28 October 2016Last updated

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Now, for a spot of piano-bashing!

Chance for public to experience and enjoy art and music in Dubai

By Shiva Kumar Thekkepat
28 Jan 2016 | 02:55 pm

‘Pop-Up Pianos’ - where a piano ‘pops up’ in the city - might be a familiar concept in other parts of the world, but such an interactive art installation of this nature is a first for the UAE.

Banafsajeel, a creative platform supporting art and design across the Gulf, has curated #PopUpPianoUAE featuring a piano customized with the artwork of renowned UAE-based artist and calligrapher Majid Alyousef. The chosen artwork from the artist’s popular Mondrian series is an Arabic calligraphic representation of the word “Love”.

#PopUpPianoUAE was launched at the Ripe Night Market, Al Barsha Pond Park through a live performance on Saturday, January 23. It featured a collaboration by two local talents, Lebanese pianist Maan Hamadeh and Saudi ‘flow artist’ Teeba Alkhudairi, who presented a bespoke performance reinterpreting a classic Arabic love song.

‘I curated the project to reflect the city of Dubai and its people; it has the spirit of fusing the East and West and reinventing the old to create something new,’ says Noor Aldabbagh, curator and founder of Banafsajeel. ‘Through this project, I wanted to make art engaging to the community at large. I hope #PopUpPianoUAE creates spontaneous interactions and beautiful experiences.’

Conceived as an interactive public art installation, #PopUpPianoUAE will be an art and music attraction for Ripe Market visitors. The piano will be available for the public to play and enjoy.

‘Al Barsha Pond Park will be home to PopUpPianoUAE for at least four weeks, giving local musicians and aspiring pianists a free hand to showcase their talent,’ says Charlotte Brewer, head of Ripe Markets. The project aims to give the public an opportunity to experience and enjoy art and music in a spontaneous manner.’

The pop-up piano is a goodwill community project and post launch, it will stay in Al Barsha Pond Park for 4 weeks for the public to play and enjoy.

At the end of the project #PopUpPianoUAE will be donated to a local music school.

By Shiva Kumar Thekkepat

By Shiva Kumar Thekkepat

Features Writer