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Wednesday
Nov012017

Home | Sports - Talk and Film screening on 4 and 25 November 2017

Home: Food | Music | Sports is a series of events I developed and curated for the National Pavilion UAE, where I've been commissioned to come up with a programme in the UAE that can be in dialog with the curatorial theme of its exhibition and publication Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play that is currently showing at the Venice Biennale. 
 

The programme I developed is mostly in dialogue with the publication Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, which includes a series of written and visual essays by writers, curators, academics and artists. 

The events inlcude a series of talks and film screenings acorss Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, addressing how food, music and sports contribute to building a sense of home and community.

The first set of events about food took place in September in Abu Dhabithe second set of events about music was last month in Dubai and for the last set of events, we will be Sharjah talking about sports. 

 

Talk

Home | Sports - Creating a sense of community through sports 
Date: Saturday, 4th November, 4.30pm-5.30pm
Venue: Mini Golf Park at Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah 
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Daily play-offs in the neigborhood of Karama in Dubai. Image by WTD magazine, as appeared in the publication of "Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play".I will be in conversation with journalist John Dennehy anout how people create a sense of community through sports and playing in public spaces. Dennehy recently wrote an article about sand golf in the UAE and I am looking forward getting some insights and thoughts about sports and building communities.

After the talk, you can stay back and play a round of mini golf if you like.

John Dennehy is a journalist with The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi. He previously worked at newspapers in Ireland and the UK. His book: In a Time of War: Tipperary 1914-1918 was published in 2013. 

The talk is free to attend and you can RSVP here.  

Mini Golf Park at Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah

 

 

Film Screening 

Home | Sports - Anwar Roma / The Lights of Rome 
Date: Saturday, 25th November, 7.30 pm
Venue: Masrah Al Qasba / Al Qasba Theatre, Al Qasba, Sharjah 
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Held in collaboration with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, MAD Solutions and Maraya Art Centre, we will screening the documentary Anwar Roma / The Lights of Rome. After the film, I will be in coversation with the director of the film, Ali Khaled.  

It is an incredibly endearing documentary and I hope you can join us that evening at Qasba Theatre to watch this film and listen to our conversation. It is free to attend, but please RSVP here.  

Anwar Roma / The Lights of Rome
Director: Ali Khalid
UAE | 2016 | 72 min
Documentary | PG | Arabic with English subtitles 

 

In Singapore, October 28th, 1989, a group of young footballers defied all odds and made history by qualifying for the World Cup in Italy, 1990. Their average age was 19, their country, The United Arab Emirates, was also just 19 years old.

This documentary explores the historical and emotive journey of the 'golden generation' whom to this date are the only United Arab Emirates football team to make it to the World Cup.  

 

 


Tuesday
Oct242017

Home | Music - Talk and Film screening on 28 and 30 October 2017

Home: Food | Music | Sports is a series of events I developed and curated for the National Pavilion UAE, where I've been commissioned to come up with a programme in the UAE that can be in dialog with the curatorial theme of its exhibition and publication Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play that is currently showing at the Venice Biennale. 

 

The programme I developed is mostly in dialogue with the publication Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, which includes a series of written and visual essays by writers, curators, academics and artists. 

The events inlcude a series of talks and film screenings across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, addressing how food, music and sports contribute to building a sense of home and community.


The first event about food took place last month in Abu Dhabi, and for this and this month you are invited to join me to at two events about music. 

 

Talk

Home | Music - Cassette Culture in the UAE 
Date: Saturday, 28th September, 6.00-7.00pm
Venue: The Flip Side, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai 
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I will be in conversation with Shadi Megalla, DJ and founder of independent vinyl store The Flip Side. We will talk about why cassettes are still relevant in this part of the world, talk about his cassette collection, listen to some music and look at some cassette artwork. 

The talk is free to attend and if you are on Facebook, you can RSVP here.  

 

Film Screening 

Home | Food - Les Petits Chats 
Date: Monday, 30th October, pm
Venue: The Roxy Cinemas, The Beach, Dubai,  
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In collaboraion with The Scene, the screening of the documentary Les Petits Chats will take place on Monday, 30th October at The Roxy Cinemas (The Beach). The screening is free to attend, but pre-registration is essential and you can sign up to attend here.  

 

Les Petits Chats
Directed by Sherif Nakhla 
Egypt | 2014 | 1h 20min 
Documentary | Arabic with English Subtitles
Rating: [ G ] - General Audiences (All ages admitted)

 

The film is named after the legendary band Les Petits Chats of the cherished era of the 1960s and 1970s. The six members, who are now major celebrities and musicians, are reunited to perform one last time in a night to remember in spring 2010.

Les Petits Chats film provides an insight into the lives of the former bandmates during their glory days and answers the questions evoked within each one of them by tracing their present lives and life choices since their breakup in the 80’s. The film showcases interviews with major celebrities and cinema stars at that time and nowadays including: Ezzat Abu Ouf, Omar Khairat, Sobhi Bedair, Samir Sabri and Mohamed Salmawy.

 

Please join me at thes two events, it will be fun.  

 

Monday
Sep112017

Home | Food - Talk and Film screening on 16 September 2017

Home: Food | Music | Sports is a series of upcoming events I developed and curated for the National Pavilion UAE who commissioned me to come up with a programme in the UAE that can be in dialog with the curatorial theme of its exhibition and publication Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play that is currently showing at the Venice Biennale. 


The programme I developed will be mostly in dialogue with the publication Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, which includes a series of written and visual essays by writers, curators, academics and artists. The book is available to be purchased here

The events will inlcude a series of talks and film screenings that will address how food, music and sports contribute to building a sense of home and community.

They will take place across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah between September and November 2017. The National has published a feature about this programme which you can read here.

 

 

 

The following is information about the first two events that will take place in Abu Dhabi on 16th November. Stay tuned for details about the next events about music (in Dubai) and sports (in Sharjah) which will be announced in October. 

 

Talk

Home | Food - Creating a sense of home through food  
Date: Saturday, 16th September, 3.00-4.00pm
Venue: Meylas, Al Muneera, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi
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I will be in conversation with writer and NYU Abu Dhabi Institute lecturer Deepak Unnikrishnan about creating a sense of home and community through food. Unnikrishnan's course "Steet Food" at NYU Abu Dhabi invites his students to explore the city through food. We will be talking about this and more on Saturday.

The talk will take place at Meylas, an Emirati cafe/restaurant where you will be able to order delicious tea and light snacks whilst listening to our discussion which I am looking forward to sharing with the attendees. 

The talk is free to attend and if you are on Facebook, you can RSVP here

 

 

Film Screening

Home | Food - Soul Food Stories 
Date: Saturday, 16th September, 6.00-8.00pm
Venue: Cinema Space, Manarat Al Saadiyat Auditorium, Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
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In collaboraion with Cinema Space, a screening of the documentary Soul Food Stories will take place shortly after the talk at Meylas.  The screening is free to attend, and you can RSVP here. Please note the cafe at this venue is closed, so you can bring along a small snack and drink with you if you like. 

 

Soul Food Stories
Directed by Tonislav Hristov
Bulgaria, Finland | 2013 | 69 minutes
Bulgarian | English Subtitles
Rating: [ G ] - General Audiences (All ages admitted)



Satovcha is a small Bulgarian village with 2021 residents of different religious and ethnical groups (Orthodox Bulgarians, Muslim Turks, Pomacs and Evangelist Gypsies). People were divided by their past full of conflicts, but now they have find a way to each other through a simple medium – The Food. Now the plates on the table are loaded with pride, identity, common past and friendship, but all this comes with a price. 

 

 

Hope to see you at these two events in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, 16th November.