TalentS|KCA Travels

It’s been a busy few months for TalentS|KCA, a non-exhaustive list, we have:

  • Recruited, trained and are continuing to mentor a team of Mediators for the Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • Developed and produced a show for Lema, to be premiered at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival
  • Trained and mentored teams to deliver two shows at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival
  • Delivered three modules of training for teams at the Sheikh Abduallh Al Salem Cultural Centre, Kuwait’s newest complex of museums

And this week, Gaetan is back at the Energy Exhibit in Dhahran to see familiar faces, and continue to build the capacity of the team there with bespoke training sessions.

Find out more about our training at the Louvre and the Mediators’ experiences and VIP tours on the TalentS|KCA blog.

As we approach the end of 2017, we’re going to be reflecting on the year and our projects in a series of posts. Check back throughout December to see our highlights.


Astana Expo Comes to an End

After three months of operations, Astana Expo drew to an end this week.

The event in Kazakhstan’s capital welcomed over 400 million visitors and took them on a journey into the theme of ‘Future Energy’.

The Saudi Pavilion showcased the Kingdom’s role and commitment to shaping future energies and sustainable solutions. We recruited and trained a wonderful team of Guides who exemplified the spirit and hospitality of the country. Throughout the course of Expo, the Guides engaged visitors with the stories and content in the Pavilion and helped thousands try on traditional Saudi dress.

We’re thrilled to have consistently been in the top most visited pavilions- welcoming over 740,000 visitors over the course of Expo.

It’s been a great three months in the Kazakh capital, but until next time- Астанаға қоштасу.

Images courtesy of Hypsos.

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Transition Emerging Middle Eastern Artists

Last Wednesday, we were welcomed by the Menier Gallery to the exhibition opening of Transition: Emerging Middle Eastern Artists. The three week long exhibition is running from the 15th August to the 2nd of September in the South East London gallery. The works pertain to how the Arab region has seen a transition both collectively and individually.

The diverse artworks range from calligraphy, sculptures, paintings and photography, to neon light and video installations, live performances and zines. The works prompt the viewers to engage in a dialogue about how artists from the Arab region are transitioning through life.

Over 30 emerging Middle Eastern Artists participated in the exhibition, a highlight of which exhibition is Ayham Jbar’s ‘Two Worlds’. The surreal collages merge iPhone photos of Damascus with vintage illustrations of space. In his works, Ayham shares his love of science fiction films, stories and films and uses the mix of mediums and eras to draw parallels to the Syrian civil war.

These works of art showcase a diverse and refreshing selection of work that encourages the viewer to engage in a dialogue about the power of connection and the complexities of change geographically, personally or artistically.



Saudi Pavilion in Top Ten Again!

This week we were very excited to find out that the Saudi Pavilion is once again in the top 10 most visited pavilions at the Astana Expo.

Other most visited pavilions included those from Russia, Japan and India.

For the full list visit the official Astana Expo website.

Expo has been open for two months and has seen well over 2 million visitors. With one month to go, we’re excited to continue welcoming guests to the Saudi Pavilion and celebrate Saudi National Day on the 22nd August.



كما يعتبر الجناح السعودي من بين العشر الأجنحة الأكثر زيارة في المعرض.

يقام معرض “إكسبو2017 “حاليًا في كازاخستان، أستانا ويعتبر ثالث أكبر حدث دولي والذي يستقبل ملايين الزوار خلال ثلاثة أشهر حيث تشارك فيه 115 دولة، إضافة إلى 18 جهة ومنظمة دولية.
تشارك المملكة العربية السعودية في هذا الحدث الدولي المهم في جناح تُشرف عليه مدينة الملك عبدالله للطاقة الذرية والمتجددة، بعنوان “طاقة المستقبل”. يهدف المعرض لتثقيف الجمهور بالموارد المتاحة للإنسان وتطوير استخدام الطاقة المستدامة في ضوء رؤية المملكة 2030. استقطب الجناح السعودي منذ افتتاحه في يونيو الماضي نخبة من القادة وكبار الشخصيات، وعددًا كبيرًا من الزوار حيث وصل عدد الضيوف الذين استقبلهم الجناح من مختلف الأعمار والجنسيات إلى أكثر من 300 ألف زائر. كما يعتبر الجناح السعودي من بين العشر الأجنحة الأكثر زيارة في المعرض.
يستمتع زوار الجناح السعودي برحلة ممتعة، يجوبون خلالها مناطق المملكة المختلفة ويستعرضون أهم معالمها ويتابعون تطورها على مختلف الأصعدة العمرانية والصناعية والاقتصادية. كل يوم تقريبًا يحتفل المعرض بالأيام الوطنية من مختلف البلدان، حيث سيحتفل جناح المملكة باليوم الوطني في 22 أغسطس 2017 وستقام فعاليات متميزة ومتنوعة تعزز التراث الثقافي والهوية الوطنية، متضمنة أعمال فوتوغرافية عن المملكة ورسم مباشر أمام الزوار عن التراث السعودي كما سيحظى الزائر بتجربة الزي السعودي والاستمتاع بالفن الموسيقي الشعبي.


Saudi in the Top 5 Most Photographable Pavilions

This week Expo 2017 have compiled a list of the top 5 pavilions to take the most interesting and unusual photos in. And, we’re very happy that the Saudi Pavilion has been included!

There are lots of exciting photo opportunities inside the Pavilion, from having your photo taken next to portraits of the royal family, to posing with Fatima the Falcon and wearing traditional Saudi dress.

Check out the official Astana Expo Instagram account for a video of the top 5 pavilions, and the Saudi Expo account for more photos of the event. Here are some of our favorite pictures so far:


Recent Adventures

Gaetan’s quite the jet-setter and he’s certainly been living up to this reputation recently and travelling across much of the GCC region.

He’s had a busy few weeks which have seen him training presenters to deliver a flight-themed science show for the Abu Dhabi Education Council, performing at the Think Science Festival in Dubai, and visiting and mentoring the Energy Exhibit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

He’s currently back in the London office and between catching up with emails and developing exciting new things, he’s going to be writing a blog about his adventures. Stay tuned…!


TalentS|KCA at Think Science, Dubai

Next week the TalentS|KCA team are returning to Dubai for the annual Think Science Fair.

The three-day event in the heart of Dubai provides an opportunity for students to engage with industry professionals, learn about cutting-edge research, try hands-on demonstrations, and be inspired by large scale science shows.

Think Science aims to develop the science skills of young people in the UAE and connect them with the wider world of technology and industry, showcasing the wealth of opportunities open to them within the sector.

Gaetan and Khaled will be back at the show again this year, inspiring visitors with daily explosive and phenomena-based science shows during the fair. This year we have also developed a series of science busking activities and trained volunteers to present them throughout the event.

The show runs from the 18-20th April at the Dubai World Trade Centre. For further information see the poster below (it even features our very own Gaetan).



Storytelling at the Etihad Museum

Last week Ant, Annie and Claire were in Dubai to continue our work with the Etihad Museum.

Ant worked with the Senior Management Team and provided mentorship for the newly opened Museum.

Claire has been developing Family and School Resources over the past few months and was in Dubai to go through some of the finishing touches for them and evaluation processes. It’s been a really exciting and creative project and we’re very much looking forward to being able to share more soon!

Annie was back in Dubai and working with the Museum’s guides once more, this time training them to deliver the elementary school program. The program takes the form of an interactive storytelling which tells the story of the unification of the United Arab Emirates and the Founding Fathers who made it possible.

Storytelling is integral to Emirati culture and the guides were very excited for the activity as an elementary school offer. They were very enthusiastic in training, adding personal touches into their delivery and learning how stories can effectively engage young visitors. More details about the elementary (and middle and high school) program coming soon..!


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