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Radical Contemporary is a creative platform and community organization based between Cairo, Egypt & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the sharing, discovery and appreciation of artistic and personal expression in the MENA region & beyond. Our motto is: "Learn something new everyday." Radicals are people who notice things. We are observers. Artists. Writers. Designers. Musicians. Filmmakers. Intellectuals. Cultural Producers. Dreamers. Thought-leaders. We’re a community of Creators - who know that you ...
 
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In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speak to Egyptian Montenegrin actress, model and podcast host Tara Emad. We speak about being creative from a young age, the pressures and benefits of fame, staying healthy to ensure challenging working hours, using your voice to shed light on important causes such as Bullying, and the joys of truly loving wh…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Rebecca Odeh a Jordanian fitness professional, Guinness world recorder holder, founder of the infamous Bikini Bootcamp, runner, black belt, TV presenter and overall advocate for living an active life. We speak about finding the sport that works for you, waking up at 4AM to stay ahead, running throug…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to one of Egypt’s most celebrated abstract expressionist painters Britt Boutros Ghali. Born in Norway, Britt has shown her artwork across Europe from Norway to France to Germany and Back - she started her career in the fashion industry modeling for fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Mona Hamdy who is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in Applied Ethics at Harvard Business School. A native of Egypt and the United States, her research examines modern morality for the 21st century—one based on common values of meaning, story, and holistic existence in our hyperconnected machine a…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Celine Hajjar founder of sustainable fashion label NAFSI. Celine is based Canada and sources her materials from around the world including Egypt. In 2017 she began working on NAFSI a brand that promises high quality hand-crafted garments that are kind to your skin and to the environment. She officia…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Creative Lana Sawiris, who is currently the Art Director at American apparel and streetwear brand KITH. Lana grew up in Cairo, moved to Paris for high school, then studied Strategic Design at Parsons The New School in New York City. Lana’s entrepreneurial nature allowed her to work across the creati…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Fashion Psychologist and founder of Pstyled Yasmina Nessim. Yasmina completed her masters in Fashion Psychology at London College of Fashion and founded her business Pstyled in 2019 in an attempt to raise awareness on the potential of using fashion psychology as a means of maximizing well-being. Pst…
 
In this episode I speak to Saudi Arabian photographer Hayat Osamah. Hayat is a fascinating creative who is both self-taught and self-made. Hayat’s photography career took off after shooting a campaign for Farfetch Middle East in 2017 - she is since shot several Farfetch editorials and brand campaigns. Her work has been featured by major brands like…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Osama Chabbi a French-Tunisian stylist based in Dubai. Born and raised in Lyon, Chabbi moved to Dubai over 2 years ago to pursue his career in fashion. After freelance styling for a year and a half, Osama is now a Private Client Stylist at Farfetch Middle East. He has styled some of the biggest infl…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Pakistani Saudi Arabian Independent Curator and Artist Zahra Dar Bundakji. We speak about her experience leaving Jeddah for college in Montreal and ending up at art school in San Francisco, starting MMEAN - a platform to advocate for Middle Eastern artists, the cultural shifts that have occurred in …
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to French-Persian Creative, DJ and Model Parvané Barret. We speak about her experience skipping college to pursue a career in the creative industries, starting a fashion blog before Instagram was established, a breakthrough shoot with Gucci that lead to opportunities and real influence, her visual diar…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to creative consultant and luxury goods brand manager Shooq Al Shawi. We speak about how the pandemic has shifted our industry, consulting for luxury and Jewellery brands such as MKS Jewellery, the importance of creating an experience for the consumer, and the coexistence of art and philanthropy. To re…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Palestinian-Syrian model, creative and influencer Lana Al Beik. We speak about the challenges behind accessing the creative industry, long hours on set to get the perfect shot, the sacrifices and obstacles to become a model in the Middle East, securing shoots with prestigious brands such as Love Val…
 
In this bonus episode you'll be listening to our founder Nour Hassan's TEDx Youth Talk hosted in Cairo, Egypt entitled "Defining Radical". The story of building a brand that aimed to change the status quo of the creative industry, tap into a gap int he market, and introduce the creative process through innovation and collaboration. Nour talks about…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Syrian Cuban artist Jason Seife. Jason's carpet murals on canvas and concrete are pieces that have gone viral in the digital art realm. They are detail-oriented, meticulously crafted works of art that honor the traditional ancient craft of carpet making. Jason speaks about the road to becoming an ar…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Egyptian fashion designers Nahed Kazziha and Nadia El Tawil the founders of luxury sleepwear brand PJ LAB as well as activist Molk Said the founder of social support platform Eed Wahda that engages, enables, and empowers all survivors of abuse. We speak about the power of collaboration between art, …
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Jordanian fashion designer and innovator Tania Haddad the founder of conscious fashion brand Tania George. The employs Arab tailors, Arab models, Arab photographed and creatives and is in many ways a love letter to Jordan. With its quirky designs and distinctive pastel color palette, Tania George ha…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Saudi Arabian fashion designer Arwa Al Banawi. Arwa’s brand is a pioneering contemporary Saudi Arabian fashion label, her collection empowers the Arab Women with statement pieces like the ‏حياتها blazer. We speak about growing up in Jeddah, witnessing the changes that took place in the Kingdom of Sa…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to French-Egyptian Fashion Buyer, influencer and over all fashion guru Ines Gohar. Ines worked for 8 years as a Fashion Buyer touring the world’s fashion capitals to buy high-end luxury brands and couture for the first international department store in Egypt BEYMEN. We speak about the series of interns…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Sabrina Sadiq the founder of preloved luxury goods platforms Luxury Promise. We speak about authentication and how to identify counterfeit products, investing in luxury bags, which bags are considered timeless pieces, starting an online retail business and how the Hermès Birkin appreciates over time…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Egyptian physiotherapist and athlete Amina Naguib the founder of an infamous workout facility which uses mega-former machines called B-URN. Her brand’s motto #TheHappy and the culture she’s built around B-URN have changed the way people react and interact in the space of fitness in Egypt. We talk ab…
 
In this month’s bonus episode our co-host Yasmine Kenawi speaks to Egyptian tennis legend and star, Ismail El Shafei - who also happens to be her grandfather. Ismail is the only Egyptian who has reached the top twenty in the global ATP rankings. During the 60s, he won Wimbledon Junior, which paved the way to his tennis career. He was famous for bea…
 
In this episode our co-host Yasmine Kenawi speaks to one of Egypt’s biggest fitness coaches and Befit founder, Aly Mazhar. At a young age, Aly found himself immersed in the world of sports with a passion of becoming a football star. Years later, he founded BeFit. It started with him training a small group of friends, and quickly turned into an empi…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Cross Fit Trainer and record breaking athlete Mohamed Auf on taking up sports as a career by accident, breaking records by pure coincidence, starting an Instagram account because of Nike and becoming one of the first Egyptian Nike Brand Ambassadors. We speak about the state of the sports industry in…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to record breaking athlete and Nike Brand Ambassador and trainer, rowing record breaker, marathon runner, aerobics and CrossFit instructor and overall advocate for the importance 'moving' your body Asmaa Al Zohairy. We speak about curiosity leading to a shift in lifestyle, rediscovering the city though…
 
In this episode our co-host Yasmine Kenawi speaks to Egypt’s favorite yogi and health coach Farah Nofal. Farah started off her fitness journey as a weightlifter and a few years later has finally found her calling, yoga. She managed to cultivate a huge social media presence, which helped her land an ambassadorship with Nike. We talk about the import…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Manal Waqi co-founder of The Amanqi Edit a consulting platform and multi-purpose digital platform based between Dubai, London, and Switzerland. Dedicated to supporting emerging brands and businesses in the region. Nour speaks to Manal about how she started The Amanqi Edit, how to go about networking…
 
In this episode our co-host Yasmine Kenawi speaks to Egyptian born beauty and lifestyle guru Soraya Shawky who is now residing in Dubai and in the past few years has built an Instagram family of over 170k. Soraya has collaborated with brands like L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Lula Ru, and many more as well as creating her own hair extension line, and workin…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Hussein Bahgat the co-founder of Social Specialty Coffee, a specialty coffee shop based in Cairo, Egypt that advocates for the use of some of the world's best quality coffee beans and roasting techniques. Hussein is an SCA certified coffee connoisseur. We talk about coffee shop culture, the true mea…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to journalist, author, and translator turned art collector Karim Zidan. After a stint with DJ-ing in his early years, Zidan turned to his love for writing and made a career as a sports-politics journalist, with numerous bylines at The Guardian, VOX Media, Foreign Policy among others. In a major turn of…
 
In this episode our co-host Yasmine Kenawi speaks to Tunisian Canadian artist and photographer Oumayma Tanfous who began her career in Montreal and is now currently residing in NYC. Oumayma’s work has been featured on popular magazines like Vogue Spain, Dazed, Flaunt, Document Journal and more. Yasmine and Oumayma talk about the importance of findi…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Mohamed Garem entrepreneur, athlete, and the co-founder of trucking application, tech start-up and market disruptor Trella. We talk to Garem about how moving around has affected his career, playing rugby and the strategic tactics that you learn being part of a team sport, diving into the entrepreneu…
 
In the episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to fitness coach Yassin Gad El Hak on his journey exploring and mastering a variety of fitness sports including Pilates, Capoeira, Football, Weightlifting, and Boxing. We talk about recovering from injuries, overcoming substance abuse, the importance of mind over matter, securing partnerships with brand…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Fouad Sabet a meditation and breath-work facilitator and transformational coach, who believes that through meditation and our breath alongside the assistance of psychedelic medicine, we can easily learn how to heal ourselves and those around us to raise global consciousness. He has traveled extensiv…
 
In this episode our co-host Yasmine Kenawi speaks to Alya Mooro an Egyptian born, London raised freelance journalist and author of the bestselling non-fiction book The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes. Alya is the co-host of the podcast Bootleg Magic, and, with over 20,000 followers on social media, has gueste…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Egyptian Architect and Chief Designer of Alchemy Design Studio Mohamed Fares. Alchemy is a renowned architecture, interior design, and urban planning studio based in Cairo, Egypt. Fares and his team at Alchemy have been credited with revolutionizing the contemporary architecture and interiors scene …
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Maram Aboul Enein, Egyptian-Canadian Fashion Designer and Creative Director about her eponymous fashion brand MARAM. A brand rooted in energy, spirituality and the wandering soul, MARAM's aesthetic is an idealistic example of fashion for the soul. We speak to Maram about her time at Parsons Paris st…
 
In this episode our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Islam Sherif, the founder of renowned Facebook group Nomads as well as the founder of Fingerlock rock climbing community in Egypt. Islam is a pioneer of the Nomads movement in Egypt, a traveler, entrepreneur, adventurer and a person who doesn't believe in living within your comfort zone. Nomads has …
 
In this episode our co-host Yasmine Kenawi talks to Egyptian poet, artist and rapper FELUKAH about writing poetry for music, searching for identity and code switching, finding your voice as a young female artist in the Arab world, and utilizing style as a form of self-expression. To stay updated on FELUKAH's upcoming work and album release "Dream 2…
 
In this episode, our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Le Cordon Bleu Alum and Chef Deenuh Hosny about shifting careers from digital marketing to joining one of the world's most rigorous and challenging culinary schools Le Cordon Bleu in London, carving out a space for young Chefs in Egypt, recipe developing for one of Egypt's top supermarkets and food…
 
In this episode, our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Moroccan Visual & 3D Artist Muhcine Ennou, who is based in The Netherlands, about disrupting the graphic design scene in Morocco, putting together a creative collective that went on to be the basis of his network, making money at a young age by learning to do what you love, and the use of the Arabi…
 
In this episode our co-host Yasmine Kenawi speaks to Egyptian Model and Entrepreneur Iman El Deeb aka @camelicked. Iman, along with her sister Yousra El Deeb, run one of Egypt's first and most prominent modeling agencies UNN Models. After a career that started in Italy, Iman moved to India for a while, and then back to her hometown Cairo. A return …
 
In this episode, our founder Nour Hassan speaks to Lebanese artist and Creative Director Ali Cha'aban who is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Ali's art traverses the liminal lines between our cultural heritage as Arabs and the contemporary world we find ourselves immersed in online. He has worked with the likes of Nike, Fendi, Gucci, Selfridges, Les …
 
In this episode, our founder Nour Hassan speaks to artist, photographer and all-around creative Natasha Yonan - who is currently working and living in Cairo - about her creative process, the current debate/conversation revolving around film versus digital photography, how do diversify your craft, social media and the pressures it puts on young phot…
 
Hello Radical People, This is the introduction to what I hope will be a learning experience for us all. Our motto when we first started Radical was "Learn Something New Everyday." - since 2017 we've been doing just that. Radical Contemporary is a platform that believes in the power of conversation and the power of words in formulating our soul. Thi…
 
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