Amsterdam's Arabic network
Plus New York's razorblade art, breaking taboos in Jordan and Argentine Flamenco.
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2009 13:02 GMT

Artsworld visits Amsterdam and is given an insight into the Dutch capital's multi-faceted cultural scene by local TV presenter Hanneke Schots.

We join a group of designers on a farm north of the city as they get a rare chance to meet up in person.

They are all members of a vibrant online community of more than 1,600 designers who are all interested in design collaborations between the Arab world and Europe

The idea is to create new script fonts from scratch that work both in latin and Arabic with the final projects to be displayed in Dubai and Amsterdam.

Flamenco enclave

Art is often a way of preserving a culture that has managed to survive against all odds.

Thousands of kilometres from Spain, in Argetnina, a community of gypsies are using the Flamenco to maintain their unity and traditions.
The Avenida de Mayo is one of  Buenos Aires´ most famous streets, a part of town where on any given night you can hear not the sound of tango, but of Flamenco.

Rania Kamhawi became Jordan’s first professional dancer over 20 years ago.
She now teaches a new generation of young Jordanians the many forms of world dance.

However, in a country where public displays of the body, are themselves a social statement, her efforts to bring public dance performances to Jordan have met resistance.

New York razorblade

A new face has burst on to the New York City arts scene.

Known as the "anti-consumerist Zorro, with a razorblade" his work is all over the Big Apple, a city caught up in the midst of global economic turmoil.

Blurring the line between art and graffiti POster Boy says he mixes political statements, anti-consumerism, and humour.

Artsworld meets the man who calls himself a "masked avenger"

Artsworld from Amsterdam can be seen from Monday July 7 at the following times GMT: Monday: 0530, 1130; Tuesday: 0130, 1400, 2330; Wednesday: 1630; Thursday: 1430; Friday: 0600; Saturday: 1930; Sunday: 1030

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