'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington to headline PopCon Middle East – Arab News

'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington to headline PopCon Middle East – Arab News

DUBAI: Dubai is set to host the first edition of PopCon Middle East (PopConME) from Nov. 10-13 at Expo City Dubai, with “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington announced as a headlining celebrity guest.
Other confirmed celebrity guests include “House of the Dragon” breakout star Milly Alcock, “Arrow” actors Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy, voice actor Ray Porter, “Breaking Bad’s” Giancarlo Esposito, Ross Marquand from “The Walking Dead,” and more.
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The pop-culture convention will showcase the best in movies, TV, comics, graphic novels, anime, cosplay and more. In partnership with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), Speedy Comics and Alanza Trading, PopConME will take place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo City Dubai, and will host workshops, movie screenings and Cosplay gaming competitions.
“We are excited to introduce PopConME to Dubai. I have been a fan of comic books since I was a child and have been entrenched in the community from an early age. This is a dream come true for a true geek like me. I want this convention to have everything and more my geek heart desires.” said Amer Rashed Al-Farooq, Deputy CEO of the Speedy Comics Group, in a released statement.
DUBAI: Rock legends Def Leppard and acclaimed British rapper Dave have been announced as the latest headlining act at the Yasalam After-Race Concert at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022.
Def Leppard will perform on Nov. 20, while Dave will hit the stage on Nov. 17. 

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The music sensations will join a stellar lineup of performers that includes Grammy-winning artist Kendrick Lamar, performing on Nov. 19, and house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia, who will meet their fans on Nov. 18. 
With more than 110 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the US, Def Leppard are one of the most important forces in rock music. 

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Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums — including two of the best-selling albums of all time, “Pyromania” and “Hysteria.”
Dave’s 2019 debut album “Psychodrama” was met with widespread critical acclaim, winning the prestigious Mercury Prize and named “Album of the Year” at the BRIT Awards. The British producer, musician and songwriter has also collaborated with Drake and AJ Tracey.  
DUBAI: The multidisciplinary arts entity Art D’Egypte opened its door on Thursday for its second edition of “Forever is Now,” an international exhibition that reflects the profound global influence of ancient Egypt and draws on the ongoing inclusiveness of contemporary cultural practices.
Following the success of the first edition, the world’s eyes will once again be on Cairo as the exhibition brings together 11 artworks by 12 international and regional artists to the monumental pyramids of Giza.

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The showcase, which runs until Nov. 30, features large-scale site-specific artworks that blend with the pyramids’ natural stone.
This year’s theme is “Timelessness and the Mysteries of an Ancient Civilization.” The artworks were created using natural materials.

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The artists exhibiting their works include Mohammed Al-Faraj from Saudi Arabia, Therèse Antoine and Ahmed Karaly from Egypt, Natalie Clark from the US and Spain, Emilio Ferro from Italy, Zeinab Al-Hashemi from the UAE, JR from France, eL Seed from Tunisia, SpY from Spain, Pascale Marthine Tayou from Cameroon and Jwan Yosef from Syria and Sweden.
Liter of Light, a global movement dedicated to providing sustainable solar light to energy-poor communities, will also be taking part in the exhibition.
DUBAI: K-pop girl group BLACKPINK are set to make their UAE debut in January.
The music sensations will light up the stage at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Park on Jan. 28.
This concert will be part of the group’s world tour that celebrates their most recent album “Born Pink.” Concertgoers will experience the group’s array of new songs touching on themes including self-confidence, love, self-encouragement, and dealing with fame and detractors.

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The concert tickets will be available for pre-sale on Nov. 2 and for general sale starting Nov. 4.
BLACKPINK, comprising Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa, is the first music group and Korean female act to have five music videos accumulate 1 billion views each on YouTube, and has the most subscribers on the platform at over 80 million.
The iconic group’s music style is an eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop and trap.

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President of Live Nation Middle East James Craven said in a released statement: “K-pop has seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years and BLACKPINK have been at the forefront of this movement, being one of the most famous groups globally.”
“Live Nation are delighted to be able to bring this iconic group to the UAE for the very first time and fans will witness an incredible live show on Jan. 28. Boasting a huge collection of smash hit songs, it promises to be one of the best nights of the year for the Abu Dhabi live music scene,” he added.
DUBAI: Stars from around the world including US model Olivia Culpo and Jordanian Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi this week attended the opening of Valentino’s first exhibition in the Middle East in Qatar.
On Thursday, Qatar Creates, Qatar Museums and Maison Valentino hosted the opening of “Forever Valentino,” a major exhibition that pays homage to the founder of the fashion house, Valentino Garavani, and its still-unfolding heritage of haute couture.
The exhibition, which is now open at Msheireb Downtown Doha, is the largest ever devoted to the fashion house featuring over 200 Valentino haute couture pieces and prêt-à-porter outfits.
Coinciding with the celebration of Garavani’s 90th birthday and the unveiling of the Valentino “The Beginning” haute couture collection in the heart of Rome, the exhibition is conceived as a vast panorama of the history of the fashion house, embedded in scenography that evokes the eternal city, where Maison Valentino was established in 1959.
On the red carpet, Culpo turned heads in a hot pink jumpsuit from the brand’s fall/winter 2022/2023 Pink PP collection. She paired it with gloves, a purse and glitzy diamonds.
Meanwhile, Muaddi posed in a voluminous brown Valentino gown, from the label’s spring/summer 2023 collection, that featured a long cape hanging from the shoulders.
Besides Culpo and Muaddi, the opening event also featured several A-list stars including US singer and songwriter Janet Jackson, US-Somali model Halima Aden, Canadian model Sabrina Elba, French filmmaker Farida Khelfa, “Real Housewives of Dubai” star Chanel Ayan, Bella and Gigi Hadid’s father Mohammed Hadid, German model Leonie Hanne, British model and activist Leomie Anderson.
There were many Middle East celebrities present including Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi, Egyptian actress Salma Abou Daif, Palestinian singer Elyanna and Lebanese social media star Karen Wazen.
The exhibition has rarely seen ensembles designed for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and, more recently, Zendaya.
Curated by artistic director of the New Museum New York Massimiliano Gioni, fashion critic and author Alexander Fury and Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, the exhibition also features ensembles from the private collection of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, a long-standing client of the fashion house.
Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums, said in a released statement: “With the world’s eyes on Doha as we launch into our exciting schedule of events surrounding the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, I am proud that we are welcoming the public to an exhibition that is as imaginative, glamorous, and elegant as the subject itself: the creations of Maison Valentino.”
“I express my warmest thanks to everyone who collaborated with us to realize this tribute to a great artistic vision, and I look forward to continuing to share extraordinary explorations of the best of fashion and design,” she added.
DUBAI: Dubai-based chef Dilip Kumara is heading to Paris this week for the eighth edition of the World Chocolate Masters, a contest known as the “World Cup” of chocolate.
The event, which starts on Oct. 29, brings together 18 world-class chocolatiers to push the limits of what is possible in design.
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Kumara, who is an assistant pastry chef at Five Hotels and Resorts, said in a released statement: “Qualifying for the world finals of the World Chocolate Masters is a dream come true for any pastry chef, and it is no different for me.”
“While it is a true honor to represent the Middle East in the finals, this is also an opportunity to meet and learn from the best talents in the world and bring back learnings from the experience to help elevate chocolate craft in the region,” added the Middle East finalist.
The contest is an initiative of French chocolate maker Cacao Barry to advance creative artisanship and put new talent on the map. The global competition provides a unique platform for artisan chocolatiers, patissiers and chefs from around the world to showcase their skills.
This year’s theme is symbolized by “TMRW,” where the chefs will be challenged to design the chocolate of tomorrow. The finalists will need to present a clear vision and delectable creations which address these shifts.
 Chef Charles Azar, president of the Academie Nationale de Cuisine Lebanon-MEA and Gulf, will represent the Middle East as a jury member, joining some of the industry’s most respected talents.
 “The World Chocolate Masters brings together the best pastry chefs from across the world under one roof to compete in a test of talent, focus and grit in creating the finest chocolate craft,” Azar said.
 “Following a very exciting Middle East final, I am now delighted to be a jury member at the world finals and look forward to witnessing a new era in chocolate where boundaries are pushed and creativity triumphs in the pursuit of excellence,” he added.


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