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AN INTERVIEW WITH NEJOUD AL-YAGOUT

By Ryan Abdelbaki In January of 2017, Nejoud Al-Yagout founded Co-Exist Kuwait to spread the tentacles of love, peace, inclusivity and tolerance locally. Though the essential idea was "an invitation to ascend into love via the reverberations of music, the message is now expanding to include all forms of artistic expression." Al-Yagout adds that love is the only force that is inclusive of all, r

NEJOUD AL YAGOUT BOOK LAUNCH & OPEN ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION

Calling all musicians and music lovers to an Open Acoustic Jam Session at the launch of Nejoud Al-Yagout’s latest book – And The Raven Recites. This Saturday, March 25th at Sirdab Lab. 6 pm. Sponsored by The Divan, Made Caffé and Sirdab Lab.

FEEDWISE

Feedwise was founded in May of 2016 – with a mission to feed the needy. On a monthly basis, volunteers are invited to participate in a food drive where they focus on distributing food that is uncooked, needing only water, so that the migrant workers can consume them at their own pace. It is always refreshing to interview souls who are participating in the ascension of our planet from fear into l

ONE-ON-ONE WITH NOUR AL-KAWASS

Lately, the music scene in Kuwait has been booming, with regular events across the city. But, Nour Al-Kawass has been a puppeteer and agent for music long before it became mainstream. This month, we would like to ask this avant-garde agent of sound and editor of Get Out Blog a few questions.   Regulations seem to be easing due to the nation's inherent thirst for music. You were a part o

ON MINDFULNESS

Aruna Ladva is the founder of Harmony House, Kuwait and travels extensively to share spiritual insights across the globe. Aruna specializes in Raja Yoga Meditation and is the author of five books – better known as the It’s Time series – in addition to a workbook on conflict resolution. It was very inspiring to ask Aruna how to be still in a world of movement. Meditation is not practiced w

TIME OUT WITH TAYMOUR KHAJAH

Taymour Khajah is definitely not an individual on auto-pilot. He is an awakened soul who is doing his best to raise the frequency of his birthplace, Kuwait. In his own words, he is "now motivated more than ever to grab hold of the wheel and change the country for good." He adds that Kuwait "is ours. We are the youth. We HAVE control..."  And Taymour is "more excited than ever to be part of the gr

FORGET THE WORDS

Dr. Shahd Al-Shammari is an Assistant Professor at Gust University who has authored two books: On Love and Loss and her latest, Forget the Words, which launched this year. Her first book speaks, aptly, of love and loss; a grief so profound that the reader is invited to share the pain of the author as she comes to term with separation from her beloved. Forget the Words reveals a more evolved speake

LITERARY LADIES: RAWA MAJDI AND AJ SALEH

Poetry waltzes through our veins; basking in our essence and penetrating our core, leaving us breathless, panting for more (and more). And lately, the scene in Kuwait is booming with poets. It is not that there are more poets, but more forums for bards to express themselves. Kuwait Poets Society is one such platform, and their movement is taking Kuwait by storm. This month, I got to interview the

TURK HIMSELF

Tarek Kabbani is a musician, multi-instrumentalist, producer, designer and the owner of his own studio called Jaybird Studios. At many events across town, you can see Kabbani share the stage with other musicians as a drummer, guitarist or as a beat-boxer. A few months ago, I was blown away when I heard an original tune of his on Instagram. I got in touch with him immediately to collaborate. He not

FINDING FATMA

According to her Instagram account, Fatma Abodoma – a unique, talented artist and photographer - is “a human witch who used to be a whale.” Through this wacky and original phrase, Fatma invites us to a world of playfulness and intrigue. Being a sucker for original souls, I knew I had to ask her a few questions! Join me in getting to know a little more about this passionate artist. As a vi

A YOUNG INVENTOR

Naser Al-Jemaz has been a member of The Kuwait Science Club (KSC) since 2008. Granted, he is now sixteen years old, which means he was eight when he joined the club! In addition, he has been a researcher since the tender age of 12. His list of achievements since finding his calling as an environmentalist and inventor is both impressive and flabbergasting, since he is still in high school. Naser

A VERSATILE TALENT

There exists a rare breed of human whose talent exceeds not only societal expectations but even that of the self. Jassim Alnashmi is one of these diamonds in a mine. He is not just a talented poet in his own right, but a curator, architect, artist and furniture designer. After graduating from Iowa State University, he came back to Kuwait and exploded into the cultural scene. Here, I get to ask thi

ONE ON ONE WITH TAREK ALERYAN

Tarek Aleryan is head of Public Relations and Media Services at the Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI). His work entails organizing conferences, workshops and seminars – along with television and radio interviews and press releases to raise awareness about diabetes. Tarek also hosts his own KTV2 program - Hala Kuwait - where he interviews movers and shakers locally. Although he is very busy, he fou

THE BUSHMANS

There is nothing hotter than a power couple! And in Kuwait we have our very own: Richard and Harriet Bushman. It’s hard to put a label on either of them. Richard, who has a fine ear for music, is a producer of operas, musical performances and is also a talent scout; and lovely Harriet is not only a supremely talented musician and pianist but also an entrepreneur. I am not just in awe of this pow

HANGING WITH HAWRAA

Obviously, Hawra’a Khalfan– the founder of Kuwait Writing Club (KWC) - is not an unseen force in Kuwait, because her voice is a potent one, pushing the envelope of what is deemed the norm in our region, and pushing others to write in the process. In fact, her desire to extend her passion for writing to others is also evident in her choice of profession as a Language Arts teacher. Here, I make

WIZARDS OF WOM

Just last year, in April of 2015, three brilliant minds – Abdullah Al-Khulaifah, who is studying to be a clinical psychologist, Mamuna Sarwar – an educator - and Fatma Al-Hamad, an architect - got together to collectively give birth to Word of Mouth Kuwait, a forum for poets to publicly recite their poems in their language of choice. In less than a year, WOM has organized three successful poet

WHEN THREE P’S MEET

Artists on the night: Nejoud Al-Yagout-Poet Harriet Bushman-Pianist Colette Dalal Tchantcho-Performance Artist The event will be held at Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City.

GUIDING MOMS AROUND KUWAIT

Some people move to Kuwait and make their presence known. Others, like Jamie Etheridge, unassumingly wave a magic wand and things are never the same. A couple of months after pursuing a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies in 2004, Etheridge moved to Kuwait to work for Kuwait Times, ending up as a managing editor for the newspaper for eight years. After that, she – in her own words - “f

BOOKWORMS: LITERARY KUWAIT

As a space that celebrates literature and the general art of the written word, it was only fitting to rejoice in the works of our local talents. As February is a month of commemorations here in Kuwait, we decided to take a look at its people and the fantastic works they’ve released. From poetry to fantasy to Arabic fiction, let us take a moment to admire what these local talents have penned.

THE (ONE) WORLD OF ALISON SHAN PRICE

Four years ago, One World Actors Centre was founded in Kuwait by Alison Shan Price. The company continues to sate the thirst of theater-goers in Kuwait, with productions ranging from Evita to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Last season, OWAC launched The Story of Ibn Haytham - a production in partnership with UNESCO, as part of the 1001 Inventions World Tour - at the Kuwait Scientific Center. Fu

THE DIVAN

What can one say about the founders of the coolest cultural forum in town? Not only are they intelligent and culture-savvy, but each of them - Mohammed BenBader, Zainab Mirza, Mohammed El Salloul, and Samia Saade - exudes an aura of mystique and coolness that is inimitable and unique.  BenBader and Mirza are both voracious readers and incredibly talented, and as yet unpublished, writers; the

‘AWAKE IN THE GAME OF PRETENDING’ BOOK LAUNCH

Talented local writer (and regular bazaar contributor)  Nejoud Al-Yagout is hosting a launch event for her new book, Awake In The Game Of Pretending' on Monday 23rd September. The venue is Dar Hamad restaurant in Salmiya between 7-9pm. This is Nejoud Al-Yagout's second collection of poetry and chronicles a spiritual journey in six chapters: Awakening, Dark Night of the Soul, The Matrix, Realm,

USMAN CHOUDHRY: THE MAN BEHIND KUWAIT UPTO DATE

There’s something so secretive about bloggers. They seem to bring to light everyone and everything except themselves. If you are lucky, you can catch a glimpse of them at events, but even then, they exude an aura of mystique. If you happened to blink and miss a blogger, the best you can do is what I did: interview one! Everyone knows Kuwait UpTo Date, a blog that provides information about every

ONE-ON-ONE WITH TARA JEANA

This month I am introducing you to a word-wizard named Tara Jeana. It’s October. In most countries, winds are blowing, leaves are falling. And Tara’s writing, aptly, will also blow you away. Her stories, though poignant and at times graphic, are tempered with messages of love. Tara is acutely aware of life’s darkness, but she remains compassionate and present. As an English teacher, does

AWAKE IN THE GAME OF PRETENDING

The latest addition to our wonderfully talented team of contributing writers, Nejoud Al-Yagout, continues her love affair with poetry. While she writes for us and tends to the many literary works that surround her in the library, this fabulous librarian takes some time to tell us about her latest anthology. Awake in The Game of Pretending takes us on a “journey from disillusionment to self-reali

AN UNTITLED PEN

It isn’t everyday that one gets to meet a prodigy. However, I was one of the lucky ones, having had the serendipitous opportunity of chancing upon Rayan Abdul-Baki, a 15-year-old Lebanese genius living amongst us in K-city. If you haven’t heard of him yet, remember his name because this fellow is definitely going places! He published his first collection of poetry titled Words From the Sky at

GALAXY JUICE

By Nejoud Al-Yagout. Once in a while, an album comes along that shakes our core and leaves us panting for more. The album in question is Galaxy Juice’s Crystal Dunes. The name of the band is apt, because I felt like I drank some cosmic elixir and was swimming in the confines of the universe. A higher state, which takes years of meditation to master, can be yours just by listening to it. In part

BAZAAR’S WOMEN OF 2014

Happy International Women’s Day! Founded on the premise of celebrating women’s accomplishments and promoting global gender equality, the bazaar team commemorates this special occasion by looking to Kuwait and the pages of issues past to give you bazaar’s women of 2014.   The Authors Mai Al-Nakib Author, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Kuwait Univ

THIS IS AN IMPRINT

Forty something, Kuwaiti, woman, has career, and has hobbies. These are all labels that we, and many others, place on ourselves to give off a sense of identity. When asked to introduce herself Nejoud Al Yagout found the answer she had given hilarious, “It seems as though I’m on autopilot saying that. We come to Earth nameless, ageless, and nationless. Somehow I am beyond my age, name, and coun

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