Pop-Up Piano phenomenon lands in Dubai this month

Time Out Dubai has information on the Pop-Up Piano phenomenon landing in Dubai this month. The music project launches at Ripe Market in Al Barsha Pond

It’s gone down a storm at Miami’s Art Basel, and now the Pop-Up Piano phenomenon is coming to Dubai.

If you fancy a casual tinkling of the ivories, now you can when the interactive project is showcased at Al Barsha Pond.

While the Ripe Market takes place on January 23, selling organic food and crafts to visitors, the public installation will debut in the UAE.

From there on out the Pop-Up Piano will available for use for a few more weeks.

The instrument has been given its own Arabic spin with calligrapher Majid Alyousef customising the piece with colourful strokes of blue, red and yellow.

His design is from the popular Mondrian series and demonstrates a representation of the word “Love”.

To kick things off, Lebanese pianist Maan Hamadeh and Saudi “flow artist” Teeba Alkhudairi will reinterpret a classic Arabic love song to the moves of hula hoop dancing.

Hamadeh first became well-known when he played Beethoven, followed by a cover of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On using a pop-up piano at Prague Airport. Since August 2014, the YouTube clip has received more than 25million views.

Noor Aldabbagh - curator and founder of creative platform, Banafsajeel, which is behind the project -wants it to reflect Dubai by fusing East with West and engaging the community.

The aim is also to make music more accessible to everyone in the emirate.

Check it out from 4.30pm on Saturday.

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