Dubai Festival City to host works by Afghan artisans

Dubai Festival City to host works by Afghan artisans
Published: 14 May 2017 - 10 a.m.

Dubai Festival City, in partnership with the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed (FBMI) initiative, in is set to open an art exhibition within Festival Square, its main atrium.

The exhibition will run from May 21 to June 16.

FBMI will showcase artworks by four prominent Emirati artists who took part in the Artists for Change programme at Dubai Festival City.

The event will unveil the largest yarn ball ever assembled in the region, having a diameter of 3m.

According to a press release, the ball of yarn is hand-crafted out of 100% indigenous wool, hand-spun by female weavers, and dyed with natural vegetable dyes in Afghanistan.

The exhibition will support Artists for Change, a new programme launched by FBMI in collaboration with UAE artists and underprivileged artisans in Afghanistan.

The press release said that four Emirati artists were invited to be a part of the Artists For Change programme -- Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, Sheikha Mariam Khalifa Al Nahyan, Shamsa Al Abbar and Mohammed Harib.

They donated works to be woven into hand-knotted carpets by FBMI weavers.

The woven FBMI carpets, which have been gifted to world leaders such as the Pope, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Guido Westerville, will be exhibited and available for sale at the newly expanded Dubai Festival City.

Farshied Jabarkhyl, regional manager, FBMI says, “FBMI aims to use this exhibition as a physical platform and forum for the community to raise awareness about Afghan women’s empowerment and to emphasise on the immense support of talented Emirati artists.”

The release added that all proceeds of the FBMI carpet sales will go to FBMI female weavers in the form of salary, access to health and compulsory education for their children.

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