The process of transformation in Saudi Arabia discussed at LINKS event in Brussels

On Wednesday 3 May, LINKS (DAR) hosted a panel discussion at the Brussels Press Club on the theme “Saudi Arabia in an era of transformation”. The panellists, Adel Hamaizia, Dr Courtney Freer and Dr Jamal Abdallah made presentations on current processes in Saudi domestic and foreign policy, and answered questions from an engaged audience including…

“Re: Orient” – Sharjah Exhibition explores the limits of political and social boundaries, past and present.

Dennis Sammut has been to Sharjah for the opening of the exhibition Re: Orient, an on-going political and social conversation through art. The United Arab Emirates is not exactly a hotbed of political intrigue. Despite the fact that several dozen people are currently on trial for anti-State activities, most citizens prefer to concentrate their efforts on business…

LINKS Director lectures at the Armenian Community centre in Sharjah “In moving forward Armenia must learn from history, but must not be a prisoner of history.”

LINKS Executive Director Dennis Sammut, on Friday, 21 December was the guest of the Armenian Community of Dubai and the Northern Emirates at an event held at the Armenian Community Centre in the Emirate of Sharjah (UAE). After touring the complex which includes a Church and a school, and meeting the spiritual head of the Community,…

Dubai thinks big, big, and bigger

Dennis Sammut is in Dubai often, and never fails to be amazed by the shameless boldness with which the city takes on ambitious projects which have turned it in five decades from a small village into a dynamic metropolis. In this article for links-dar.org he looks at how in less than twenty four hours Dubai unveiled plans to build…

Amazing art project brings graffiti art to Tunisia’s tallest minaret.

French-born Tunisian artist eL Seed is currently suspended 57 meters in the air in an effort to paint Tunisia’s largest graffiti mural on the country’s tallest minaret, located at the Jara Mosque in the south-eastern industrial city of Gabès. Reacting to the recent clashes between religious sects and the art community in Tunisia, the artist embarked…

Barjeel Foundation in Sharjah hosts important discussion on artists and nationalism.

The Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, is fast developing a reputation not only for great art exhibitions, but also for stimulating discussions where the message behind the art is discussed and analysed. On Saturday it hosted a discussion on the theme “Drawing Nationalism. Where do Artists belong?” Dennis Sammut attended the event and shares…