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How will Egypt be affected by the coming of cinema to Saudi Arabia?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The launching of the first cinematic show in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after more than a 35-year-gap, opens a new and important door to the Egyptian and Arab cinema industry. This step, which some considered necessary, should create for the Egyptian film in the coming period, an important new market. Critic Tariq Al-Shennawi confirmed to Al Arabiya that the return of cinemas in Saudi Arabia will have a positive impact on the level of productions in Arab cinema, in addition to the positive ...

Top DJ Avicii dead at 28 in Oman

Friday, 20 April 2018

Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28. Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the Swedish performer, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman. "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," the statement read. "The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please ...

Natalie Portman backs out of Jewish prize over ‘recent events’ in Israel

Friday, 20 April 2018

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has cancelled her participation in a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million (1.6 million euro) prize, saying she was troubled by “recent events” in Israel, organizers said. The Genesis prize, launched in 2013, is awarded to “extraordinary individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews,” according to their website. Recipients contribute their winnings to causes of their choice. The prize ...

Backstreet Boys hit Dubai stage as some popular nineties songs turn 20 this year

Friday, 20 April 2018

Backstreet’s back, alright. Following their first appearance in Dubai in 2008, the boys are returning – now as their original fivesome – for a sold-out appearance at the Blended Festival on 22 April. Tickets for this show have been like gold dust… in fact, they’re so hard to find that people on social media are still scrambling to find tickets.There’s just something about 90s nostalgia that seems to get people going these days. It was a simpler time… ...

Turkish fashion industry begins to flourish, opens up to transgender community

Friday, 20 April 2018

For decades, Turkey has been able to establish itself in the fashion industry and has become a major global force. For many years, Western fashion designers such have focused on the east to inspire and design their clothes in an attempt to achieve a challenging balance in their products by offering high quality at affordable prices. Turkey, which has a population of nearly 80 million, is a major focus for these brands as well. But one major twist in the Turkish fashion market is that ...

EXCLUSIVE: Jack Lang recalls the ‘great joy’ of the Paris student uprising

Friday, 20 April 2018

“I was preparing to appear in a French national level competitive examination to become a Lecturer in Law in 1968 when the student revolution happened in Paris. I was active and got caught up in that.” “It was a period of great joy,” says Jack Lang, France’s longest-running Minister of Culture and later Minister of Education, to Al Arabiya English. In the Arab world, Lang is a familiar personality as former minister of Culture and President of the Paris-based Arab ...

DIFF says it will hold Dubai Film Festival every two years

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Dubai international Film festival announced, on Wednesday, that its coming 15th session will take place in 2019, and every two years. The organizers of the annual reputed regional film festival held in the UAE’s city of Dubai, said on their official Facebook page that they are adopting a new approach in the light of the rapid changes in the film industry. The statement said: “The industry is changing fast, and so are we. The organizers of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will ...

Riyadh sees historic launch of first public cinema hall in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Development and Investment Entertainment Company (DIEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), on Wednesday oversaw the historic launch of the Kingdom’s first public cinema in collaboration with AMC Entertainment at a newly set up cinema complex at King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh. DIEC and AMC Entertainment commemorated the historic moment with a gala event hosting prominent local and international guests. Following the formal ...

VIDEO: Saudi women directors excited about cinema coming to the kingdom

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Saudi women film directors expressed their excitement over the announcement that cinema is finally coming to Saudi Arabia. Saudi women filmmakers Hajar al-Naim and Hanaa Saleh al-Fassi spoke to Al Arabiya at Dubai International Film Festival about how the decision reflects the new open-to-the-world approach Saudi Arabia is embracing. “We are changing because we are open to other cultures and perspectives,” said al-Naim. The Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information stated, on Monday, ...

VIDEO: Meet the Indian artist who creates portraits using human hair

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A young Indian has come up with a unique raw material to make pieces of art – the human hair. Twenty-three-year-old Midhun RR is an architecture student in south Indian state of Kerala. He has done portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. According to him, hair is not an easy medium to work with and the process needs patience and precision. Chemical treatment Midhun cuts the strands into required lengths and then treats them chemically. He started doing hair art a year ...

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