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January 22, 2013

Bedouin Jerry-can Band (Photo: El Mastaba Facebook page)
08:52 GMT

A few years ago Egyptian folk music came close to disappearing but, with the help of El Mastaba, it's back and bigger than ever!

Available: Kadim Al Saher.
08:42 GMT

Caesar of Arabic music seeking his Cleopatra.

Singing a song using a totally different accent and dialect? This is sexy!
08:41 GMT

Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram is preparing to record a new song with a new accent-- she's gone Gulfie!

The famous Beirut Music Hall is set to open in Dubai this January in Dubai (Courtesy: The Beirut Music Hall)
07:23 GMT

The famous Beirut Music Hall is set to open in Dubai this January.

Amr Diab is headlining Sydney's Arab Music Festival this February
06:42 GMT

Egyptian star, Amr Diab, is heading to Oz to headline Sydney's Arab Music Festival this February.

January 21, 2013

An Egyptian public school in Khan el-Khalili
13:44 GMT

This week, the downtown venue of Messaha Foundation for Community Development hosted a screening of two short films by emerging filmmakers Shereen Talaat and Chakir Lakhlifi, addressing the catastrophic state of Egypt’s education system.

One Direction are reportedly trying to improve their language skills to avoid feeling "embarrassed" abroad
12:31 GMT

As British heartthrobs One Direction trying to improve their language skills to avoid feeling "embarrassed" abroad, their Mideast fans are left wondering if Arabic is next.

'That Part of Heaven' is showing at al-Madina Theatre from 18 to 27 January, 2013.
12:10 GMT

Maqamat Dance Theatre's 'That Part of Heaven' deals with the painful memories of Lebanon's civil war.

Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan.
12:09 GMT

The singer-songwriter was in Beirut not long ago, after which she ruminated about collaboration, musical roots and finding her voice.

Shubbak is looking for Arab artists to take part in this year's festival
11:13 GMT

The organisers of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture open a call for Arab artists and organisations to submit their suggestions for projects for the 2013 programme, which is currently under construction

Curvy model Kate Upton featured in one of Victoria Aitken's videos last year
09:09 GMT

In December last year, London-based singer Victoria Aitken featured curvy Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton in her single. This time around, Dubai has a starring role in her latest single, Neon Nights.

Tom MacMaster, the man behind the 'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog
08:35 GMT

Sour Lips by Omar El-Khairy is a play that dramatises the story of Amina Arraf, a fictional Syrian character created by Tom MacMaster in a blog he dubbed A Gay Girl in Damascus.

Bollywood actress, Lillete Dubey, is starring in 'Where Did I Leave My Purdah,' this Friday.
08:10 GMT

English play, 'Where Did I Leave My Purdah,' is set to be staged at the First Group Theatre this Friday.

'Five Broken Cameras' has received an Oscar nomination for the Best Documentary Feature 2013
07:15 GMT

'Five Broken Cameras,' a documentary tackling the peaceful struggle of a Palestinian town against the Israeli separation wall, has received an Oscar nomination for the Best Documentary Feature 2013.

Remi Ochlik (Photo: Lucas Dolega)
06:45 GMT

As part of the centennial celebrations of Art Institute of Boston, photography by Remi Ochlik on the Arab Spring will be showcased later this month in an exhibition called 'Revolutions'.