Art Battle comes to Dhaka with a bang!

by Alvee Khan | Published: 19:38, Jul 19,2018 | Updated: 20:49, Jul 19,2018

 
 

ART Battle had their inauguration in Dhaka through a majestic spectacle on Friday, June 29. The wonderful evening of creativity and community was held at the MIDAS Center of the capital’s Dhanmondi. The event’s radio partner was Radio Next 93.2 FM and digital media partner was Studio Baklava, who shared and made the most exciting moments of Art Battle Dhaka. For the event, DJ Fahad Zaman kept the crowds occupied and host stand-up comedian Max Mystel kept the good vibes going the whole time. Beatbox Bangladesh also performed before the final round. There were stalls from Brownie Hut, Hulo Kraft and Nebula.
Art Battle Dhaka is a live painting tournament showcasing the talents of local artists. Art Battle was established in New York City back in 2001 to promote artists and artworks in a healthy competitive spirit. It’s an international painting competition that has been gaining momentum across the art arenas worldwide, producing more than 1,200 public events so far, hundreds of private and charity events, and dozens of high profile murals since its inception across the USA and Canada, and around the world. Art Battle Dhaka was orchestrated successfully with young and talented artists from all over the city, who gathered to entertain the crowd with their strokes of creativity.
A ticket for the grand spectacle was tk 300. Art Battle Dhaka received over 60 applications from artists, and among them, 16 were selected to participate in the first Art Battle Dhaka. The live competitive painting was in three rounds. In each of the first two, eight artists competed to turn a blank canvas into a crowd-favourite in twenty minutes. The organizers provide the artists with paints, canvas, water containers, mixing plates and cleaning towels. As the artists’ work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium for the artists was acrylic paint and the tools were brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. Once the time was up, the crowd was instructed to rip off a segment of their entry ticket and use that to vote for their favourite piece, then dropping it in an easel-adjacent bucket. The first and second place winners of round one and two went on to the final round where the whole process repeated, albeit with a 30-minute time limit.
The magical evening kept the audience and painters enamoured with the ambience adorned with beautiful art pieces that ranged from abstract to contemporary. Brownies, notebooks and sketchbooks were available for the guests and a DJ kept the groove rolling throughout the event. At the end, Venessa Kaiser was voted the champion of the first Art Battle Dhaka event. Saima Khan was the first runner-up, closely followed by Navid Newage as the second runner-up. When asked how she felt, Venessa Kaiser expressed her joy and welcomed such an initiative. She emphasized how the art scene is synonymous with the senior artists while the younger ones receive less opportunity to manifest their talents. She hoped it would continue to grow bigger. The beautifully executed event quenched the thirst of art-lovers of Dhaka and hopefully many more will arrive with grandeur.

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