culture

beldi the rugs

Who could blend colors better than Moroccan in their rugs? Look at these fantastic rugs brought to you by Beldi - started by a couple from New York and Marrakech. They buy directly from the artisans to ensure fair prices, and they also pledge to donate 20% of all profits to charities in Morocco, like the SOS Children’s Village in Ait Ourir, outside Marrakech where they sponsor a young boy: www.sos-childrensvillages.org

vanishing cultures - mustang

It's through the Vanishing Cultures Project (VCP) which I come across Taylor Wiedman who is a New York based photographer shooting Mustang for the group to raise funds and awareness. VCP is a nonprofit initiative which aims to assisting indigenous, traditional groups worldwide to preserve their culture by documenting their lifestyle through photography, research, and media, educating the public about these extinguishing values and cultures. The current project which spans till September 2012 is called Nomads No More, a theme about Mongolia. The below images shot by Taylor has been documented in the book Mustang: Lives and Landscapes of the Lost Tibetan Kingdom. Hundred percent of the proceeds of this book will go to the VCP, or order individual prints here!

the future of a promise

What we know about the Arab world is quite limiting and not to mention the realm related to contemporary art of that part of the world. This exhibition called The Future of a Promise has a forward looking vision  which aims to explore the nature of the promise as a form of aesthetic and socio-political transaction and how it is made manifest in contemporary visual culture in the Arab world today.

hybrid nebuta

Nebuta is by Japanese origin meaning a float of the warrior figure with dancers congregating around the figures and these are absolutely traditional. Molo design from Canada has escalated the concept to a more global and design-driven level and transforming the tradition to something our current generation could appreciate and relate!

Via Ming Pao Weekly Issue 2235

hong kong ballet coppélia

Following Swan Lake, Whitespace has worked on The Hong Kong Ballet's next production, Coppélia. Working with the talented Emilie Sarnel on the artwork, the poster captures the comedic love story of Dr. Coppélius and his life-sized doll. Originally premiered in Paris in 1870, this ballet has captured the imaginations throughout the times. The Hong Kong Ballet performs Coppélia on 23-25 September 2011 at 8.00pm and 24-25 September 2011 at 3.00pm, at Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets are available through Urbtix.