Every year, the Met Gala celebrates a specific theme that celebrities have to get costume tailored gowns and suits for, in order to keep up. This year’s theme is by far the most controversial, by all means: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination”. Nope, the religious theme is not weird at all…The red carpet was infused with looks inspired by Joanof Arc, the Pope, and even Jesus himself! massive headpieces could literally be spotted everywhere. Some celebrities didn’t bother to put in too much effort, others truly went over the top to standout but and fortunately, some just NAILED it! Here’s a list of those who successfully matched this year’s theme and at the same time, proved that they’re indeed, true fashion icons:
“Due to the exceptional circumstances, and what the world is witnessing in the coronavirus pandemic, the Year of Arabic Calligraphy 2020 has been extended into 2021. We will overcome this crisis and continue to fulfill our dreams,” the minister tweeted.
The year-long celebration was designed to show the true identity of Saudi Arabia and to be a source of inspiration for artists around the world. In addition to highlighting the importance and historical significance of Arabic calligraphy.
The year of Arabic calligraphy will also play a vital role in passing down the language through generations, the generations that are close to losing their mother language.
Artists were invited to submit ideas and project proposals that highlights Arabic calligraphy, and winners were to be provided partial or full financial media and logistical sponsorship from the ministry.
“The impact of the current circumstances and the Kingdom’s efforts in limiting the spread of the coronavirus necessitated the postponement of many cultural events organized by the Ministry of Culture.” The ministry’s official spokesman, Abdulkareem Al-Hameed, said.
The long-awaited global event Expo 2020 Dubai was set to kick start six months from now, but due to the current unfortunate events, organizers of the event are currently looking into postponing the event till next year.
While everyone involved in #Expo2020 Dubai remains firmly committed, many countries have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and they have expressed a need to postpone Expo’s opening by one year, to enable them to overcome this challenge. pic.twitter.com/8xgk5D0UJl
In a conference call that brought together members of the event’s steering committee, which comprises local government officials and foreign country representatives, all agreed that a delay is indeed needed and that the Paris-based based Bureau International des Expositions, or BIE, should study this option. The BIE awards the global event and its member states will have the final say regarding the matter.
We support the proposal to explore a one-year postponement at today’s Steering Committee meeting. We will follow due processes with Expo’s governing body, @BIEParis, on making the decision to delay, which requires a two-thirds majority vote from the BIE General Assembly. pic.twitter.com/76Lz3CcbkD
“The World’s Greatest Show” was expected to witness the arrival of around 11 million overseas visitors who were eager to come and enjoy the event’s unique medley culture, business, trade, and technology featuring pavilions from 192 countries.
“The global situation is fast moving, and remains unpredictable,” the event’s managing director, Reem Al Hashemi, said in a statement issued on state news agency WAM.
For years now, organizers and officials have regarded the showcase exhibition as the perfect boost for Dubai’s economy and billions of dollars have already been spent on marketing, building hotels and facilities for the global event.
As much as it saddens us all to have to keep enduring the cancellation of many significant events, it is however a logical and gracious move that needs to be taken. This pandemic is expected to come in waves, and postponing to 2021 will give us all a good time to recover both economically and emotionally.
The long-awaited art event ‘Art Dubai‘ has decided to go virtual instead of having to cancel or postpone due to the coronavius outbreak and we’re just lucky to have the opportunity to tour the exhibition from the safety of our homes.
The elevated unique experience has become available online on the 25th of March and is still ongoing, over the past days, Art Dubai has succeeded in garnering 53,520 unique page views on its website and 60,000 views on Facebook.
Art Dubai’s 2020 digital programme offers an online catalog and an online performance programme curated by Marina Fokidis. Commissioner of Global Art Forum, ShumonBasar, who said in a statement, “Reality has shifted suddenly. Physical gatherings aren’t possible. So the Global Art Forum needed an emergency format. So, I thought, why not do a special broadcast edition of the Forum that addresses the new stories emerging from this moment of global narrative collapse? And do this collectively, with a group of brilliant thinkers, all of whom have something nourishing and provoking to say.”
UAE galleries including Ayyam Gallery, Carbon 12, Custot Gallery, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Leila Heller Gallery and Meem Gallery will all be participating in Art Dubai online this year.