Guest artists and performers at the Mangroves Festival

We would like to mention and thank all our guests artists and performers for participating in the Mangroves from the Water Festival this year!

Fatma Lootah

Studied art at the Baghdad Art Academy and the American University, Washington DCUSA. Fatma has lived and worked in Verona since 1984. She is highly regarded for having blended art to meld cultural barriers between East and West (

Karam Salahie

I was born in 1990 in Aleppo, Syria. My passion for music began when I was a child, I was always interested in many types of music genre specially oriental so I learned how to play the Oud.   I graduated from the Arab music institution in 2008,

I played in many music bands during the time I was at college.  I have  played music with the SharQ orchestra, and many other single performances around  UAE .  At the end I am an  incredibly thankful to have a supportive family that encourages me to keep playing.

Karam Salahie

Mohamed Abou El Naga

A multidisciplinary visual artist, professor, curator and consultant. Mohamed has produced internationally recognised work and created award winning art projects. He is a graduage of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria and later gained a master’s degree in Fine Arts and a PHD in Philosophy (

Morana Culinovic Kalajzic, Hula hoop performer and flow artist. Born in Croatia, currently living in Umm Al Quwain, UAE. Dancing and performing theatre arts since age 9. Currently teaching hula hoop dance classes at Flowground, Dubai and Al Taleb center in Ras Al Khaimah.


Sebastiano Sofia was born in Verona in 1986, he graduated in visual arts in Milan. In his work he tries to interact with the natural elements with man-made materials, creating alien organisms. In this sculpture coral becomes saturated with artificiality and color turning into another being.

Joan Stephenson is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor. Her aim is to transmit the teachings of classical yoga with an authentic approach. Her focus is on alignment and breath awareness, with the goal of bringing students into a state of unity. Joan has studied many styles of Hatha Yoga, including Sivananda, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Ashtanga.



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