Bringing Music and Art to the Streets of Amman

BarakaBits, Writing

While walking down Amman streets, Sami found time and time again that they were void of life and beauty. A lover of music, he thought to himself, “Why not bring art to the streets?”

That’s exactly what this exciting event “Music Rings in the Streets of Amman” aims to do. While speaking to Sami Nada, one of the organizers of the event,he explained to BarakaBits that the goal of this event is “to introduce people to street art and its beauty and spread a message of peace and love. It also aims to break the rigidity of the art culture on the streets.” He defines street art as a spontaneous artistic expression of freedom, peace and love and one that creates an intimate relationship between the artists and audience.
Sami adds that
“there is a growing group of artists and lovers of art in Jordan who do not seek any monetary gain out of their art. All they want is to send a message of peace and love through their art but they do not have the space to freely do so.”

According to the organizer, “this event, which is the first of its kind in Jordan, will provide that space.” The event will share both the culture of street music and street art with a complete performance by inspiring percussionists and other artists in the field of street art such as freestyle dancers, fire performers and mime artists. Local artists  from Jordan will bring life to the streets of Amman through Arabic music as well as other exciting performances.

So if you’re an artist or an art lover, don’t miss the event! This one-of-a-kind street art event will take place in Jabal l’Weibdeh on Thursday October 20, 2016.
For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.
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This article was originally published on BarakaBits on October, 15, 2016.
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Join Cycling4Palestine 2016 in Jordan & Palestine this Friday

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If you’re in Jordan or Palestine and are looking to get active and at the same time to do good, we have just the right event for you! On Friday April 22, 2016, the Welfare Association for Youth (WAY) will be hosting its 5th Cycling4Palestine event.

The aim of the event is to demonstrate solidarity and raise awareness and funds for WAY’s projects. Each year, the funds raised go to different humanitarian and social projects in Palestine. This year’s theme is “solutions from within”, and all funds raised will go to projects that lead to sustainable development. One of the projects that will be supported by the funds raised in this event will empower women in the agriculture sector in Palestine.

When BarakaBits asked about the message and goal of the event Tamer Atia, President of WAY, said, “We choose to cycle because cycling offers a sustainable viable alternative to all other means of transport. Many communities in Palestine have the potential to utilize cycling as an effective tool of bridging villages and resources, thus enabling us to reach our schools, families, homes and workplaces. Cycling ultimately gives us control over movement.”

Moreover, Darin Zeidan, WAY Program Manager told BarakaBits, “I’m excited to meet everyone and see young people outside Palestine working for the Palestinian cause.”  During our interview with Zeidan, she also expressed her excitement for this year’s event as it will take place in both Palestine and Jordan and emphasized the importance of such events and its role in engaging and reminding the youth of the Palestinian cause.  It is also worth noting that this year Cycling4Palestine is organized by young volunteers.

The program includes cycling followed by lunch and an interactive segment including live performances and a quiz show. Cycling4Palestine is a family-friendly event open to all ages.

Enjoy your springtime by joining this event. Stay active, have fun and as always don’t forget to smile :) !

For more information: visit the event’s page on Facebook and the Welfare Association for Youth website.

 

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on April 16, 2016.

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Desert Designs Brings Bedouin Designs to Your Home

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A store that started in a tent in 1990 during the Gulf War, Desert Designs can be found today on King Abdulla Street in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Since then, the store has grown to offers a customized furniture department, interior design services, a contemporary art galley and café in addition to a retail store. This family business brings tribal Bedouin designs to your home. The store’s products range from accessories to custom-made lighting, bright weaved rugs, ceramic vases with Arabic calligraphy, hand-painted coffee tables, paintings and even handbags.

In addition to furniture and home accessories, Desert Designs provides artists with a platform to talk about art through Huna Art, a space much needed in the country. In August, for example, Desert Designs held a talk by Emily Fiddy, a certified expressive arts therapist. The gallery space and meeting area are available for rent for events; Desert Designs’s Cafea Arab hosts Kalimat Literary, a monthly ladies book club.

Desert Designs offers beautiful pieces rooted in Saudi culture to decorate your home and a cultural space open to all art lovers.

For more information: Visit Desert Design’s website, Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram

This article was originally posted on BarakaBits on October 18, 2015.

Discover Petra with Queen Rania Al-Abdullah

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Jordan’s rose-red city is now just a click away with Google Street View. Google worked on its most recent Street View project, which was launched on November 23, 2015, with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah. Alongside one of the world’s seven wonders, more than 30 historical sites in Jordan can now be viewed virtually.

In a guest post on Google’s blog, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah shared, “With Google Street View, would-be visitors, or those just curious to learn more about our ancient lands, can explore Jordan’s unique historical heritage online. That’s one of the reasons I love this technology. Not only does it connect millions of people from all corners of the world, it provides a lens on the past. And when we understand more about each other’s stories and cultures and histories, we realize that we are more alike than we are different. That’s why we must preserve these treasures for future generations. They’re a doorway to our shared narrative.”

Google Street View has traveled to all seven continents and allows anyone with an Internet connection to explore areas in more than 65 countries. Other areas available for Street View in the Middle East include the pyramids of Giza and the Liwa Oasis.

For more information: Visit Petra’s Trek page.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 24/11/2015.

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Abeer Seikaly’s “Weaving a Home”: Bringing the Comfort of Modern Life to the Displaced

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Jordanian designer and architect, Abeer Seikaly, has come up with a solution for the hundreds of thousands of displaced people around the world. In her project, “Weaving a Home”, winner of the Lexus Design Award,  she has created structural fabric collapsible shelters.

The shelter absorbs solar energy that is converted into usable energy and the inside includes pockets that can be used for storage. In addition, the top can be used as a water storage tank, allowing for quick showers and a drainage system prevents flooding.

The structures are ideal for any climate and time of day as they open up in the summer and day time to let sunlight in and close during the winter. They are also lightweight and mobile, two very important features of a home for the thousands of people fleeing wars and natural disasters in their home countries, forced to make tents their new homes.

On her website, Abeer Seikaly says, “In this space, the refugees find a place to pause from their turbulent worlds, a place to weave the tapestry of their new lives. They weave their shelter into home.”

For more information: Visit Abeer Seikaly’s website.

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This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 08/10/2015.

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Discover Your Talents With The Talentology

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There are all kinds of sciences that one can learn about: biology, geology, meteorology and also talentology.The Talentology, a training company in Jordan founded in 2008 by Ahmad Al-Assad, offers fun and practical training to different clients from companies to students and fresh graduates. With the belief that people doing the work they love and are good at eventually leads to national development and prosperity, The Talentology aims to help youth acquire the knowledge, skills and positive attitude needed to excel at the workplace by discovering their talents. “Talents are basically like diamonds; they are natural, sometimes disguised as normal stones. That’s why we need to nurture them, and put effort to get beautiful results,” says Ahmad Al-Assad.

In a short web series targeted at youth, Al-Assad takes viewers on a trip to discover their talents and stand out in what they do. Here are some of his tips:

  1. Everyone has a talent; you just have to allow yourself to discover what yours is by trying out new things. You’ll know you’re good at something if before the activity you’re excited to start, while doing it you lose track of time and once it’s over you can’t wait to do it again. Of course, you should also enjoy the activity and excel at it. Finding out what you enjoy will get you one step closer to discovering your talents.
  1. Set goals to develop your talent and commit to them.
  1. Surround yourself with people who are already in the field you want to work in and who share the same enthusiasm. This is your tribe and will help you develop your talent.

For more information and a free personality test visit The Talentology’s website. You can also follow them on Facebook.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 21/08/2015.

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Ali Abd Alrazzaq Turns Everyday Objects Into Art

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Have you ever looked at a tea biscuit or the end of a broom and thought, “I could turn this into art”? Well that’s the kind of art the 24-year-old Iraqi Ali Abd Alrazzaq creates. Using his drawing skills and everyday items, he creates simple yet clever art pieces. This creative political science major turns your favorite chips into the pyramids and half a shaved arm into a field. He describes his art as “interactive illustrations using everyday objects”. In addition to combining everyday objects and his drawing skills, Ali Abd Alrazzaq also replaces paint with tomatoes, coffee and shoe polish. With creativity like this, there’s no telling what wonderful art we’ll see from Ali next!

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This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 27/08/2015.