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27 October, 2014

Prominent contemporary artists and emerging talents come together as 7th MOCAfest opens today in Dubai

Dubai, October 27, 2014The 7th MOCAfest (Marketplace of Creative Arts), the WIEF Foundation's arts and culture festival, opens today in Dubai on the sidelines of the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum with the participation of some of the established talents from around the world. Organised in partnership with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the event will help bring the creative and business

Prominent contemporary artists and emerging talents come together as 7th MOCAfest opens today in Dubai
Three-day event on sidelines of 10th World Islamic Economic Forum to contribute to closer interactions between creative and business worlds
Dubai, October 27, 2014

The 7th MOCAfest (Marketplace of Creative Arts), the WIEF Foundation's arts and culture festival, opens today in Dubai on the sidelines of the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum with the participation of some of the established talents from around the world. Organised in partnership with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the event will help bring the creative and business world closer and give a platform for emerging creative artists to display their works on an international stage.

The three-day MOCAfest features thought-provoking dialogue and networking sessions, leadership workshops, art residencies, film screenings and artistic collaborations. A visual art exhibition and live installations as well as musical showcases from around the world will make the MOCAfest a lively event right from day one. The MOCAfest also includes a masterclass under the direction of expert trainers.

Speaking ahead of a panel discussion on fashion trends within the Muslim communities, Alia Khan, founder of Islamic Fashion Design Council, said: "Dialogue on Islamic fashion, and the way in which it is artistically developing through societies across the world is interesting and speaks to the range of Muslims we have globally.  We are seeing a new generation of Muslim fashionistas and stylists combining mainstream fashion with Islamic style, which makes this an interesting development from the traditional way it was." 

Alia further stated:  "We expect that the MOCAfest panel discussion on the metamorphosis of Islamic fashion will highlight, among many things, two main issues - the challenges Islamic designers face today in successfully managing their businesses, and how Islamic fashion is expected to flourish while ensuring Islamic faith and values are not compromised.  IFDC has produced this panel discussion on Islamic Fashion in order to encourage dialogue that is inclusive of all tastes, cultures, and opinions."

Other prominent names at the MOCAfest include visual artists Mohammed Langston Hues, renowned photographer from the US; graphic artist Peter Gould from Australia and visual artist Ruh Al Alam from the UK, both co-founders of Peter&Ruh; Iona-Fournier-Tombs, muralist from Canada; Beatiz Martinez Gomes, leather artisan from Spain; Saif Aldamen, founder and choreographer, SS Curls, UAE; Peter Sanders, international award-winning photographer from the UK; and Karim Jabbari, street calligrapher from Tunisia.

The 10th World Islamic Economic Forum is being organised by the WIEF Foundation in collaboration with Dubai Chamber, as part of its efforts to support the vision of the emirate to become the global capital of Islamic economy.

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About the 10th WIEF:
Following the remarkable success of the 9th WIEF, the first to be held outside of the Muslim world; London, which attracted 18 Heads of State and Government, 46 Ministers, 7 Central Bank Governors and 2,700 delegates from 128 countries, the WIEF is celebrating its 10th year this year.

The 10th World Islamic Economic Forum (10th WIEF) will be convened this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Gulf region.

The 10th WIEF is a high level platform for leading global government leaders, captains of industries, academic scholars, regional experts, professionals, corporate managers, policy makers, innovators, business leaders and investors to network and discuss opportunities for business partnerships in the Muslim world. The Forum will address a myriad of current economic and business related issues with the objective of generating innovative and creative solutions to transform the global economy and promoting business collaborations.

Being hosted in Dubai for the first time, the 10th WIEF Forum will be held at Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre Dubai on 28 - 30th October 2014 with an arching theme 'Innovative Partnerships for Economic Growth' that seeks to position Dubai as a leader of halal industries and raising economic landscape to new horizons. Dubai offers an excellent platform for the WIEF as one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It has emerged as a tourism, trade and logistics hub which has earned the reputation of being the 'gateway between the east and the west'.

The Forum is expected to attract more than 2,500 participants from all around the world. It is in collaboration between the WIEF Foundation, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Dubai Capital of Islamic Economy.

The WIEF has previously held forums in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Kuwait, Pakistan and United Kingdom, and aims to bring together Muslim and non-Muslim communities through the common language of business.

For more information, please visit the 10th WIEF website www.10thwief.org

About the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation:
The WIEF Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in Kuala Lumpur, organises the annual World Islamic Economic Forum, a world-class business platform showcasing business opportunities in the Muslim world. The Foundation also runs programmes under the WIEF Businesswomen Network (WBN), WIEF Young Leaders Network (WYN) and the WIEF Education Trust (WET) and the WIEF Roundtable Series, aimed at strengthening people partnership and knowledge exchange between Muslim and non-Muslim communities across the globe. Some of the Foundation's initiatives include the roundtable discussions, leadership programmes, knowledge transfer and skill development workshops, business networking forums, internship and scholarship programmes, the Young Fellows Programme and the Marketplace of Creative Arts Festival (MOCAfest). For more information on the WIEF Foundation, please visit www.wief.org.

About Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry:
Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.

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