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This Song is Called Ragged by Jonathan BouletPosted in Music Monday, The Symphony Style File on: 30/04/2012
We are getting excited for summer adventures and dreamy vacations – ‘This song is called ragged’ by Jonathan Boulet is so summery and puts a spring in our step. What do you think?
This is the first single off Jonathan Boulet’s forthcoming sophomore album ‘We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart’.
Out June worldwide via Modular Recordings.
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AED 880,000 Raised for Noor Dubai FoundationPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 26/04/2012
Symphony Style LLC concept (Symphony, The Dubai Mall’s parent company) The Ara Gallery hosted a series of events this
past week for the Noor Dubai Foundation and have succeeded in raising an amazing AED 880,000 in funds for the charity. There was a two day ART4SIGHT exhibition and charity auction held at Ara, and a ‘surprise’ Nja Mahdaoui collaborative art work with three young Emirati artists represented by Ara that was auctioned off at Christie’s on April 17th. We are so proud of The Ara Gallery and all of the artists and people who helped to raise such a life-changing sum for this great cause.
For the second consecutive year, ART4SIGHT succeeded in raising funds to support Noor Dubai Foundation’s prevention of blindness programs globally. Art4Sight was held for the second consecutive time in Dubai – the two-day event took place at The Ara Gallery located in The Centre of Now, Downtown.
His Excellency Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Chairman of the Noor Dubai Foundation said: “The proceeds of the Art4Sight exhibition will help fund many blindness prevention programs in countries of need. ART4SIGHT brought together all members of society for a common cause to help provide the blind living in countries of need with the gift of sight.”
Dr. Manal Taryam, CEO of Noor Dubai Foundation said: “With overwhelming support from local and international artists, local art galleries and renowned art auction houses, this year’s event has been a more impressive experience for art lovers, whose contribution will directly help preventative blindness programs in countries of need. This includes providing those who are unable to afford eye medication and glasses with an aim to prevent further deterioration of their condition. People across the world are in much need of our assistance and through this program we aim to make a positive difference to their lives and the lives of their family members.”
Dr Taryam said that at this year’s event, Noor Dubai was privileged to have the attendance of the phenomenal blind artist Esref Armagan. The inability to see has not hindered this Turkish artist from his goal of painting beautiful works of art which have been featured on international documentaries including the Discovery Channel’s ‘The Real Superhumans’.
At the gallery, Armangan, sketched the Burj Khalifa Tower. He was presented with a momentum of the tower, which he felt with his fingertips and based on that, he sketched the tower. As a token of his gratitude, Esref presented the sketch to HH Sheikh Majid, chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, who inaugurated the Art exhibition last Sunday. Armangan said, “I wanted to learn about the world I live in through my fingertips. Although I am blind, I do not consider myself to be blind because I can recognize the world and draw pictures. I am honoured to be here today, to support this cause, which is very close to my heart.”
Three of his works were auctioned at ART4SIGHT including his work entitled ‘Waves’, painted in 2008, which depicts the energy and movement of the ocean, concepts which were thought to be impossible to portray by a blind person. Esref may have been born blind but his ability to paint beautiful art pieces, many of which are currently exhibited in international museums, has amazed scientists and led to them to re-evaluate the visual pathway that they believed existed and taught in medical schools for years.
Other works of art displayed during this exhibition included works of modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art. Works included those of Abdulqader Al Rais, an Emirati artist whose work sold for 212,000 AED. Also, a collection from artist Najat Makki titled ‘Amel’, which translates into the word ‘Hope’, sold for 135,000 AED.
A surprise photography piece was presented at the auction titled ‘Toware’”, which was donated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown prince of Dubai and was taken by His Highness in 2008 of the tribe Towareg in Niger.
In addition to the funds raised through last night’s auction, a calligraphy piece was sold at auction by the Tunisian Artist Nja Mahdouie. This piece was executed and sold for 180,000 AED through a live performance that was joined by 4 Emarati artists during the Christies auction last week in Dubai.
The Ara Gallery also celebrated their one year anniversary this April 22-23 alongside ART4SIGHT, Noor Dubai Foundation’s annual charity art event. The exciting preview exhibition was honored by the presences of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid AlMaktoum, HH Sheikh Majid bin Mohamed AlMaktoum, and HE Mohamed Al Gergawi…
Many UAE based art galleries also donated to the cause including: The Barjeel Foundation, Tashkeel, Farjam Collection and The Salsali Private Museum. Art pieces included work from internationally recognized artists such as Mohamed Kanoo, Reza Hosseini, Himat, Manal Dowayan, Babak Kazemi, Jalal Luqman, Azza Al Qubaisi , Khawla Al Marri and HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Maktoum.
The funds raised totaled up to 880,000 AED and will support Noor Dubai programs globally and directly help those who are unable to access the medical attention they require.
Noor Dubai Foundation is currently preparing for its third mobile eye camp in the city of Worabe in Ethiopia.
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Hummingbird by Alex ClarePosted in Music Monday, The Symphony Style File on: 23/04/2012
Today’s Music Monday is Hummingbird by Alex Clare.View Comments / Make a Comment
Coachella CouturePosted in The Symphony Style File on: 19/04/2012
Coachella isn’t just a music festival, it is a fashion festival – as these photos are testament to. Models, designers, actresses, muses and anyone-who-is-anyone descend onto the grassy planes of Indio California’s summer festival to rub shoulders with their beautiful counterparts. Take a look at some of our favourite Coachella-ers and how we will be incorporating festival vibes into our wardrobes via Symphony’s newest arrivals…
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR TO COACHELLA…
SILK PJ SUITS by SHAKUHACHI
LEOPARD PRINT MEREDITH WEDGES by CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA
JUMPSUITS by RACHEL ZOE
ACROSS THE BODY BAGS by JEROME DREYFUSS
CAT TOP & FLARES by OPENING CEREMONY
KIMONOS by ANNA SUI
All available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now T: 04 330 8050
facebook.com/SymphonyDubai for full collection images and prices
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The Fresh FourPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 05/04/2012
Accessories, accessories, accessories! Shoes and bags are the way to a womans heart and they are also the perfect little things to take your wardrobe from passé to privé. In this blog post we present our top four shoes and bags available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall now…
We love this Edie Parker Clutch which comes complete with a handy mirror. Russian model Elena Perminova was coveting one at the Cycles & Seasons fashion week in Moscow last week… and if it is good enough for her it is good enough for us! 4215dhs exclusively at Symphony, The Dubai Mall.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave you will know that mint green is the colour for Spring/Summer 2012. This 1920′s hue of the colour du-jour is so pretty non? Dayrl Mint Stillettos with ‘hidden island’ gold platform by Charlotte Olympia 4405dhs at Symphony, The Dubai Mall
Jerome Dreyfuss is a genius. This clutch is the perfect kind of animal print – no too garish; girly and discreet. We can’t wait to introduce this to our pretty white summer dresses – a match made in heaven. 3645dhs at Symphony, The Dubai Mall.
Symphony | Ground Floor, Fashion Avenue | The Dubai Mall | T: 04 330 8050
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Cycles & Seasons | Moscow Fashion WeekPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 03/04/2012
The Symphony Insider Visits Moscow!
We were very lucky and blessed to be invited by Symphony SS12 campaign star, fashion journalist, muse and general sweetheart Miroslava Duma to visit her home city – Moscow – and attend the Cycles & Seasons by Mastercard weekend – a fashion week which Mira curates. We flew into Moscow on Thursday and had the best time ever – so much fashion, beautiful architecture and talented and inspiring people! Take a look behind the scenes of our amazing trip…
From left to right: Blogger Tamu McPherson, Emirates Woman’s Elle Timms, Symphony’s Holly Williams, Tank Magazine’s Caroline Issa, Model Elena Perminova, Buro 24/7 Co-Founder & Journalist Miroslava Duma, Writer Stephanie Le Cava, Socialite Svetlana Bondarchuk and Buro 24/7′s co-founder Fira Chilieva
We had an amazing time and want to thank Mira, Fira, Lia, Sofia and everyone at Buro 24/7 & Cycles and Seasons from the bottom of our hearts for being such amazing hosts. Symphony Stylers! If you ever get the chance to visit Moscow do it in a flashski!
For more information about Cycles & Seasons Fashion Week in Moscow visit: http://cyclesandseasons.mastercard.com/
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Hot Off The Press | The Symphony Edit SS12 is in-store nowPosted in The Symphony Style File on: 02/04/2012
The new Spring/Summer 2012 edition of our in-store seasonal magazine The Symphony Edit is available in a limited print-edition at Symphony, The Dubai. Read on for a a sneak-peek inside in the new issue…
Alaa Balky returns to provide her illustration talent
Haute Muse Founder & Editor-in-Chief Fatma Al Thani shares her picks for the new season
We share our favourite trends for Spring/Summer 2012
Emirati artist Saeed Khalifa returns to offer his cultural seletcions for the summer
We visited Lucknam Park in Bath, UK – read about what we got up to and why we felt all ‘Downton Abbey’
We asked some of our favourite designers what their biggest wishes for 2012 are…
Contributor Elle Timms explores to world of Couture
The back cover starring Mira Duma in Alessandra Rich SS12 at Symphony taken from the Behind-the-Scenes campaign images shot by David Goff.
Head to Symphony, The Dubai Mall now to pick up your limited edition print of the new magazine. The magazine will also be online by the end of the week…
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