[ KINGDOME MAGAZINE @ REDBULL’S URBAN CULTURE WEEK 2016 : Five days of Raw Urban Culture ]
Graffiti, Street Art, Hip-Hop, Calligraphy, Street Fashion pop-ups, Dance workshops, Live performances and Art; Red Bull nailed the second Urban Culture Week Kuwait has seen, the third in the GCC. A week filled with true Urban Culture and enthusiasts alike, the daily activities gathered Kuwait’s and the region’s most celebrated Urban talents.
Kick-starting the week was the enormous street-art mural designed by ASHEKMAN (Images in Gallery). Downtown Kuwait City never looked so hip! The mural stands five stories high overlooking Baking Tray and Q at the Yard, around the corner from Al Hamra Mall. The dramatic black backdrop and contrasting gold Arabic calligraphy (Ashekman’s signature typeface) outlined the legendary cartoon character Grandizer; an art piece many could relate to. The reviews have been overwhelming and the buzz around this piece alone was something that we feel will be creating ripples in the industry for a while. Kingdome had the pleasure and honor to meet with the talented brothers, Omar and Mohammad, on the day they began their two-day process of completing the mural. A lasting experience to say the least!
Inspired and energized, needless to say the free Red Bull being passed around was giving us the wings we needed, we headed to Artspace to take in all that UCW had to offer. From our initial step into ArtSpace, we felt that this year’s UCW was on some other level. The sounds of people networking, live music performances were on full-blast by Mr. Fari charming us with his signature tunes and the infectious sounds of Turk beat boxing, adding that raw urban vibe, while the Kuz Crew, Monstarium and Ashekman pop-up corner was busy with happy customers, excited over their limited edition pieces.
Day two UCW was in full throttle by 4 PM at Artspace, with the studio space filled to capacity for the much anticipated two-day Arabic Calligraphy Workshop led by artist Abdulaziz Al Ameer. The results of the workshop were amazing, seeing people create such intricate art pieces and the proud moments we clearly witnessed by people shocked by their own artistic abilities. The top floor of Artspace held the B-Boy Clinic led by B-Boy Nabil guiding participants through essential b-boy stretching routines, muscle and joint recovery tips, strength, agility and stamina workouts and basic power moves and techniques. The juxtaposing vibes from every corner was contagious. Everyone was vibe-ing. It really was amazing to just sit back, have Artspace’s signature Americano Coffee (be careful it’s lethal) and see Kuwait’s youth express so freely.
It was day three of UCW that really had people talking. An impressive line-up of activities started by engaging participants in a lecture led by the the notorious trio; Daffy, Flipperachi and DJ Outlaw giving inspirational and motivational pointers to young and aspiring talents in the region who want to make it in the region’s music industry. The lecture highlighted the importance of staying true to yourself and country, the weight of your audience to your career and the significance of being radio-friendly in order to be successful. It was such a moving lecture only to be concluded by an explosive live show, performing their hit singles “EE LA” and “Samboosa.” Just when we thought we were hip-hopped out, in walks in Dossy, Kuwait’s triumphant pop’n’locker leading partakers in a pop and lock dance workshop and tips on freestyle dance and keys to beat-counting. DJ Shred concluded UCW with an energetic workshop of classic hip-hop dance routines leading fans through classic nonetheless challenging hip-hop dance sequences from today’s most distinguished choreographers.
What a week it was. We at Kingdome, and I’m sure we speak for the rest of Kuwait, cannot wait for the next UCW.
Thank you to Redbull, yet again, for an amazing week jam-packed with raw urban culture and to Artspace for being nothing short of awesome.
Till next year!