Order up, Mashriq


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Image by Majed Fayad

‘Order up, Mashriq’ is a contemporary installation piece—a public, remote, and monumental sculpture that displays iconic sounds enveloped by the barren landscape of the Mashriq area (the region of the Middle East).

For one night only, MPavilion will transform into a thrillingly dystopian space of strange sounds and alluring, disorientating visions.

Traverse the landscape of the Queen Victoria Gardens to encounter a public Arabian bar, that may (or may not) be a mirage. Be taken on a journey through constructed live audio of arabesque music echoing the sounds of singers like Umm Kulthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Farid al-Atrash, Fairuz, Warda and many more… Meet mysterious bartenders and musicians, who will tell tales of living in a post-social-distancing / post-climate-catastrophe world.

Developed during the artist Majed Fayad’s residency at Testing Grounds in May 2021, ‘Order up, Mashriq’ never got the chance to be launched publicly because of the pandemic—until now.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.