Music

From Andalusia with love

Faraj Abyad is an interesting performer. He’s a Syrian-American composer, singer and a multi-instrumentalist, brought up in the States and living in New York City. He specialises in writing and performing music in a distinctive Arabic tradition – albeit one [ … ]

Art

The Dubai Collection gets an airing

The Dubai Collection, the loaned collection of modern and contemporary art for the emirate of Dubai, has announced a series of events under the title Dubai Collection Nights. It’s due to become an annual week-long diary date, with its first [ … ]

Art

What does ‘Arabic art’ mean?

One of the functions of art, and particularly of art exhibitions, and most especially of not-for-profit exhibitions that carry an explicit theme, is to encourage reflection. Yes, there should be a visceral, personal reaction: at its best, the art will [ … ]

Award

Six for IPAF shortlist

A shortlist of six novels has been named for the 16th International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Each of the authors gets $10,000, with the winner – to be announced in Abu Dhabi on 21 May – receiving an additional $50,000. There [ … ]