Inside Indie: 08/05/2021

Welcome to the latest edition of Inside Indie!

Here’s a quick roundup:

Concert featuring Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez’s hologram to be part of Eid Al Fitr 2021 festivities

2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist announced

ADNOC launches Art Awards in celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee

Concert featuring Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez’s hologram to be part of Eid Al Fitr 2021 festivities

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Egyptian crooner Abdel Halim Hafez fans, rejoice! A unique concert experience is heading your way as part of Dubai’s Eid festivities.

A painstakingly recreated hologram of Hafez was built from scratch with technicians studying hundreds of hours of concert performances, in addition to extensive consultations with family members and professional associates. It will be accompanied by a live orchestra that aims to enhance concert-goers’ senses.

It’s the second time the hologram will be featured in a concert – the first time was a debut concert at the Baron Empain Palace in Cairo, Egypt.

Two performances will take place on May 13 and 14 with tickets starting from Dh 350 at

2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist announced

Works by two British authors, two Americans, one from Barbados and one Ghanaian-American writer make up the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, with the winner to be announced on July 7.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief–a novel about faith, science, religion, love.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones is an intimate and visceral portrayal of interconnected lives, across race and class, in a rapidly changing resort town in Barbados.

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood is a furiously original novel, alive and unstable; the book builds to a reminder of how devastation and connection produce each other, endlessly and surprisingly, both on the internet and in human places that our shared digital consciousness can never reach.

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller is a tale of sacrifice and hope, of homelessness and hardship, of love and survival, in which two marginalized and remarkable people uncover long-held family secrets and, in their own way, repair, recover, and begin again.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke is a literary page-turner set an alternate reality. It’s about a man, Piranesi, living in a grand labyrinth that is filled with statues, beset by floods and surrounded by celestial objects.

The Women’s Prize Trust is a registered charity promoting female writers on a global stage. It empowers all women to raise their voices and own their stories, shining a spotlight on outstanding and ambitious fiction by women from anywhere in the world, regardless of their age, race, nationality or background.

It displays the very best writing by women through the prize, which is one of the most respected, celebrated and successful literary awards in the world.

The charity’s programmes support aspiring writers with mentoring, tools and advice.

ADNOC launches Art Awards in celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee

UAE artists! Here’s your chance to have your artwork permanently displayed in the ADNOC campus for everyone to see!

The ADNOC Art Awards was launched as part of the country’s Golden Jubilee celebrations and invites artists to express their vision for the UAE’s future while showcasing the UAE’s journey of progress and development.

Artists, both professional and aspiring, aged 18 and upwards must submit their entries by June 20, 2021 for the opportunity to be selected by a panel of judges. The top five winning artists will receive an AED 50,000 cash prize.

To learn more, please click here

Upcoming Events

‘Abstraction and Calligraphy – Towards a Universal Language’. Louvre Abu Dhabi, until June 12. Tickets required.

This exhibition is showcasing 101 artworks from 16 partner institution collections, including Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Among the works on display are pieces by Dia Azzawi, Mona Hatoum, Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lee Krasner, André Masson, Jackson Pollock, Anwar Jalal Shemza, and Cy Twombly, many for the first time in the region. It also includes two original artworks by contemporary artists eL Seed and Sanki King.

Ramadan at MAS. Manarat Al Saadiyat. April 15 – May 12. 10am – 11pm. Passes available at Virgin Megastore.

Manarat Al Saadiyat is offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to flex their creativity this Ramadan with a series of exhibitions, events, workshops, and more.

Another Way Film Festival on Sustainable Progress. Cinema Akil in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy to the UAE. May 14 – 20, Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai. Booking required.

Another Way Film Festival (AWFF) is an essential meeting for culture and sustainability through powerful documentaries in feature-length and short form. Its objective is to publicise documentaries that have been selected for their quality and content, based on the three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental and financial.

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