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Tiger Translate Dubai presents Universe

Global art, design and music showcase Tiger Translate is coming to Dubai on Wednesday, 23rd November - hosting a event with the theme of Universe at the Royal Majlis (Emirates Golf Club).

Tiger Translate Middle East promises to be a multi-sensory art celebration and will feature some of the best regional talent in the digital art community, where both international and local artists will create ideas and designs which reflect their interpretation of the theme of ‘Universe’ in the context of modern Asia and the Gulf region.

Tiger Translate is fronted by a collective of both emerging Asian and established international artists, known as Asian Kinetic Artists (AKA). Tiger’s AKAs form a community of Asia’s most creative minds in art, design, photography and music. Hand-selected by a global panel of experts, the AKAs will collaborate with local artists to merge their skills and creativity to create a unique artistic experience for guests and audiences.

The AKAs at the Dubai event include a trio of acclaimed digital artists from Bangkok called B.O.R.E.D. (Band of Radical Experiment Design), who will lead a series of workshops for local artists and design students in the days leading up to the event.



Three Dubai-based artists, Liz Ramos-Prado, Victoria Viray and Hani Alireza (from Peru, Philippines and Saudi Arabia respectively) have been selected from Dubai’s design industry based upon their skills and how their styles match the artists from Bangkok.

Victoria Viray - Isabela and Cristina

All the artists will be involved in a collaborative cross-border design exchange called ‘Ping Pong’ in the run up to the event, where a work of digital art will be passed back and forth between the artist pairings to produce a unique piece of Tiger Translate digital art, with finishing touches to be made live on 23rd November.

In addition to Ping Pong, there will be a photography-based creative process called ‘Double Vision’, which will involve images by yours truly that will be treated by the digital artists, with their interpretations revealed on canvas at the event. I will only find out the results on the night, so I'm looking forward to the final outcome.

The night will include live art and alternative live music, featuring
- Break DJ Lobito

- VJ Cold Fusion
- An experimental music collaboration with leading local musicians including
Hamdan Al-Abri, Noush Like Sploosh & Gayathri.

The evening will be hosted by TV and Radion presenter Simone Heng. Added bonus, there will be Far Eastern food and refreshments served throughout the night. This one-off night sounds like it will be a blast. Hope you can make it.

Event details:
Date and time: Wednesday, 23rd November from 7.00pm - 1.00am
Venue: Royal Majlis at Emirates Golf Club (location map)
Free entry.


Gayathri - Champion of Broken Hearts

© Aya Atoui

Gayathri is one of my favourite singers in Dubai. She is releasing her new single and video Champion of Broken Hearts on Thursday, 10th November at Traffic. The event will be an homage to the 1940s Jazz Club days of big bands and tap dancing featuring a live performance by Gayathri accompanied by The Little Band with other celebrated local musicians making guest appearances. If you are in Dubai that evening, please don't miss this event.


Gayathri describes herself as "a singer/songwriter and an ol’ fashioned audiophile. My songs are my mouthpiece, my confidantes and my most honest expression. Driven by simple self-taught guitar chords and notes, the occasional piano, thick string motifs, rhythmic sniffs, foley, the music I make, tells the stories of the mind, its workings, the loves, the losses and everything in between."

© Aya Atoui

I've seen Gayathri perform live on three occasions and each time she adds something different to her shows which makes each one a unique experience. The song Champion of Broken Hearts has already received positive reviews and I just heard the song and I like it, particularly the catchy chorus:

Jumpkicked in the heart
Defeated from the start
Champion of Broken Hearts

To whet your appetite, here's a trailer to the video Champion of Broken Hearts, directed by Mrinal B.


As an added bonus, the launch night will also include a limited edition CD/DVD release of the single with free custom-made ‘Champion of Broken Hearts’ give-aways created by Vikram Divecha (5% of all the proceeds from CD sales will go to charity).

A sample of the art work in progress


So all in all, you should expect a night packed with some good creative energy. Please go and show some support to our musicians and buy the single if you like it. Many people are still suprised to find out we have a creative community and we need to celebrate them more often, particularly the ones paving their own way.

I leave you with some older tracks by Gayathri to give you a taste of what to expect on Thursday.

Sinking Superhero



Eager Arms




Event details
Date: Thursday, 10th November at 8.00pm (free entry)
Venue: Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Dubai (location map)
Phone: +9714 347 0209


For the Love of Music Music Series

For the Love of Music is a new music concert series brought to us by Dubai based Co-Sign, an independent label and entertainment agency and Kilma Studios.

The first series is happening on Wednesday, 12th October at The Music Room in Dubai.

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History is Herstory too - A night of music, poetry and art

The Fridge is hosting History is Herstory too,  a one of a kind evening on Tuesday, 22nd February, celebrating the very best in music, art and poetry that the women of Dubai have to offer.

Proceeds from the night will be go towards women in need (yes, we do have them in the city believe it or not). More details will be shared on the night.

Artists confirmed for the night include:

Singer - Mestiza
Singer - Noush like Sploush 
Singer - Azza Zarour  Gayathri

DJ Zahra
Poet - Hind
Spoken word - Hala Ali
(New Addition) Art - Floredeliza

MestizaHind Shoufani








I've seen most of these women perform in public before and I am certain it will be a night full of great talent and lots of fun. Please spread the word and come to support a worthy cause.

Noush LIke SplooshDJ Zahra 

Event Details
Date and time: Tuesday, 22nd February at 8pm
Ticket: Dhs 50
Location: The Fridge, Warehouse 5, 26 Street, Al Quoz, Dubai (location map)
Phone: +971 4 347 7793
Event on Facebook