Kuwaiti Tradition @ P2BK 5th Exhibition

This is my second post about P2BK. In the expo, the traditional factor was always present. Whether in the modern creative pieces of art and clothing, or in the music and dances. However, this booth was special because they encourage Kuwaiti youth to document their identity through art.

All Kuwaiti hand made.

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FA Gallery P2BK 5th Exhibition

This photo is by :buzberry

I went to the opening of the 5th P2BK exhibition and I`m glad that I did. I enjoyed almost every booth there and tried to update my head with so many creative things that are happening in Kuwait and the Gulf region. I will not make a whole post about it nor I will write about every single thing I saw there (impossible!) but I will share with you what I thought was unique, impressive and worth knowing about.

I started of course in FA Gallery booth as I can smell a painting from distance.

Beautiful work of art by:

Mohammad Sharaf 

1- That’s How We Watch the World – Silk Screen on Craft Paper

2- Prison Wont Keep Me Silent – Silk Screen on Craft Paper

Talal al-Maiaan – Digital Print on Canvas

I love his work, especially that it has calligraphy.

A beautiful one with calligraphy and Islamic patterns. The color is so deep that it made me mesmerized. It’s like it has no end.

Those ones are also by the same artist. I love the colors, the famous old Arab characters and the calligraphy. Such paintings would definitely look good in a modern style living room.

You can check FA Gallery facebook page here for more information about their events and expos.

P2BK Expo to be continued…

The Journy of Falcons: A celebration of patriotism in art

Twenty-one falcons were created and designed by love. And twenty-one years separate us from the liberation day. Beautiful and innovative ideas were used to show the heritage of a country on the skin of a huge falcon. Companies, schools, institutions and artists worked creatively on those falcons, to show what Kuwait resembles for them. Each falcon has a name, and a story behind him. The 21 falcons were shown in public in 360 mall, and now they are designing the entrance of P2BK Exhibition. The falcons are going to be for sale and the money will benefit the participating institutions and other charity works. P2BK have also organized a photography contest based on those falcons.

P.S Thanks to my friend Froyonation for most of the pictures (the good ones of course) as my battery died that evening.

I’ll leave you to enjoy the beautiful work of art.

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On why I love Kuwait

Waking up this morning, trying to shoo all the bad ideas of the things that are happening around the world. Just trying to think about the present and where I am. And why I consider myself lucky for ever living in this country.

If you have ever lived in Kuwait, you would know what it is to be like always looking up for the future, trying to make things better. If you have ever lived in Kuwait, you would know what it is like for a country that is doing its best to assure its people the best opportunities in the world.

I love Kuwait because it’s cosmopolitan, yet traditional. It have never lost its sense of heritage and antiquity. I love Kuwait because I can have waffle for breakfast, Machboos for lunch, and Kabab and fattoush for dinner.I love Kuwait because one piece of news can be in everyone’s mouth for less than two hours. I love Kuwait because whenever you needed a time for yourself, you can always head to the maximum 30 minutes away beach or desert. I love Kuwait because everyday there is something new and exciting going on.

I love Kuwait because if you talk about your childhood memories in this country, 7/10 people from the same age group  would have the same memories with you. I was born in 1990, if you are in a similar age, who have never played in Future Kids games arcade in Muthanna Complex in Kuwait city? Who have never sat on the fake turtles next to the Green Island? Who have never collected McDonalds toys that are so different from today’s and played in their play ground in gulf street branch?

I know if I started talking I’d never finish. I’ll stop and make you finish, whether here or in your heads.

All I wish for this day, now while the rain is falling, is for every Kuwaiti Citizen to think twice of what they got. To grab in their hands all the opportunities their country is providing them, and never take it for granted.

Forever peaceful, and forever unique.

To you Kuwait

Halloum

Tuqous Wahshiya By Ali Al- Husaini at al-Maidan Cultural Center مسرحية طقوس وحشية للمخرج علي الحسيني

I went with my sister yesterday to al- Maidan Cultural Center to watch “Tuqous Wahshiya” in English “Brutal Rituals” by the writer Qasem Matroud and the director Ali al-Husaini.

The play isn’t very easy to understand unless you are focusing and connecting the words uttered on the stage. (Yes, it took me time to grasp the idea) The 50 minutes play is about a man who had suffered from really bad childhood experiences. And now he is having pleasure in torturing the nurse who he thinks she killed his wife in the hospital. He pretends to be her protector from an expected serial killer who she thinks he’s after her. The man puts her under horrible psychological and physical experiences before committing his crime.

What I liked mostly about this play is that the language used was classical Arabic. The lights and the theatrical effects were also perfectly conducted. Faisal al-Omairi, who played the role of the disturbed man, had a really good voice, body language, and a convincing tone. Similarly to Hanan al-Mahdi, who did a great job in her role as a nurse. She perfectly fits the role. Her expressions were realistic and convincing as well. The third actor was Essa Zeiab who was either the evil spirit of the man or his projections from the past (I really couldn’t get this one straight)

I believe that the play was right to the point, very effective in the way its delivering the message to the audience, and full of realistic emotions.

Piano Carnival by Rybak and Royanov @DAI

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough not to miss the Piano Carnival that was held at Al-Maidan Cultural Center. The pianists were Bartek Rybak and Ilgiz Royanov.

The program consisted of

  • Fryderyk Chopin – Rondo in C Major Op. 73
  • Camille Saint- Saens – The Carnival of Animals
  • Darius Milhaud – Scaramouche Op. 165b.

You may think I`m so ignorant but it was my first time to know that there was something called ‘The Carnival of animals” it was so amazing I felt as if I`m in a jungle, and the two pianists played it perfectly with their hearts as u can see their facial expressions that chance with the change of the parts. The carnival of animals consist of 14 parts, my favorite was the Royal March of the lion, the elephant, and the aquarium.

You can enjoy the youtube video below like I did for the last several days. I was playing it since I got back from that piano concert.

How I Learned to Stop Fearing and Love Exotic Art @ CAP

I posted about that earlier and I was dying to go there! I finally found sometime to go and check it out. In a nutshell, it’s magnificent! It was nearly empty so I enjoyed having a long detailed look in each one of the pieces, I love Arabic calligraphy so I was in heaven.

Our cow doesn’t milk but pisses plently, 2010. Embroidery (120 x162) By: Iman Raad

There are 3 pieces from this work in three different colors. I liked it since I like embroidery, but I didn’t like that there are 3 pieces of it. One would make it more unique and special.

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Kuwaiti Nihma with Spanish Flamenco @ DAI

Amazing music night at al-Maidan Cultural Center by Hamad al-Ammari, Mohammed al-Ghareeb and Hassan Juma.

I`m not a fan of Spanish music, but that night was absolutely different.  The music, the body language, and the harmony between the three musicians is unbelievable. The spirit on that theater was very positive and energetic. The only thing I was sorry for that there was no dance floor!