The Cultural Frontline



The Cultural Frontline: where arts and news collide.

We meet the high school student, Rayouf Alhumedhi, who is trying to change the world of emojis. Rayouf tells the Cultural Frontline about how, with the help of Unicode's Jenny Lee, she set out on a campaign to create an emoji for women who wear hijabs.

Tina Daheley goes on a tour of the futuristic exhibition, 'Zhongguo 2185' and speaks to its curator Victor Wang about its artistic vision of China in the year 2185.

The British-Zambian poet, Kayo Chingonyi talks about how he bridges cultures through his life and his work and we hear from the Swedish photographers responding to President Trump’s criticisms of their country through their book “Last Night in Sweden.”

(Picture: Hijabi Emoji: Picture Credit: Aphee Messer)

Presenter: Tina Daheley
Producer: Mugabi Turya

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The Iranian artist who went from a Calais migrant camp to animating for Elton John.

From the migrant camps of Calais to the red carpets of the Cannes Film Festival, we meet the artist who brought Elton John's Rocket Man to life through his animation. Iranian refugee Majid Adin tells the story of his time in Calais' migrant camp "The Jungle" and how he came to make a music video that has now been watched over 11 million times online.

Tina Daheley talks to Rahima Gambo, the Nigerian artist tackling the legacy of Boko Haram through her imagery and we hear from Mexican author, Valeria Liuselli who speaks on behalf of migrant children in the USA through her writing and through her work as a court translator.

Plus we meet Chyno, the rapper responding to conflict through the beats, rhymes and life of Syrian hip-hop.

Presenter: Tina Daheley
Producer: Mugabi Turya

(Picture: Still from Rocket Man Animation Picture Credit: Majid Adin and Stephen McNally)