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…

Images of Vandazor. Georgy Tovmasyan’s paintings and life remembered.

Menua Mkrtchyan helped set up the Georgy Tovmasyan Foundation to remember the work of his late grandfather. Tovmasyan, who died last April, was Mkrtchyan’s maternal grandfather. During his life Tovmasyan painted hundreds works of art, many of which depict Mkrtchyan’s hometown in Armenia, Vandazor. “The main purpose of the foundation is to remember him”, Mkrtchyan tells me, but the…

“For me, the dialogue between the soul and sound is natural.” Azerbaijani Pianist Renara Akhoundova talks to Nicholas Maltby ahead of her next London concert.

Renara Akhoundova is one of Azarbaijan’s most famous pianists. Having performed two well-received concerts in St. James’s Church, Renara will return to London to perform at Pushkin House in Bloomsbury Square on 24th November. Nicholas Maltby interviewed her for www.links-dar.org and asked her about her life and work and why her music is of interest to psychiatrists and…

“In the last two years the youth of Azerbaijan have woken up from a long a sleep.” Young photo journalist Mehman Huseynov shares his views and experiences.

Mehman Huseynov is only 21 years old. Yet he has already won several prizes for his photo journalistic work, including ones given by the US State Department, Freedom House and the World Movement for Democracy. Unfortunately even at this young age he has also had to experience what  many other journalists have had to go through in…

Courageous Women journalists honoured.

The US based International Women’s Media Foundation has honoured three outstanding women journalists for their courage in the course of their journalistic work. Established in 1990 IWMF is a vibrant global network dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press. The IWMF advocates for women…

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…