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  • Aug04

    UAE’s Laughter Factory announces August line-up of acts

      published   15 days   1 hour   15 minutes   ago.

    There’s nothing quite like a good laugh to beat the COVID-19 blues and The Laughter Factory is here to help. In their quest to “save the world from sadness,” the UAE comedy club has announced the line-up for its August stand-up tour. This comes after a sold-out tour in July. See also Emmys 2020: Biggest snubs and surprises from the nominations 15 audiobooks to keep you company this long weekend Photos: Ominous whipped cream art comes to London's Trafalgar Square ChinaJoy: Gamers and cosplayers flock to Asia's biggest game event Emerging Canadian star Dana Alexander, who has been described as ‘smart, irreverent and revolutionary', will bring her unique brand of humour to the stage. Alexander, who started doing stand-up at the age of 18, made her TV debut on ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’. Next on the bill is Scottish comedian Leo Kearse, who performed in 20 countries in 2019. He’s known for his raw, bold, American-inspired comedy that has taken the big UK clubs by storm. He even had a viral moment with a video called ‘Extinction Rebellion’ that slammed “woke lefties” Leo Kearse. Image Credit: Supplied British comic Eddy Brimson will be making his Laughter Factory debut (but it’s not his first time in Dubai). Brimson is known for his headline acts all over the world. Shows start at 8.30pm and tickets are priced from Dh160. Social distancing requirements will be followed at the venues. Eddy Brimson. Image Credit: Supplied When and where? Movenpick JBR: August 6 and 7 Zabeel House, by Jumeriah The Greens: August 12 Grand Millennium Barsha Heights: August 13 and 14

  • Jul13

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to return in 2021

      published   6 days   53 minutes   ago.

    Book lovers in the UAE can look forward to the return of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature next year in a fresh format that will include online streaming. Emirates Literature Foundation announced that the popular annual event that celebrates the written word and authors will take place from February 4-6, 2021. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has been conducting live digital events, which have reached more than 7,500 people in 63 countries in the last two months, and more than 75,000 with its recently released recorded content. “Like most other organisations, the move towards remote working was new territory for us and we wondered how we could reshape ourselves to provide the same inspirational experiences in these strange times,” said Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation, in a statement. “The team has adapted brilliantly to the new ways of working and unfamiliar technologies, and in fact the impact of our online sessions has far exceeded our expectations... We are confident in being able to deliver a festival next year, though in a more blended format — a mix of live physical events, probably staged outdoors, and online streaming.” One of the online initiatives included the Literary Conversations Across Borders series. Delivered in partnership with the Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy, it hosts Emirati writers and commentators in live discussions with experts from around the world on a variety of important topics. More details on the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2021 will be announced soon on www.emirateslitfest.com

  • Jul23

    Salman Zaiman: Iconic singer and composer loses battle with leukemia, was just 66

      published   26 days   19 hours   37 minutes   ago.

    Manama: Salman Zaiman, one of the Arabian Gulf’s best-known artists, has died following a battle with leukemia. He was 66. His songs focused on national and pan-Arab issues and he often spoke with pride of his support for the Palestinian cause. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, the President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), paid her respects. “The Bahraini art scene has lost an artist who loved the stage with vibrating passion and offered his soul selflessly for his passion and for art,” she said.  “He was able to withhold all forms of onslaughts to assert that art is the language of love and triumph. The late artist has left an indelible mark on the local songs and he had a commendable role in building generations of music lovers and song fans,” she added. Born in Muharraq, Bahrain’s second largest island, Zaiman attended elementary and intermediate schools there. He later worked as a designer at the Ministry of Works. He went on to the Iraqi capital Baghdad where he took up mechanical engineering at university. Back in Bahrain, he took up a position at Asry, a ship-repairing yard. He decided to switch his career from engineering to arts and left for Kuwait where he lived for several years. He taught music for 20 years until 2010 and helped several students master the skill of playing instruments. He also partnered with several singers, composing many of their songs. Zaiman also formed with his sisters Ajras, a successful troupe that performed across the Gulf and in many Arab countries. Some of his best-known compositions were Why, Life?, You Are My Dream, The Best Evening, The Eid Has Arrived, Memories, Between Lovers and Love Has Its Secrets.

  • Aug14

    Alicia Keys teams up with Khalid for 'So Done'

      published   5 days   1 hour   14 minutes   ago.

    New Delhi: Musicians Alicia Keys and Khalid have teamed up for a new collaboration 'So Done'. The duo dropped in the official music video on Friday. The 'Underdog' singer, Keys, unveiled the collaborative music video on Instagram and wrote: "#SoDone with my brother @thegr8khalid is OUT NOW!!! The wait is over. Get lost with us and play this thing on repeat bc it's a zoneeee." 'So Done' takes up on a theme of freedom and independence and loosening up oneself to do what they wish. In the four-minute and 10-seconds long video, the musicians are seen as stage artists crooning to the song at a party. American actor Sasha Lane is also featured in the song, as a girl who is completely lost, and someone who cannot get along with her peers who are having fun, partying and taking selfies. The video takes an upbeat when a group of bikers bust at the party. Lane gets fascinated by them and leaves behind her friends to join the bikers, following her heart. The song takes up a moody vibe, supported by slow-catchy beats as musicians add their signature flavours.

  • Jul19

    COVID-19: Kapil Sharma resumes shooting

      published   6 hours   29 minutes   ago.

    Comedian Kapil Sharma has resumed shooting for his popular comedy show after spending 125 days at home owing to the lockdown. Taking to Instagram Stories, Sharma posted a few videos of his co-stars arriving at the sets of ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Taking all precautions. #Staysafe #Staysanitised,” Sharma captioned one of the videos, featuring Sumona Chakravarti. In another clip, we can see comedian Bharti Singh being sanitised while entering the shooting premises. Her body temperature was also tested. Reportedly, actor Sonu Sood will be the first celebrity to shoot for Sharma’s show amid pandemic.

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