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Eye of Riyadh: AlãanMini puts Riyadh’s little artists on the map

25th April 2015

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Alãan proudly announces its newest project AlãanMini – launching in time for Saudi Design Week.

AlãanMini nurtures the creative talent of your children, while showcasing unique local designs in children’s clothing, furniture and other objects. It’s the only Design Week event for mothers attending with children and the only event dedicated to designer children’s pieces.

The fun includes a huge mural map of Riyadh for children to come and help colour in. Your little ones can also take away a poster of the map to colour in at home. In addition, for five days in a row, we’ve got all the C’s covered to inspire the artist in your children: cutouts, clippies, cloths, collages, crayons, and cushions!

Alãan Founder Neama Al-Sudairi explains, “AlãanMini is our chance to enthuse children about art, at an event dedicated to beautiful pieces created for children, by local designers and artists.

“Saudi Design Week is the perfect opportunity to launch AlãanMini. Ours will be the only place dedicated to children in this week. Mothers can explore creative designs on sale for children, while their kids are immersed in creative workshops.

“A key part of our mission is to put Riyadh’s artist and design talent on the map. We are taking this quite literally with AlãanMini by inviting children to come and learn the about Riyadh’s landmarks, helping to colour in our huge mural map of the city.”

AlãanMini is the first in a new calendar of Alãan Projects, devised to promote local creativity and support talented independent designers.

Ms Al-Sudairi says, “Alãan Projects celebrates experimentation and entrepreneurship in the art of every day life. Alãan Projects is our opportunity to assemble designer events with arts education programming.

“We see it as a natural reaction to the crush of global brands that surrounds us. We are proud to present local and regional designers who articulate their own creative vision and craftsmanship in response to the mass-produced world.

“The success of Crate, Alãan’s popup designer showcase brand, opened our eyes to the overwhelming interest in Riyadh for local, limited edition designs for everyday living. Alãan Projects takes this one-step further by including education, workshops, talks and other related activities within unique events.”

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Alãan meaning Now is Riyadh’s key contemporary forum, at the heart of the city’s emerging arts scene. We foster the city’s growing arts community through exhibitions, event programmes and an important arts library. Through Alãan Projects we integrate arts education and community events with exhibitions showcasing unique local design talent. Our stunning exhibition space is deliberately set at street level, welcoming a relaxed, immersive experience.

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