August 7, 2019

Yemen Used to be" launches its first event in the capital Sana'a.


The Concept...

The event was an induction exhibition aimed at reaching a larger segment of the population and moving from the virtual world of Social Media to the scope of reality.

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Performance Music piece

The event included several activities that commenced with the performance of a music piece by the “Khafafi” band that highlighted several different Yemeni tunes which were produced specifically for the event.

Platform Founder Speech

Ahmed Alhagri, the founder of “Yemen Used to be” initiative then gave his introductory speech and explained its main objectives.

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Exclusive Video "Amal Balgoon"

Presented some videos of previous works, the most important of which was a short and exclusive video for the audience about the famous female announcer "Amal Balgoon".

The exhibition..

The exhibition included two sections, one under the title “Faces” while the second under the title “The Family Corner”.

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The section was dedicated for fifty remarkable figures of Yemeni among which are artists, musician and scholars who have left us unforgettable arts and legacies.

Family Corner..

The idea was to showcase original print-photos of special moments and memories taken for our parents during the period of the eighties. Photos were collected from families of different governates.

Photo Booth..

The event concluded with the attendees taking their photographs in an aesthetic 80s theme.

“There’s no present without a past,
and there’ll be no fruitful future
if its seeds aren’t planted in the present.”

Yemen used to be..

An art initiative that aims to alter stereotypes held about Yemen. Our platform directs its efforts in an artistic approach to change the negative image of Yemen in the eyes of those near and far. Within Yemen, people’s spirits have narrowed to a present where all they can see is the negativity around them. From this starting point, we changed focus and started telling stories about how ‘Yemen Used To Be’, and this is how our story starts.


We strive to..

Through such context and with a group of talented volunteers, we adopt various digital art mediums in two languages Arabic and English in order to reach a wider audience. Furthermore, we strive to go beyond the framework of social media by presenting content on the ground, through various exhibitions, events, and seminars on a local and international level.


Project Philosophy..

Through such a context, our platform directs its efforts in an artistic approach that meets our modern era’s atmosphere by adopting various digital art mediums in two languages i.e Arabic and English to reach a greater audience. We also believe in the power of real-life experience through the arrangement of interactive art exhibitions.


Our goal..

We seek to deliver the voice that lays in the hearts of Yemenis to the whole world. The voice of love, beauty, and hope, so we decided a group of young people of different ages, dreams, and inclinations to turn that toxic energy into an energy that strengthens the spirit of love for our nation which was weakened by conflict.


The Problem..

Due to circumstances of the war, a typical stereotype about Yemen has been so prevalent with search engines reflecting a distorted image of Yemen. Our team members, on the other hand, believe that there is a valuable history that is yet to be shared with the world.


We do the following:

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