Preparations are in place for the Street Fiesta at Al Qasba called 'Qabam', taking place from March 10th - 19th. The event will be a fusion of music and art, transforming Al Qasba Walkways into an artistic avenue featuring live music, art activities and exclusive performances by renowned artists from around the world.
Akiro Endo, a freestyle artist from Japan, will create live art pieces inspired by dance beats and rhythms from March 15th until March 19th. Endo dances himself into a trancelike state, and then creates unique art pieces from his dream like state. Rrecognised worldwide for his exceptional performances, his show takes place three times a day.
Blanko, an award-winning artist from Germany, will put up another exciting performance at the street fiesta. He will be covered in paint and visitors will be allowed to paint his body with different colours to create a live art show. Blanko has done many performances as a Living Statue Artist, and has also appeared in several popular street art performances in Germany called 'Blanko & Woody'.
The statue begins his performance all in white, but becomes a collaborative piece of community art, as visitors are encouraged to paint the statue into a rainbow of colours. Catch Blanko from March 10th - 14th, where he will put on three shows a day.
Another performance will be by Mauranga from Spain, who will put on a one-man-show that will feature circus, theatre, music and comedy to delight visitors and families with three daily shows on all 10 days of the fiesta. Mauranga, from Madrid, utilises improvisation to make the audience laugh and will create a comic atmosphere around spectators.
There will also be a spectacular 3D Chalk Art display to thrill visitors with an optical illusion that defies visual logic. Seeing is believing, so visitors to Al Qasba must be sure to see the Italian artist, Gennaro at work creating his 3D chalk art masterpiece from March 10th - 14th, all day.
Sultan Mohammed Shattaf, Al Qasba Manager, said, "We are very excited to be hosting Al Qasba Street Fiesta, Qabam, again, and it is a part of Al Qasba’s series of events to attract families, individual and holidaymakers and introduce them to Sharjah’s charms. As the cultural capital of the UAE we love to provide artistic and cultural activities and attractions to visitors and citizens. There will be plenty of fun art and music activities at the fiesta for families, children and individuals to participate in and enjoy."
Along with the fiesta’s art and music activities, a live band will play music during the day to keep visitors entertained and there will be a variety of kiosks and stands selling textiles, homeware items and souvenirs.
Art activities taking place at the fiesta include 'Doodle Walk', where passersby can join in and contribute to the artwork, the 'Box of Art Installation' activity, where visitors can have fun stacking boxes and creating stories, and 'Gnome' painting.