ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Culture concluded its ‘Reading Marathon’ initiative with a record 606,000 pages read. The six-week event witnessed an unprecedented participation of readers from all segments of society. Launched in late April, the ministry’s initiative comes as part of its ‘Culture in Quarantine’ project, aimed at raising awareness about … Continue reading Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Arabia Is Launching An Art Residency Programme For Emerging Artists

JEDDAH – Jeddah Historical District will soon be home  to Art Residency Albalad, a six-week-long programme for which seven participants have been sought out, marking the pilot of a five-cycle-long initiative announced by the Saudi Ministry of Culture. The final shortlist of applicants will be carved down to five artists, one writer and one curator. … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Arabia Is Launching An Art Residency Programme For Emerging Artists

ARTS & CULTURE | France’s Louvre Museum To Reopen July 6, Versailles June 6

PARIS | FRANCE – The Louvre museum in Paris will reopen on July 6, it said on Friday, as France’s historical and cultural sites emerge gradually from the coronavirus lockdown. In a statement, France’s most visited museum said a booking system and new signposting would offer visitors the maximum possible safety while they are in … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | France’s Louvre Museum To Reopen July 6, Versailles June 6

ARTS & CULTURE | Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre Launches Remote Guided Cultural Tours

ABU DHABI – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre launched remote cultural tours at the mosque in line with precautionary measures taken in the UAE to protect the society, following the spread of the coronavirus. The leading global cultural destination annually receives over 6 million worshippers and visitors of various cultures all across the globe. All … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre Launches Remote Guided Cultural Tours

ARTS & CULTURE |Invader’s ‘Rubik Mona Lisa’ Beats Estimate At Paris Auction

PARIS | FRANCE – – A French street artist’s interpretation of the Mona Lisa made of 330 Rubik’s Cubes sold for 480,200 euros on Sunday at a modern art auction in Paris, well above presale estimates of up to 150,000 euros, organizers Artcurial said. The 2005 artwork by anonymous street artist Invader uses the plastic … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE |Invader’s ‘Rubik Mona Lisa’ Beats Estimate At Paris Auction

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Red Sea Film Festival Unveils Official Poster

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – – The Red Sea International Festival on Monday unveiled the official poster of its inaugural edition, which will begin on March 12. The 10 – day event will feature a number of local and regional movies. The official poster features an image of Saudi ballerina Samira Al-Khamis emerging from the … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Red Sea Film Festival Unveils Official Poster

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

The Cannes Film Festival won’t take place in June, after all, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organizers continue to explore different options for 2020. ‘Following the French President’s statement, on Monday, April 13th, we acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

ENTERTAINMENT | ‘Mulan’ Star Stuns In Elie Saab Gown Yet Again

RIYADH – Shortly after ‘Mulan’ lead star Liu Yifei stunned in an Elie Saab princess gown at the global premiere of Disney’s latest live-action remake in Los Angeles last week, the Chinese actress delivered another head-turning style moment wearing the Lebanese couturier. This weekend, Yifei attended the London premiere of the film in Leicester Square … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | ‘Mulan’ Star Stuns In Elie Saab Gown Yet Again

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Mulan Star Liu Yifei Stuns In A Show-Stopping Elie Saab Gown

RIYADH – With every live-action remake of a Disney classic, the world gets another real-life princess. After Lily James and Noami Scott, this time is was Liu Yifei, the star of Disney’s upcoming Mulan, that dazzled on the red carpet with her fashion choices. Wearing a magnificent dress from Elie Saab’s Fall/Winter 2019 haute couture … Continue reading ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Mulan Star Liu Yifei Stuns In A Show-Stopping Elie Saab Gown

FASHION | Jessica Chastain Turns To Lebanese Designers For ‘It’ Premieres

Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain, who star in ‘It Chapter Two’ has taken to Red Carpet premiers of the movie around the world in an array of Lebanese-designed gown. The star showed off an emerald green ballgown by Zuhair Murad at the Los Angeles premiere of the film last week and took the European premiere of … Continue reading FASHION | Jessica Chastain Turns To Lebanese Designers For ‘It’ Premieres

FASHION | Arab Designers Spice Up Venice Film Festival

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA –  Stars across the world have turned to Arab designers for their red carpet appearance at the ongoing Venice Film Festival. From Romanian actress and model Madalina Dina Ghenea to Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, the international film industry’s leading ladies have been showing off a number of glittering ensembles from regional designers … Continue reading FASHION | Arab Designers Spice Up Venice Film Festival

FASHION | Saudi Designer Yousef Akbar Wins Competition To Debut At Fashion Forward Dubai

MILAN | ITALY – – Saudi-born designer, Yousef Akbar, was selected out of 170 competitors to participate in Fashion Forward Dubai’s (FFWD) 2020 edition in April, the UAE-based initiative announced. The competition, which he won, was by ‘Not Just a Label’ – a community that helps give emerging talent an easily accessible network and retailing … Continue reading FASHION | Saudi Designer Yousef Akbar Wins Competition To Debut At Fashion Forward Dubai

FASHION | Lebanese Designers Fight Coronavirus With Fashion Face Masks

BEIRUT | LEBANON – Beirut-based designer Bokja specialized in making upholstered furniture with vintage fabric but the studio’s workers now dedicate their time to sewing colourful silk face masks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Profits from the masks, costing about $35, go to nurses on the frontline of Lebanon’s fight against the … Continue reading FASHION | Lebanese Designers Fight Coronavirus With Fashion Face Masks

FASHION | Paris To Hold Men’s Fashion Week In Virtual Format July 9-13 – Statement

PARIS| FRANCE – Paris will hold a men’s fashion week in virtual format from July 9 to July 13 for the Men Spring/Summer collection 2021, organizer said on Wednesday. ‘This event will be structured around a dedicated platform’, the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode said in a statement. ‘Each house will … Continue reading FASHION | Paris To Hold Men’s Fashion Week In Virtual Format July 9-13 – Statement

FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Celebrities from all over the Arab flew to Abu Dhabi for the launch of Bulgari’s new Jannah Collection. The glorious high jewelry designs unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi are the results an unprecedented collaboration between the Italian house and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member  of the ruling UAE … Continue reading FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

BUSINESS | Louis Vuitton Launches First Online Store In United Arab Emirates

French luxury brand Louis Vuitton has launched its first-ever online store in the United Arab Emirates. The e-commerce platform, accessible on louisvuitton.ae has launched with a range of ready-to-wear for both men and women, leather goods, footwear, accessories, watches, jewelry, luggage and fragrances available to shop in both Arabic and English. The storied Parisian maison … Continue reading BUSINESS | Louis Vuitton Launches First Online Store In United Arab Emirates

ART & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Agreements Inked To Set Up Innovative Media City In Riyadh

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – – Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah Bin Farhan signed on Tuesday a number of agreements to set up an ambitious Media City project in the Kingdom. The deals cover cultural, media and technical aspects of the city, which will serve as a unique global destination. The … Continue reading ART & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Agreements Inked To Set Up Innovative Media City In Riyadh

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Will Soon Release A New Documentary On Michelle Obama

Netflix and Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company have announced a new original documentary: Becoming, following the former first lady as she goes on a 34-city tour to promote her bestselling memoir of the same name. the wait isn’t too long as Netflix plans to launch Becoming in just over a week, on May 6. … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Will Soon Release A New Documentary On Michelle Obama

ARTS & CULTURE | Louvre Abu Dhabi Brings New Digital Experiences To Audiences At Home

ABU DHABI – Louvre Abu Dhabi announced on Monday that it is adding to its current digital offering, providing free access to more content through virtual tours, video and downloadable activities. This development brings Louvre Abu Dhabi’s stories of cultural connection – – of its artworks and exhibitions – – to audience around the world, … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Louvre Abu Dhabi Brings New Digital Experiences To Audiences At Home

MUSIC FOR HOPE | How Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Live – Stream Became An Unexpected Global Blockbuster

When Andrea Bocelli’s Easter performance at Duomo di Milan was first conceived, it was being thought of primarily as a local event – or localized to Italy, at least. The live-stream’s instigator, the mayor of Milan, came up with the idea the intention of uplifting his home country, the one hardest hit in some of … Continue reading MUSIC FOR HOPE | How Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Live – Stream Became An Unexpected Global Blockbuster

ENTERTAINMENT | Kylie Jenner Is Not A Billionaire, Forbes Magazine Now Say

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Forbes magazine, which in March 2019 declared reality TV star Kylie Jenner had become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, said on Friday that is no longer believed that her net worth was that much. The magazine said it reviewed financial data released by Coty INC, which bought a 51 percent … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Kylie Jenner Is Not A Billionaire, Forbes Magazine Now Say

ENTERTAINMENT | Nicole Kidman Has Purchased Rights To Another Laine Moriarty Book That Sounds Even Better Than Big Little Lies

MILAN – Hulu’s limited TV series adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s book, Nine Perfect Strangers, is taking shape with a number of key cast members on board, Deadline reports. Nicole Kidman and Gilmore Girls alum Melissa McCarthy are set to star along with The Good Place’s Many Jacinto. Kidman will take on the role of Masha … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Nicole Kidman Has Purchased Rights To Another Laine Moriarty Book That Sounds Even Better Than Big Little Lies

ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

MILAN | ITALY – Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have not yet publicly confirmed the reports that they’re expecting their first child together, but Gigi’s mom, Yolanda, has spoken up. She recently gave an interview to the Dutch celebrity new television show, RTL Boulevard, and confirmed that she’ll be a grandmother, telling the outlet, ‘Still … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Coachella Will Be Postponed Because Of Coronavirus Concerns, Sources Say

LOS ANGELES | One of music’s largest event will be delayed over coronavirus concerns. The Coachella Vally Music and Arts Festival organizers will postpone the event, potentially until October, two sources with knowledge of matter tell CNN. The festival, which typically attracts about 100,000 attendees per day, had been set to take place on two … Continue reading ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Coachella Will Be Postponed Because Of Coronavirus Concerns, Sources Say

KSA| The Saudi Ministry of Culture will launch 11 independent arts and culture organization this year as part of a restructuring of the Kingdom’s cultural sector in line with Vision 2030 reforms.

The Saudi Ministry of Culture will launch 11 independent arts and culture organization this year as part of a restructuring of the Kingdom’s  cultural sector in line with Vision 2030 reforms. A ministry spokesperson, Abdulkareem Al-Hameed, said the new cultural units will oversee museums, movies and visual shows, libraries, fashion, music, heritage, literature and publication, … Continue reading KSA| The Saudi Ministry of Culture will launch 11 independent arts and culture organization this year as part of a restructuring of the Kingdom’s cultural sector in line with Vision 2030 reforms.

ENTERTAINMENT | SXSW Canceled As Tech And Entertainment World Faces

BUCHAREST – The South by Southwest music, technology and film festival in Austin, Texas, was canceled on Friday, adding a growing list of events being suspended around the world over concerns about the spreading coronavirus outbreak. Known as SXSW, the annual showcase of pop culture had been scheduled to run March 13 to 22. Organizers … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | SXSW Canceled As Tech And Entertainment World Faces

ENTERTIANMENT & ARTS | Enrique Iglesias And Ricky Martin Announce Joint 2020 Tour

LOS ANGELES – Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias will embark on an a North American tour together in 2020. The Latin singers held  a press conference for the join tour at The London West Hollywood hotel on Wednesday, and announced the news for their fans on Instagram. ‘I am so excited to announce my 2020 … Continue reading ENTERTIANMENT & ARTS | Enrique Iglesias And Ricky Martin Announce Joint 2020 Tour

ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Slowing Down In Europe To Save Internet From Crashing As Coronavirus Ramp Up At-Home Streaming

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The coronavirus has left millions around the globe staying indoors to self-quarantine, of course leading to a major spike in at-home viewing on streaming services as Netflix. Now, after European Commissioner Thierry Breton revealed that he’s been in talks with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings about the importance of reducing high-definition … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Slowing Down In Europe To Save Internet From Crashing As Coronavirus Ramp Up At-Home Streaming

ENTERTAINMENT | Friends Reunion Confirmed At HBO Max: ‘It’s Happening’

The one where it’s all happening! A ‘Friends’ reunion starring Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Parry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlank is official happening, HBO Max confirmed Friday. ‘The one where they got back together’, HBO Max posted in an Instagram Story. ‘The Friends cast set to reunite for exclusive HBO Max special … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Friends Reunion Confirmed At HBO Max: ‘It’s Happening’

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | ‘No Time To Die’ Was The First Major Film To Delay Its Release Due To Coronavirus

‘No Time To Die’, the latest James Bond film, was the first major Hollywood film the shift its opening because of coronavirus. It may not be the last. The outbreak, which has caused more than 3,000 deaths worldwide, the majority in Asia, has disrupted the global theater marketplace. It’s forced the closure of theaters in … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | ‘No Time To Die’ Was The First Major Film To Delay Its Release Due To Coronavirus

CELEBRITY NEWS | Kaia Gerber Says Her Generation ‘Won’t Be Silenced By Anyone’

Model Kaia Gerber said in a new interview with Vogue that members of her generation are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to politics. ‘With all the information that’s out there, we can’t claim ignorance anymore’, Gerber, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, said. ‘My generation sees it as their duty to … Continue reading CELEBRITY NEWS | Kaia Gerber Says Her Generation ‘Won’t Be Silenced By Anyone’

SPORTS NEWS | F1 Set For A Series Of Firsts With Revised Race Calendar

LONDON – Formula One is set for a series of firsts after publishing a revised eight – race schedule on Tuesday that will see Austria’s Red Bull Ring and Britian’s Silverstone circuit each host two grands prix without spectators in July and August respectively. The season, which originally envisaged a record 22 races, has been … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | F1 Set For A Series Of Firsts With Revised Race Calendar

SPORTS NEWS | Soccer: European Season Will Finish In August, Says UEFA President

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA –  UEFA has a plan to finish the 2019-2020 season by August, including the Champions League and European League campaigns, the European soccer governing body’s president Aleksander Ceferin has said. The majority of European league seasons were suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic but a few leagues have announced plans … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | Soccer: European Season Will Finish In August, Says UEFA President

BUSINESS NEWS | Serie A TV Rights Holders Freeze Payment Amid Virus Uncertainty

MILAN – The companies holding the broadcasting rights to Italy’s top-flight Serie A soccer championship, including Comcast’s Unit SKY, have not paid the last installment of the 2019/2020 season, which has been halted due to the coronavirus outbreak, three sources familiar with the matter said. Serie A was suspended on March 9 and the league … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Serie A TV Rights Holders Freeze Payment Amid Virus Uncertainty