Inside Indie: 19/06/2021

This week’s Inside Indie‘s filled with a lot of exciting news, from a debut LP to open calls for artists to a virtual film festival and so much more!

Here we go:

Sharjah Art Announces Open Calls and Opportunities For Artists and Art Practitioners

Virtual Emirati Film Week to highlight seven must-see films by directors who are either from the UAE or live in the country

Palestinian singer Bashar Murad releases debut EP ‘Maskhara’ about Palestinian life

Sharjah Art Announces Open Calls and Opportunities For Artists and Art Practitioners

The Sharjah Art Foundation has announced the latest line-up of open calls, grants, residencies and fellowships suitable for artists and art practitioners based in the UAE and beyond.

Among the available opportunities are Warehouse421’s Artistic Research Grant, which is open to local and regional early-to-mid-career creative practitioners (deadline: June 26), Amman International Film Festival: Open Call to Submit Films, the film festival is seeking sumbissions by emerging filmmakers (deadline: June 28), and more.

Full details can be found here – good luck!

Virtual Emirati Film Week to highlight seven must-see films by directors who are either from the UAE or live in the country

The Virtual Emirati Film Week has officially kicked off! The unique virtual event is highlighting seven fims by Emirati directors as well as those living in the UAE, and is presented as part of the UAE-Korea Cultural Dialogue, an initiative that began in 2020 and is aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.

Film lovers can explore three feature films and four shorts that are being screened on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, who are co-organising the festival with South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, until June 24. The online event is held in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Twofour54, Korean-Arab Society and the Korean Cultural Centre.

Palestinian singer Bashar Murad releases debut EP ‘Maskhara’ about Palestinian life

Image credit: Fadi Dahabreh via The National UAE

Palestinian singer Bashar Murad has had plenty of material to draw from for his debut EP Maskhara, a collection of four songs inspired by the Palestinian struggle and his hometown of Sheikh Jarrah.

Murad’s talent has already been spotted internationally, leading to a collaboration with Icelandic metal band, Hatari, as well as adding his touch to Coldplay’s single Orphans, a track from their regionally inspired album Everyday Life.

The songs are packed with a double whammy of infectious beats and philosophical messages that are sure to leave listeners wanting more.

Take a listen:

Upcoming Events

It Ain’t Where You From Film, Subbak Festival 2021, June 20 to July 17, free screening on the Shubbak Festival Facebook, Registration required

Co-commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and Shubbak Festival 2021, It Ain’t Where You From captures the melting pot of Gulf cities. Each artist has a personal history, each is struggling to find their way. We get to know what it takes to follow their passions and how Hip Hop gives voice to a third culture generation.

It is an offshoot of The Main Circle: 7.83 by director and filmmaker, Philip Rachid, an enthralling and empowering transmedia documentary performance that explores the perception of B-Boy culture across Middle Eastern cultures and traditions, commissioned by The Arts Center.

‘Mawhibaty From Home’ 2020/2021 student exhibition, Gallery A, Manarat Al Saadiyat, June 26

A celebration of Abu Dhabi based student talent, the ‘Mawhibaty From Home’ 2020/2021 exhibition is a showcase presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge. Open daily from 10:00 AM till 8:00 PM.

“Cinem’Art”: Emotions in Cinema, film screenings at Louvre Abu Dhabi, 19 June, 26 June and 3 July. Free entry, booking required.

Inspired by the new Children’s Museum exhibition Emotions! The new art adventure at Louvre Abu Dhabi, children and families are invited to watch a series of enchanting films in the museum’s auditorium. On three successive Saturdays (19 June, 26 June and 3 July), there be a screening of five short films on a loop followed by a different feature film. Complementing the exhibition, each film shows how, young or old, a deeper connection to our feelings can help us navigate the world.

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