2nd Urban Culture Week 2016 – Shines on Kuwait’s Art Scene
Written by: Danielle C. Huss
Urban Culture Week (UCW) took place in Kuwait for the second consecutive year running from September 30 – October 4, 2016. A variety of exciting workshops, activities, as well as a pop-up shop revolving around art, music and dance. Free and open to the public. For the purpose of inspiring individuals to dig deeper into their artistic senses and explore the numerous possibilities that can result by developing talents, UCW clearly exceeded all expectations.
Starting off the week was the showing of an exquisite mural in Kuwait City created by street art concept group, Ashekman, consisting of renowned Lebanese artists and twin brothers, Mohamed and Omar Kabbani. It was the twins’ first time in Kuwait and their first time displaying a mural of that size on one of Kuwait City’s buildings. Attendees were heard using words such as “remarkable” and “awe-inspiring” to describe the mural. Ashekman takes pride in revitalizing the traditional Arabic culture through contemporary art forms such as calligraphy, street art and Arabic graffiti. The mural was a collaboration between UCW and Jedareyat, a non-profit organization that transforms dead walls around Kuwait into beautiful, picturesque landmarks.
The next day festivities continued at ArtSpace Q8, including a meet-and-greet with Ashekman and a pop-up shop featuring artworks and merchandise from Ashekman, Kuzcrew store and Monstraium. The following three days were jam-packed with interactive workshops as well as lessons in dance and music. The calligraphy workshop welcomed special guest artist, Abdulaziz Alameer, who guided registered participants in a class dedicated to the timeless art form. Participants interested in breakdancing had the chance to bust a move with b-boy Nabil, from the French Freeminds Crew who came all the way from Dubai to share his experiences and techniques. A lecture and Q&A session on hip-hop and lyricism by Kuwait’s own Daffy and Bahrain’s DJ Outlaw & Flipperachi grabbed the attention of many with a compelling discussion on how to make it in the music business for aspiring, independent artists. Freestyle and hip-hop dance workshops led by Dossy and Shred were a huge hit to conclude this awesome week of superb talent.
This was the third Urban Culture Week to take place in the GCC and hopefully there will be many more to come. It was a great success thanks to all who participated and it’s supporters Red Bull Kuwait, Artspace Q8, Jedareyat, Jothan Paint Arabia and Kuz Store.
More UCW event highlights to come!