Remembering Syria and Syrians — The Storyteller Abu Shady

2016-12-19T19:10:20+07:00By |

For the second part of a short series in which we're reflecting on Syria and Syrians before the Civil War, the places we travelled and the people we met, we want to share a piece we did about the storyteller Abu Shady, who we last interviewed for a feature in 2009. The portrait above is …

Meet the People Behind the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha

2017-09-17T14:42:19+07:00By |

We meet the people behind the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, to find out more about the rich collection of art and artifacts, what they represent, and what they mean to the people of Qatar and the Middle East. Meet the People Behind the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha “The objects on …

The Dazzling Museum of Islamic Art In Doha

2016-06-08T23:59:19+07:00By |

Splendidly sited on a purpose-built artificial island off the city’s palm-fringed Corniche, the stupendous Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, is both an architectural showpiece and an arresting receptacle for the world’s most extraordinary collections of Islamic art. The Dazzling Museum of Islamic Art In Doha Launched in December 2008, the Museum of Islamic Art …

The Audacious Architecture of Dubai

2018-05-10T17:43:26+07:00By |

Boasting breathtaking skylines of sail-shaped buildings, dancing towers, twisting skyscrapers, and even a tuning fork, the audacious architecture of Dubai makes the city a delight to visit for architects, designers, photographers, and travellers. I will never forget a conversation we overheard one day between a little boy and his father as Terence and I strolled by a construction …

Absorbing Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW

2019-01-29T13:14:02+07:00By |

Last week the winners of Australia’s most important and most talked-about annual art contest, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, were announced and the exhibition of finalists opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney’s and Australia’s premiere art museum. During the final days of last year's exhibition, we met Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head of …

A Local Guide to Sydney Architecture

2019-01-29T14:03:38+07:00By |

The Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s most recognisable asset and a cornerstone of Sydney architecture. Every time we return to Sydney and we see it, we’re home. The story behind the commissioning and construction of the Sydney Opera House is a narrative that leaves few participants with any honour in the creation of one of …

East Meets West at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre in Luang Prabang

2018-05-09T14:30:29+07:00By |

Ock Pop Tok weaving centre in Luang Prabang, Laos, is the product of a collaboration between Laotian weaver Veomanee Duangdala and English photographer Joanna Smith. Ock Pop Tok may mean 'East meets West' in Lao but the beautiful fabrics produced on the looms are distinctly local. Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre in Luang Prabang Click clack. Click clack. I …

Bangkok’s Best Live Music Venues

2019-06-11T12:36:26+07:00By |

From a rockabilly band playing at a fish and chips joint to an all-girl rock group performing nightly at an ice bar, Bangkok’s live music venues can most accurately be described as 'quirky'. Bangkok’s music scene may not be the best in the world – you’re not going to fly to the Thai capital to …

A Local Guide to the Siem Reap Arts Scene and Creative Community

2018-11-27T17:39:00+07:00By |

This local guide to the Siem Reap arts scene and creative community comes from designer, gallery owner and entrepreneur Loven Ramos, a long-term resident. Siem Reap has a rich artistic and cultural heritage, evident in its Angkor temple architecture and elaborate carvings, and in the classical Khmer dance and music, but we didn’t expect to …

The Ethereal Apsara: Celestial Nymph, Storyteller, Messenger

2017-11-17T14:00:05+07:00By |

It’s hard to escape the apsara in Siem Reap. The celestial nymph is everywhere we look. Clad in silk and a colossal golden headdress, she seductively adorns temple walls in the form of elaborate carvings, or in human form as a graceful and distant dancer performing the Dance of the Apsara Divinities. The Apsara is …

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