we function in the world. 

Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde (IVDE) 

'Approaching Entropy' by Hassan Sharif, is a series of new works meticulously rendered on paper and assemblages of mass produced materials governed by chance and order. 

Green Art Gallery 

Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Chronoscope, 1951, 11pm, 2009-2011. In collaboration with Media Farzin. (Installation view) | Single channel HD video installation inсl. screenplay booklets, sofa and table, 24:49 min, B & W, sound | Dimensions variable, Ed. 5 + 2AP. Photo: silversalt, courtesy of Artspace, Sydney

For the first time in the region, view the award winning video work 'Chronoscope 1951' by Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck alongside a guided tour by Director Yasmin Atassi of the group show 'Statue of Limitation' 


Grey Noise  

Ingrid Hora, Positions of how to lead

Gallery Director Umer Butt will lead a tour of ‘Dear Leader’, a solo show of new works by Ingrid Hora inspired by the relationship between individuals and masses, and between control and society. 

Lawrie Shabibi 

Nabil Nahas, Serendipity, 2013 Acrylic on canvas 304.8 x 152.4 cm 120 x 60 in

Head to Lawrie Shabibi and experience a collection of sumptuous 3D paintings by Lebanese artist Nabil Nahas, from his series ‘Fractals’ and ‘Galactic’.  



Guided Tour

Gulf Photo Plus 

Jaime Puebla, Comic Con. Dubai, 2012

There will be a guided tour of the recently opened photography exhibition, Cabinet of Curiosities featuring a refreshing perspective of the UAE as captured by locally based photographer, Jaime Puebla.  




4PM - 5.30PM
Premiere of A.I.R Dubai 2013

The screening will take place in A4 Pop-Up Space.




In the lead-up to Art Dubai and Sikka Art Fair each year, the Artists in Residence (A.i.R.) program brings together three Emirati artists, three international artists and a curator-in-residence for an intensive period of collaborative work and exchange.

In this documentary commissioned by Tashkeel, award-winning filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour explores the creative inspirations and aspirations of the 2013 resident artists: Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Reem Falaknaz, Ammar al Attar, Joe Namy, Dina Danish, and Yudi Noor, working alongside curator Bérénice Saliou. The film explores the influence of urban space on these artists, from London, Amsterdam and Beirut to Dubai's Al Fahidi heritage area with its famous wind-towers and courtyards.

The residents' diverse artistic voices and media provide a colorful and dynamic entry point to the contemporary art scene of Dubai, with insightful commentary from the four partners behind the annual A.i.R. residency program: Tashkeel, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Art Dubai and Delfina Foundation (London).

5.30PM - 7PM
Panel Discussion in A4 Pop-Up Space: Indie Print Publishing in the UAE 



Campus Art Dubai in partnership with DCAA will bring together editors to debate the role of print in the digital world, critique versus citizen journalism and telling locally relevant stories. 

The Fridge  

Dance Performance and Lecture  

'I Laban You!' is short dance-lecture-performance about the meaning of one word. 
Choreographer and performer Monica Antezana was once asked to make a dance piece about what interested her at that moment. She had in mind two topics to investigate: a famous dance person or her favorite food.

She started researching both topics. Thanks to one tiny detail she discovered that she could fuse both topics into one! That is how Monica put words, science, music, symbols and objects on the move. The Bible, Southeast Asia politics, ghosts, pens, bacteria. 

I love the title of this and actually can't wait to see this. 



The Fridge 

Live Music 


Dubai's hottest new ambient-electro outfit Parallel Sound System will take the stage with a guest appearance from The Boards.




7.30PM - 10PM

Film Screenings hosted by Dubai International Film Festival

Two films will be screened in the A4 Pop-Up Space.

'Silence: All Roads Lead to Music', a film featuring four musicians who meet for the first time. 



'Daddy ABC', an animated short that follows an Emirati father as he is left to care for his new-born child.

All Day 
Art Animations at Salsali Private Museum

View art animations in the cinema installation, part of the 'Cinema', an exhibition of cinema-related works. 


Hope some of the above will encourage you to go QUOZ on Saturday. I leave you with this video of highlights from last year's QUOZ. If you are in Dubai, please don't miss this year's edition. 


Exhibition: Cabinet of Curiosities by Jaime Puebla

© Jaime Puebla, Comic Con. Dubai, 2012


Jaime Puebla is a photographer based in the United Arab Emirates. He's been working for The National newspaper for the past six years and alongside his job as a Staff Photographer, he also documents the unusual within the United Arab Emirates. 

His personal projects focus on documenting everyday events, presenting them in an extraordinary and surreal light. Inspired by the likes of Josef Koudelka and William Eggleston, he highlights curious moments, emphasizing them with minimalist sensibilities.

Jaime Puebla will have his first solo exhibition, Cabinet of Curiosities opening on 18th November at Gulf Photo Plus and will run till 19th December 2013. There will also be a guided tour of the show on Saturday 23rd November at 6pm.

Presented in the form of a collection as early as the sixteenth century, a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ aimed to bring attention to peculiar items; matters yet to be defined.

A precursor to today’s museums, these ‘wonder rooms’ exhibited objects the collector found stimulating; items that could appear mundane to some, and extraordinary to others.

Puebla’s collection of photographs captured within the UAE look beyond the obvious, instead depicting subtleties discovered off the beaten path. 


© Jaime Puebla, Halloween party, Dubai, 2012


Puebla’s compositions demonstrate an extraordinary eye for color, paired with minimalist sensibilities resulting in images that immediately seize your attention, yet allow your imagination to wander.

From the bizarre to the banal, the beautiful to bewildering, Puebla photographs the UAE’s endless barrage of visual hyperboles, peaking the viewer’s interest yet withholding the ending to each narrative. 

© Jaime Puebla, Government conference, Dubai, 2011


I was not familiar with Jaime's work till now and based on these photos (I love the one from Comic Con), I can't wait to see the rest of this series.



Event details
Opening night: Monday, 18th November at 7.30pm. Exhibition will run till Thursday, 19th November.
Guided tour on Saturday, 23rd November at 6pm
Venue: Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue,  Unit D36, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (location map)


Jung Lee at Green Art Gallery

Jung Lee, I Want To Be Your Love, 2012, C-type Print, 136 × 170 cm


Korean artist Jung Lee has a solo exhibition in Green Art Gallery that is on till 12th November 2013.

I visited the gallery yesterday and quite liked the images. They are very atmospheric, with a sense of reflection (I do wish there was more written material about each image).  

Below are some of the photos that can be found at the exhibition, including the gallery's write up explaining Jung Lee's series. 


Working across sculpture and photography, the exhibition will present works from both her Aporia and Day and Night Series.

Aporia, meaning “coming to a dead end” in Greek, was inspired by Roland Barthes’s “A Lover’s Discourse” that tells the story of the ineptitudes of people in love. According to Barthes, when one falls in love the beloved becomes a mystery and one will ceaselessly try to figure out the reasons for their mysterious feelings. The desire to express one’s love produces lies and conflicts leading to a dead end.


Jung Lee, How Could You Do This To Me?, 2011, C-type Print, 136 x 170 cm


For Lee, those empty phrases reveal the solitude and sorrow of modern people today.

Inspired by Barthes’s close reading of desire and love, Lee slows everything down patiently analyzing that most intense and overwhelming of states, unanswered desire - the language of complete love and the deep solitary state it throws the lover into. 

Jung Lee, I still Remember, 2010, C-type Print, 136 x 170 cm


Collecting cliched expressions of love and hatred- very much like Barthes’s collections of of hesitations, stammerings and gasps- Lee places them in deserted landscapes in the form of neon text sculptures, mimicking cold neon signs so often found in cities.


Jung Lee, I Dream Of You, 2012, C-type Print, 170 x 136 cmJung Lee, Day and Night #3, 2012, C-type Print, 175 × 140 cm















The result is a group of beautiful and melancholy empty landscape photographs, contrasting sentimental phrases such as “I still remember”, “Once in a lifetime” and “How could you do this to me?”, with stark layouts of deserted plains or barren snow fields.  

Jung Lee, Why? #2, 2010, C-type Print, 136 x 170 cm 

In the works entitled Day and Night, Lee focused on 'God' and 'Love' as the two main words reflecting her interpretation of Dante's Divine Comedy where he highlighted the belief that true faith and love would lead you to heaven.

Lee produces a cluster of those “divine” words and places them floating over the sea as reproductions or in a heap, demonstrating one’s desire to salvation.   


Jung Lee, Day and Night #2, 2012, C-type Print, 140 x 175 cm


Thus Lee’s constructed photographs evoke amorous intensity with a coolness that enables the viewers to find their own way into this world, to have their memories stirred, to consider what it means to be alive in time. 


Jung Lee, The End, 2010, C-type Print,100 x 125 cm




Event details
Date: Exhibition is on till 12th November 2013, Saturday-Thursday 10.00am-7.00pm
Venue: Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Street 8 (location map)


Spiro in Dubai on 22nd and 23rd October 2013


Spiro is a contemporary acoustic ensemble that have been performing together since 1993. After researching them, this is the best description I can find about them,

Spiro are an engaging, experimental acoustic band from Bristol who defy categorisation. They play violin, mandolin, accordion, guitar and cello, make use of traditional English melodies in many of their intricate compositions, but are definitely not a conventional folk band.  (via The Guardian

Spiro will be in Dubai on 22nd and 23rd October, brought to us by the British Council and The Fridge. They won't be here just to perform, but will also run a workshop and be part of a panel discussion that will examine the role of traditional folk music, both locally and internationally, in today's music scene.  

I am quite curious to see what will come out of the panel discussion and looking forward to watching them live.

Here's the detailed schedule. 

Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 at The Fridge

5.00pm -  Exploring the sounds of Spiro workshop
The members of Spiro will be leading a workshop that explores how they arrive at their unique sound that mixes a blend of styles from folk and classical to punk and pop. They will also be joined by a guest local folk musician.

6.30pm - Panel discussion: The role and impact of traditional Emirati music on the music scene in the UAE
Spiro will be joined by a panel made up of figureheads from the local music scene for an in-depth discussion about the role that traditional music plays within the broader context of the UAE's music scene.

8.30pm - Jam Session
Spiro along with local musicians will take to the stage for a jam session and will be a chance to interact with the band musically and share ideas and styles. 

Entry is free to all of the above sessions. 



Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at The Irish Village at 8.30pm
Spiro will perform their pick from their albums Pole Star, Lightbox and Kaleidophonica in the picturesque setting of The Irish Village (entry is free).


Here are a couple of clips to give you an idea of Spiro's music. I am looking forward to this. 






Reverend and the Makers at The Music Room on 4th October 2013


I found out last night Reverend and the Makers will be playing live in Dubai, tonight at The Music Room. Quite a random act to come to Dubai, their last top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart, Heavyweight Champion of the World was in 2007, and I only know them for that one song (they've had a few top 10 hits in the UK Indie Charts).

I looked up some of their other songs for this blogpost, and it's a bit of hit and miss. Some of it is dancey, TimeOut Dubai describes their music as "a mix of indie guitar pop, electronica and a touch of Madchester-esque funk." - and since we don't get many live indie acts coming to Dubai, I will most probably go to this. They will be supported by the Dubai based rock band Sandwash.

I must say, the one thing that stood out for me about Reverend and the Makers when I was researching them was this article about a Twitter spat between the band's lead singer Jon McClure and Calvin Harris. Love it when celebrities make a scene of themselves on Twitter. In fact, looks like Jon McClure is a bit of a wreck on Twitter. Just hope he's better to watch live than following him on Twitter.  


Here's a little taste of the band's music:


Heavyweight Champion of the World



He Said He Loved Me



Out of the Shadows




Event details
Date: Friday, 4th October 2013. Doors open at 9.00pm.
Venue: The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Al Mankhool Road (location map
Ticket: AED 100 
Event page on Facebook 



My Cassette Tape Project 

I'm back from Amsterdam and can't wait to share highlights from that trip. But for now, I'd like to invite you to an event taking place in Dubai this weekend on 4th and 5th October.

Remember I wrote about my cassette themed installation for the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp a couple of weeks ago

The installation will be open to the public this weekend, 4th-5th October from 4-8pm on both days in Tashkeel Bastakiya (House 10) in Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood.

Here's the write up about the installation by Tashkeel:
Photographer/blogger Hind Mezaina takes the viewer on a journey through the history of the cassette tape and its association to Dubai, both on a personal level, growing up in the UAE and obsessively listening to music from the west. 

On display will be Hind’s personal collection of cassettes bought through the 1980s and 1990s as a young female teenager and adult living in the UAE. Also on showcase will be a selection of short films on the theme of the cassette tape, and a series of projected images from Hind’s ‘My Dubai’ photographic series. 

Come join us this weekend and listen to fun, nostalgic music and get creative by making your very own mixtape. This project was originally commissioned by Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp.

And here's my personal statement about the project:
Cassettes have played an important part of my life when I was growing up in Dubai in the 1970s/80s. There was an amazing selection of cassettes on sale  - all pirated copies, but they kept me up to date with the pop music scene. Additionally, I would make my own mixtapes, recording my favourite songs from the radio for me to listen to whenever I like or for friends.

And that's the beauty of cassettes; they are tangible objects that hold memories, whether brought from a music store, or a personal mixtape of music and words. 

I am sharing my personal collection of cassettes from the late 1980s till the early 1990s. A record of my music and tastes over the decade. 

Below are some images my brother, Khalid Mezaina took during the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp week whilst I was in Amsterdam (disclaimer disclosure: my brother works for Tashkeel). 

The cassette room

The screening room

The image room - projecting my photos of Dubai

Event details
Date: Friday and Saturday, 4th-5th October from 4.00-8.00pm
Venue: Tashkeel Bastakiya (House 10), in Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood. Location map:

[Photos: Khalid Mezaina

Larissa Sansour - Science Faction at Lawrie Shabibi


Science Faction by Larissa Sansour is a new exhibition that will open on Monday, 9th September at Lawrie Shabibi.

When I first read about her Nation Estate project where Sansour proposed a Palestinian state "in the form of a skyscraper, with each floor accommodating a Palestinian city", I fell in love with the idea and I only got to see some of the photos. Looking forward to seeing the whole series.

I'm not a fan of overtly photoshopped photographs, but I do love the idea behind each photo.


Originally developed for the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2011, Nation Estate became the subject of a censorship controversy when the project was deemed too “pro-Palestinian” and Sansour’s nomination for the prize was revoked – generating media storm culminating in the cancellation of the prize. Despite the setback, Sansour was soon able to galvanise support and eventually complete the project.


Lawrie Shabibi is proud to be showing the full series, which features a high-production 9-minute sci-fi short film and set of seven photographic works. Alongside Nation Estate, Science Faction will also feature works from A Space Exodus, an earlier series by Sansour leading the way for the Nation Estate project.


In both Nation Estate and A Space Exodus Sansour appropriates pop cultural forms – science fiction and futurism – to approximate the reality and complexity of life in Palestine and explore a playfully dystopian solution for a Palestinian state.



In Nation Estate, Sansour proposes a Palestinian state in the form of a skyscraper, with each floor accommodating a Palestinian city.  The female lead, played by Sansour herself, travels upwards in an elevator from one city to the other passing by iconic symbols and landmarks that recreate a sense of history and belonging.



In A Space Exodus (an adaptation of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1986)) Sansour offers a naively hopeful and optimistic vision for a Palestinian future in outer space. Projecting herself onto the moon as a Palestinian astronaut, we see Sansour heroically planting the Palestinian flag on the lunar surface.



Depicting fantastical scenarios inspired by facts on the ground, Sansour hints at the current political stalemate and sense of futility that surrounds the Palestinian predicament. Borrowing heavily from the language of film and pop culture, Sansour’s use of new media masks her cynicism in a humorous manner, offering different interpretations of the current socio-political situation. The result is an unconventional Palestinian narrative that succeeds in being both humorous and tragic.




Event details
Date: Opening reception on Monday, 9 September, 2013 from 7.00-9.00pm. The exhibition will go on till 12th November 2013.
Venue: Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Al-Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai (location map)
Phone: +9714 346 9906 





Rawiya | She Who Tells a Story at Gulf Photo Plus 

© Tanya Habjouqa

Rawiya is a female photography collective from the Middle East founded by Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak and Tanya Habjouqa. Their latest exhibition, "She Who Tells a Story" (the English translation for Rawiya) will showcase their recent work at Gulf Photo Plus. The exhibition will open on Monday, 9th September till Wednesday, 16th October.

While clearly shaped by and within the context of larger social and political realties, these are not photographs documenting catastrophe or violence, but instead simple, universally human moments.  In presenting these works together in conversation, the exhibition expands the monolithic narrative of the region by collapsing it down to the minute and mutable possibilities of the everyday.

In addition to the exhibition, there there will be a talk led by Rawiya members Laura Boushnak and Tamara Abdul Hadi on Tuesday, 10th September at 7pm. They will offer further insight to the photographs within the exhibition as well as additional projects by the Rawiya members. The talk is free to attend, but registration is required.  


Below are some photos from the exhibition with background information about each series. If you are in Dubai, don't miss this.

Tanya Habjouqa -  Occupied Pleasures

The scenes captured in Tanya Habjouqa’s 'Occupied Pleasures' – families on picnics, children swimming, young girls preparing for a party, women practicing yoga or attending a wedding – are both hauntingly fleeting and decidedly commonplace.  The juxtaposition is a common one for Palestinians, whose daily existence often includes the intersection of the bizarre and the banal. The series reveals quirky and lighthearted moments of respite for Palestinians coping with limited freedom of movement within a society most often seen through the lens of hard news.

© Tanya Habjouqa

Laura Boushnak - I Read I Write: Yemen - Access to Education

Laura Boushnak presents a selection from the series 'I Read I Write: Yemen - Access to Education', the continuation of an ongoing project documenting women and education across the Arab world. Her subjects are all women – the first members in their families to pursue higher education – depicted both facing the camera with a warm, direct gaze and taking part in a tableau of daily scenes. The images are inscribed with the women’s handwritten text that reflects Boushnak’s conversations with the students about their achievements and aspirations, as well as the challenges they face in an ultraconservative society, where the prevailing role for women is limited to marriage and the home.

© Laura Boushnak

© Laura Boushnak



Tamara Abdul Hadi - Ramallah, 2011

Moving beyond questions of how those living in marginalized communities are seen by others, 'Ramallah, 2011' by Tamara Abdul Hadi is itself an interactive exercise, in which the individuals being photographed have the ability to control their own image and decide how to represent themselves.  Handing control to her subjects – children, women, older men, and teenagers – Abdul Hadi invites those living in Ramallah to take their own portraits. The resulting images challenge static notions of documentation, and leave viewers face to face with individuals, unobstructed by another’s perspective.

© Tamara Abdul Hadi

© Tamara Abdul Hadi


Myriam Abdelaziz - Cairo Dances 

Reflecting divergent, yet in the end parallel stories of women pursuing their dreams within the constraints of a social context, Myriam Abdelaziz’s series 'Cairo Dances' offers an intimate portrait of Egyptian belly dancers.  Striking enticing poses in ornate, if slightly faded, costumes against a simple studio background, the women have a monumental, almost memorialized quality to them.  The series is an effort, Abdelaziz explains, to document an endangered species, as a combination of economic and socio-religious factors lead fewer Egyptian women to continue the tradition so historically strongly associated with the country.

© Myriam Abdelaziz© Myriam Abdelaziz




















Event details
Opening on Monday 9th September, 7.00-10.00pm. Exhibition will run till 16th October 2013.
Artist Talk on Tuesday 10th September at 7.00pm. Register here.
Venue: Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Unit D36, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai (location map)
Free entry.



Film Screening - Tomboy


Alliance Francaise in Dubai will be hosting a screening of Tomboy on Monday, 2nd September at 8pm. The move is in French with English subtitles.


From writer-director Celine Sciamma (Water Lilies), Tomboy tells the story of 10-year-old Laure (played by the amazing Zoe Heran) who moves to the suburbs and decides to pass as a boy amongst the pack of neighborhood kids. As “Mikael” she catches the attention of leader of the pack Lisa, who becomes smitten with her. At home with her parents and younger sister Jeanne, she is Laure; while hanging out with her new pals and girlfriend, she is Mikael. Finding resourceful ways to hide her true self, Laure takes advantage of her new identity, as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret.

Writer-director Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this contemporary coming-of-age story which deftly explores relationships between children and their peers; between children and their parents; and the even more complicated relationship between one’s heart and one’s body.




Event details
Date: Monday, 2nd September at 8.00pm
Venue: Alliance Française, Oud Metha, Dubai (location map)
Free entry.


Rock Camp for Girls in the UAE


For more than three years, Zahra Soar hosted a weekly radio show on Dubai Eye to showcase regional musical talent. While many musicians appeared on the show, very few female musicians came into the studio.

To help address this imbalance, Zahra has founded Dubai’s first Rock Camp for Girls, a not-for-profit five-day course for 16 locally based girls of all nationalities between the ages of seven and 17.

The premise is simple: pick up an instrument, form a band, write a song and perform it in front of friends and family on the final day. The girls will be split into four bands, each guided by its own experienced mentor including well known singers/musicians from the region, Noush Like Sploush and Fatiniza.

This is not a music camp. This is purely a not-for-profit mentoring program that will empower girls and galvanise them into action. If a student graduates from Rock Camp for Girls with greater confidence to perform, and wants to form her own band, then we have done our job. Zahra Soar, the camp organiser

Co-organiser Rasha Omar, Arabic content manager for music site Triple W agrees. She also wants to see more female bands in the Middle East.

There is fantastic talent in the region, and some brilliant female musicians. But, in my opinion, we should be working towards the point where it is absolutely normal to see more girls embracing music. It’s not just about empowerment, but it’s also about boosting confidence and providing the right stepping stone – and with a great group of mentors who will be teaching the kids, we hope to see great results. Rasha Omar, co-organiser


Alongside band rehearsals, the 16 girls will attend a series of specialised workshops, with instruction on setting up PA systems, creating press kits, as well as courses on rock history and lectures on prominent women in the music industry.

On Thursday, 29th August, at the end of the five-day workshop, there will be a finale, which will tie together everything the girls have learned with a headline performance at thejamjar in Al Quoz.



Rock Camp for Girls will take place at In The Mix studios from 25th-29th August 2013, from 9am to 1pm daily. Numbers are strictly limited to 16 girls and the camp package is AED 999 all inclusive.

Parents can contact Zahra Soar to book or for more information:
Phone: +97155 935 9982

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