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The Radical Contemporary Podcast

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Radical Contemporary is a Digital Curator and Podcast based between Cairo, Dubai & Jeddah for the sharing, discovery and appreciation of artistic and personal expression in the MENA region & beyond. Radicals are people who notice things. We are observers. Artists. Writers. Designers. Musicians. Filmmakers. Intellectuals. Cultural Producers. Dreamers. Thought-leaders. We’re a community of Creators - who know that your biggest asset is your ability to ask questions, to critique & to converse with like-minded people. On Radical the conversation is always open … so hop on whenever you need a dose of creative genius & make sure to bring some coffee, tea, a snack? Whatever it is - the brain food is on us.

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Egypt

Description:

Radical Contemporary is a Digital Curator and Podcast based between Cairo, Dubai & Jeddah for the sharing, discovery and appreciation of artistic and personal expression in the MENA region & beyond. Radicals are people who notice things. We are observers. Artists. Writers. Designers. Musicians. Filmmakers. Intellectuals. Cultural Producers. Dreamers. Thought-leaders. We’re a community of Creators - who know that your biggest asset is your ability to ask questions, to critique & to converse with like-minded people. On Radical the conversation is always open … so hop on whenever you need a dose of creative genius & make sure to bring some coffee, tea, a snack? Whatever it is - the brain food is on us.

Language:

English

Contact:

01112000356


Episodes

Mothers Matter: Nahdet El Mansuria For Development

3/20/2024
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan visits the incredible women of the Mothers Matter Program at one of the Kindergartens of the Nahdet El Mansuria for Development Program in the El Mansuria district of Cairo, Egypt. The program strives to educate mothers within the short time period of 3 months on everything from the dangers of FMG, Breast Cancer Awareness, proper nutrition plans and balanced diets, raising children from infancy to adolescence, healthy family dynamics and the importance of playtime, promoting lack of violence, tools to combat harassment, and most importantly empowering the women to take care of themselves first so that they can better care for others. This episode will introduce you to the program as we speak to one of the co-founders and Board Members Nihal Mahmoud Sheta on the immense positive ripple effect the Mothers Matter educational program has had on underprivileged women, their children, their families and the communities at large. We also interview the women from these communities who were brave enough to launch as the first cohort of teachers to spread this knowledge with the guidance of Dr Lilian Hanna, Development Specialist and Psychologist, as well as the Director of the Mothers Matter Program. If you would like to contribute to the Mothers Matter Program please find the donation information below: Nahdet El Mansouria CHARITY Bank Account Ahly Bank of Kuwait Smart village branch Acct name. Nahdet El Mansouria for Development Acct no. 12766426 Swift ECBAEGCAXXX Instapay: +20 109 376 7895 This episode is powered by Egypt's leading skincare brand SESH for more information visit @simplysesh or www.simplysesh.com. Support the show

Duration:00:29:45

Nour Solo: Imperfect And Working On It

3/17/2024
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan records a solo from Abu Dhabi. This is a fun and introspective look at the nuances of routine, perfectionism, balancing work and life, if there is such a thing? And what the tangible tools are that Nour uses to get into a state of FLOW. If you're interested in learning how to embrace imperfection, cyclicality and flow especially in Ramadan, this is the perfect episode for you. For more episodes and to keep up with the RC community follow @radicalcontemporary. Support the show

Duration:00:13:24

421 Arts Campus Abu Dhabi

3/7/2024
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to the Director at 421 Arts Campus Faisal Al Hassan on the cultural strides that 421 has taken over the past several years in Abu Dhbai, the UAE and beyond, since its inception. Our second guest on the episode is Mays Al Beik, Palestinian Artist, Practitioner and Programs and Community Initiatives Manager at 421. We discuss the 421 ethos on program diversity and how the Arts Campus Program is continuously evolving. 421 Arts Campus, Abu Dhabi’s independent platform dedicated to supporting emerging creative practices, presents its Winter 2024: Entanglements. Running from January 12 to March 20, this season features two major exhibitions and new workshops and special events that focus on community and connection. Opening on February 11 are Network Culture, a group exhibition resulting from the Homebound Residency Program and Counting Fingers, a solo exhibition by artist Hana El-Sagini who is part of this year’s 421 Artistic Development Program. 421 Arts Campus is an independent platform dedicated to emerging artists and creative practitioners in the UAE and across the region. A site for research, learning and experimentation, 421 provides a nurturing environment for emergent creative practices and those who want to harness the arts as an agent for social inquiry and transformation. Located in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed, 421 presents a year-round program of exhibitions, talks, workshops, special events and educational initiatives that offer accessible learning opportunities to the wider community and the general public. Special thank you to the team at Rouya Consultancy. For more information visit @421.online or www.421.online. Support the show

Duration:00:32:51

Art Dubai 2024: A Moment for Community & Healing

3/7/2024
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to various stakeholders across Art Dubai 2024 including Simone Gibertoni Swiss CEO Clinique La Prairie, Sara Naim London-based Syrian artist, Alia Zaal Looteh Emirati Artist and Curator of the Dubai Collection show "Encounters", Hala Khayat Special Advisor for Art & Culture Art Dubai, Emirati Artist Mohamed Kazem, and Dr Christianna Bonin Curator of Art Dubai Modern and Professor at AUS. The episode also features excerpts from various talks at Art Dubai's 17th Edition of the Global Art Forum and the Art Business Conference Chaired by Aimee Dawson including a talk on the importance of Art Publications in telling the stories of Modern Arab artists with writer Mona Khazindar, MISK Institute, and Saudi Arabian Artist Lulwah AlHomoud. As well as the talk on Myrna Ayad's book ALCOVE, featuring a forward by Dr Nada Shabout and Sultan Al Qassemi of Barjeel Foundation on the panel. Art Dubai, the leading international art fair for the Middle East and Global South today opened its 2024 edition. The 17th edition, which runs from 1 – 3 March at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai welcomed over 120 contemporary, Modern and Digital gallery presentations – over 65% of which are drawn from the Global South. Since its founding in 2007, Art Dubai has sought to rethink the institutional role that an art fair can play in supporting the region’s evolving cultural ecosystem. Set against the backdrop of Dubai’s rapid growth, the breadth of Art Dubai’s programming includes significantly expanded partnerships, a wide-ranging education, talks and thought-leadership programme that reflects an increasingly mature local and regional creative scene. Art Dubai's partners this year included Piaget, BMW, A.R.M Holding, HUNA Living, and Madinat Jumeirah. For more information visit @artdubai. Support the show

Duration:01:00:26

Adib Dada: theOtherDada x Art Jameel for COP28

2/10/2024
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Adib Dada, the founder of theOtherDada, regenerative Beirut-Based consultancy and architecture practice. The episode dives into Tarabot: Weaving a Living Forum a pavilion designed by theOtherDada and commissioned by Art Jameel, showcasing innovative materials developed locally and inaugurated at COP28 Duabi, UAE. Tarabot is commissioned by Art Jameel and supported by Abdul Latif Jameel Saudi Arabia. The pavilion tells the story of the UAE’s landscapes through material and design, Tarabot is a pioneering, sustainable and immersive structure hosting talks, presentations and community programmes during COP28 and through April 2024. Jameel Arts Centre serves as a home during COP28 and beyond for multidisciplinary members of the local and the international community working across culture and climate change. Adib Dada, architect and founder of theOtherDada, said: “Tarabot is our first project that meaningfully bridges our work of building habitats for humans with building habitats for other organisms. By re-integrating our place within nature, we are able to offer a shared forum for humans and other organisms to thrive in the city. Tarabot – which means ‘to weave together’, offers a shared space for humans and other organisms to come together as interdependent equals, sharing food, water and habitat.” For more information visit @art_jameel and @theotherdada. Support the show

Duration:00:32:07

Antonia Carver: Art Jameel x theOtherDada for COP28

2/9/2024
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Antonia Carver, Director of Art Jameel. The episode dives into Tarabot: Weaving a Living Forum a pavilion designed by regenerative Beirut-Based consultancy and architecture practice theOtherDada founded by Adib Dada, showcasing innovative materials developed locally and inaugurated at COP28 Duabi, UAE. Tarabot is commissioned by Art Jameel and supported by Abdul Latif Jameel Saudi Arabia. The pavilion tells the story of the UAE’s landscapes through material and design, Tarabot is a pioneering, sustainable and immersive structure hosting talks, presentations and community programmes during COP28 and through April 2024. Jameel Arts Centre serves as a home during COP28 and beyond for multidisciplinary members of the local and the international community working across culture and climate change. Antonia Carver commented, “Tarabot is a radical space that pioneers exciting new research and architectural materials and also actively engages the community in thinking-in-public about a shared sustainable future. It illustrates in such a dynamic way Art Jameel’s long-term approach to foregrounding the role of the arts in addressing the climate crisis – from international collaborations such as the World Weather Network, to major grants programmes that fund artists to produce thematic work and institutions to decarbonise, such as the current regional Anhar: Culture and Climate Platform, in collaboration with the British Council, and UAE-based Research and Practice Platform, with Dubai Culture, through to our role convening a regional network of arts leaders and ecologists, with whom we are collectively publishing a bilingual sustainability charters and toolkits for the Middle East.” For more information visit @art_jameel and @theotherdada. Support the show

Duration:00:31:12

Nour Solo: Character Is Not Built On TikTok

1/30/2024
In this Solo episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks about the idea of building character outside of social media, the importance of figuring out who who are, the dangers of becoming a social clone and finally she gives three tangible takeaways as to how you can navigate social media and ultimately use it to your advantage. Enjoy xx Support the show

Duration:00:18:58

Alserkal Spotlight: Rashid Rana x Volte Art Projects

1/23/2024
Introducing The Radical Contemporary Podcast x Alserkal Avenue podcast Sustainability Spotlight mini-series in collaboration with Alserkal Avenue and hosted by Radical Contemporary founder Nour Hassan. These interviews were recorded and released during COP28, UAE, 2023. The series is focused on #actionism and is entitled "Actionists: Moving from Commitment to Action." Episode 3/4: In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Artist Rashid Rana, one of the most prominent artists in South Asia today. Rashid is notable for his pioneering works in new media art, pictorial strategies, and working in dramatically different modes; Rana has exhibited extensively at various galleries and museums globally. We speak about his current solo exhibition It Lies Beyond at Volte Art Projects at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE and how his creative process has evolved over the years and across cultures. Rana is a recipient of multiple awards including the Game Changer Asia Art Award and his works are in various public and private collections including the British Museum, London, Metropolitan Museum, New York, Fukuoka Museum of Art, Japan and Saatchi Collection, London. Rana’s recent design of the Pakistan Pavilion exterior at the World Expo 2020 Dubai received international acclaim. For more information visit @rashidranastudio and @volteartprojects. Support the show

Duration:00:33:57

Nour Solo: Lesan Ma3woog & Other Superpowers

1/21/2024
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks about the power and importance of language, harnessing your voice, accepting others, embracing our differences and how to combat judgement and negativity, and ultimately stick to your guns and continue to grow and succeed! Enjoy x Support the show

Duration:00:17:12

Alserkal Spotlight: Alice Audouin Art For Change 21 at COP28

1/14/2024
Introducing The Radical Contemporary Podcast x Alserkal Avenue podcast Sustainability Spotlight mini-series in collaboration with Alserkal Avenue and hosted by Radical Contemporary founder Nour Hassan. These interviews were recorded and released during COP28, UAE, 2023. The series is focused on #actionism and is entitled "Actionists: Moving from Commitment to Action." Episode 2/4: In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to multihyphenate Alice Audouin the Founder & Chair of non profit organization @artofchange21. Alice is also a Curator, Advisor, Author and Sustainability Advocate. On the occasion of the COP28 Climate Conference, taking place in Dubai, UAE, Art of Change 21 and Alserkal Initiatives are excited to collaborate and present the climate-related exhibition “Melting Point” by the French-Swiss artist Julian Charrière. On view at Alserkal Avenue, the show brings to light rarely seen perspectives of our planet’s polar regions. "The ecological transition is also a cultural transition. Art plays a crucial role in accompanying the change towards a lower-carbon society by giving sense and meaning to this new future. That is why we believe in bringing art to the table at the climate COP, with artist Hassan Hajjaj at COP22 in Morocco in 2018 or John Gerrard at COP26 in 2021 in Glasgow. This year, we are thrilled to work with Julian Charrière, a close partner since 2021, who is very concerned by climate change, as well as Alserkal Initiatives, whose expertise and commitment to promoting socially-responsible and forward-thinking art make them a perfect collaborator in this important and unique exhibition." - Alice Audouin, Founder-President of Art of Change 21. Since its creation in 2014 just ahead of the COP21 in Paris, Art of Change 21 has played a key role during COP Climate (Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) attending every year and merging art, culture and sustainability. For more information visit @alice.audouin and @artofchange21. Support the show

Duration:00:34:55

Mai Yackout: Model Behavior

1/13/2024
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Egyptian Model Mai Yackout. Mai is a young Hijabi model breaking barriers and carving out her own path in industry. With her unique look and killer fashion sense, Mai takes us through what it takes to make it on your own, and against all odds, in the most grueling industry of all: Modeling. We speak about how she started, being veiled but also creating her own specific style even within the Hijabi community, the pros and cons of working with an agency and finally the world of social media and how it can be both a blessing and a curse for a young aspiring model. To check out Mai's work visit @maiyackout_. Support the show

Duration:00:40:32

Nour Solo: The RC Gift Guide

12/24/2023
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan takes you through the first RC gift guide for the Holidays, New Year and beyond. Enjoy and happy holidays Radical ones! Find all of the mentioned brands on Instagram tagged @radicalcontemporary. Support the show

Duration:00:15:40

Hassan Nasr: The Giving Gates

12/22/2023
In this special holiday episode of The Radical Contemporary Podcast founder Nour Hassan speak to CEO of Gates Developments Hassan Nasr on their impactful initiative this season called The Giving Gates. Gates Developers are hosting a transformative Christmas event at Espana Plaza Mall, centred around the spirit of giving back to the community. This initiative, spanning from December 15th to January 7th on weekends, aims to unite families in joyful activities while supporting notable foundations. Espana Plaza Mall's three gates symbolise Hope, Love, and Humanity, each aligned with specific charitable causes. The "Hope" gate partners with Baheya Foundation, "Love" aligns with Magdi Yacoub's Foundation, and "Humanity" supports the Egyptian Food Bank for Palestine. Furthermore, the interview covers Espana Plaza in Sheikh Zayed and the future of Gates Developments and of course what comes next. PR by Clannish Communications. Support the show

Duration:00:07:30

Nadia Zarkani & Carole Nathan: NUNIZ

12/22/2023
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to the co-founders of NUNIZ Cairo Nadia Al Zarkani and Carole Nathan. Founded in 2009 by Nadia, NUNIZ Cairo emerged from a steadfast dedication to precision and quality. Over the span of 15 years, Nadia embarked on a journey of mastering the art of bag making and imparted her team with a global perspective on fashion. In 2021, the fateful reunion of Carole, the bold visionary, and Nadia, the embodiment of beauty, reshaped Nuniz's narrative. In 2021, the fateful reunion of Carole, the bold visionary, and Nadia, the embodiment of beauty, reshaped Nuniz's narrative. NUNIZ Cairo has embarked on many milestones since, hiring a full in-house team, opening a store at the Grand Egyptian Museum, launching their first Men's collection "Bahawat" and more. To check out the full NUNIZ Cairo collection visit www.nuniz-cairo.com. Support the show

Duration:00:28:27

Noha El Sherbiny: Styling Your Life

12/12/2023
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Egyptian lifestyle and fashion influencer Noha El Sherbiny. Noha's passion for fashion started since she was a little girl, growing up she realized that she's more into styling that actually making clothes. Noha is not only a fashion influencer but believes in "styling your life", including clothes, art, food, accessorizing and everything else. We speak about getting married at a young age and being a young mom, the responsibility of making a home while also trying to come back to herself and her passion. Noha started blogging on Instagram on November 18th 2013, capturing her outfits and inspiring women with her creative style, while spreading the positive message that just because you are married and a mom, that does not mean you can't have your own sense of identity and true personal style! For lifestyle inspiration follow @satisfashionbysn on Instagram. Support the show

Duration:00:35:47

Jean Pierre Khoury: The Dream Dress

12/12/2023
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Lebanese couture and Bridal designer Jean Pierre Khoury. JPK has dressed some of the world's biggest stars such as Yasmine Sabri, Mary J Blige, Myriam Fares and more. He is also the designer who created the iconic and timeless masterpiece that is Nour Hassan's wedding dress. JPK's interest in the fashion industry can be traced back to the year 2000, when he was just four years old. Growing up in a household with a fashion designer mother and a painter and pianist father fostered an environment that was rich in artistic expression. Spending time with his mother Isabella Boustany at her atelier honed his skills and provided him with an early advantage in the industry. To check out the mystical world of JPK visit @jean.pierre.khoury or @jeanpierrekhoury.bridal. Support the show

Duration:00:44:30

Louis Barthélemy: Oribe x Kahhal Looms "Eternal Rituals"

12/12/2023
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan interviews French artist Louis Barthélemy on his cross-cultural collaboration with Egyptian heritage handmade rugs staple Kahhal Looms and luxury hair care icon Oribe, bringing ancient Egypt to life with the "Eternal Rituals" limited-edition holiday box sets. Kahhal Looms and Barthélemy, reunite to create an astounding tapestry that was unveiled December 2023 at an Oribe event in Los Angeles. The initial partnership between Kahhal Looms, who’s long-rooted legacy is renowned for excellence in artisanship in handmade rugs, and Barthélemy, a multidisciplinary artist with a deep commitment to preserving traditional crafts, birthed the phenomenal, “Weaving Eternity” collection presented at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Egypt. The second collaboration between the two, reinforces Barthelemy's fascination with blending the rich history of ancient Egypt and the exceptional craftsmanship of Kahhal Looms. For more information and to shop the box sets visit @oribe or www.oribe.com. Support the show

Duration:00:26:00

Nour Solo: Be First or Be Sheep

12/4/2023
In this solo episode our founder Nour Hassan shares a principle she calls "Be First or Be Sheep" ™️. Topics covered include how to identify and harness your taste, how to avoid following the herd and the responsibility that comes with being an early adopter aka First Mover Advantage. Enjoy! This episode is brought to you by Prada. #BornInRoma Support the show

Duration:00:17:32

Alserkal Spotlight: Martin Renck Co-Founder of WAYOUT

12/3/2023
Introducing The Radical Contemporary Podcast x Alserkal Avenue podcast Sustainability Spotlight mini-series in collaboration with Alserkal Avenue and hosted by Radical Contemporary founder Nour Hassan. These interviews were recorded and released during COP28, UAE, 2023. The series is focused on #actionism and is entitled "Actionists: Moving from Commitment to Action." Episode 1/4: In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to the co-founder of water sustainability platform and solutions provider WAYOUT. Wayout is a new drinking water solution revolutionizing the way we produce and access perfect drinking water while reducing our environmental impact to an absolute minimum. Wayout drinking water is always 100% locally sourced, 100% plastic free and scientifically perfected with a naturally balanced pH and mineral composition. For more information visit www.wayout.com. Support the show

Duration:00:30:23

Lydia Schoonderbeek: Source Beauty

11/14/2023
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Source Beauty founder Lydia Schoonderbeek. Lydia has over 15 years’ experience in the fashion industry. Lydia has dual heritage, Dutch and Egyptian and has lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Leeds (UK), Munich and London. She recently completed her MBA in fashion from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. Alongside her MBA she was the Managing Editor at Cairo West Advertising, a publishing group in Cairo, Egypt for five years. She worked at Harrods UK for a number of years as a member of the senior management team responsible for all departments, namely as an Executive Assistant to HR Director and Retail Director, and was involved in managing the operations of a luxury department store. Previously, she was a Senior Account Manager for an Italian luxury licensing company which designed eyewear for Vivienne Westwood, Missoni, Moschino and Dunhill. She studied at Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), Business Information Management and German, and whilst doing this she also gained work experience in fashion at Harvey Nichols. In 2016, Lydia founded Source Beauty, which began as a blog that simplified the often-intimidating beauty world. A couple of years later, in 2018, Source Beauty transitioned and became the first Egyptian beauty e-commerce company, focusing on local and price-friendly products for all of your beauty needs. Our platform features over 90 brands, and over 3,500 products, making Source Beauty a go-to in the Egyptian beauty industry. For more information and to shop 100+ brands visit www.sourcebeauty.com. Instagram @sourcebeauty. Support the show

Duration:00:37:13