Elton John recovering from ‘potentially deadly’ bacterial infection

Singer Elton John performs at the Hillary Victory Fund “I’m With Her” benefit concert for US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, March 2, 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 25 April 2017

Elton John recovering from ‘potentially deadly’ bacterial infection

Elton John spent two nights in intensive care with a potentially deadly bacterial infection and has canceled all his concerts for the rest of April and May, his publicist said on Monday.
The British musician, 70, became “violently ill” on a flight home from his recent South American tour, spokeswoman Fran Curtis said in a statement.
The “Rocket Man” singer spent two nights in intensive care in the UK and is resting at home after being released on Saturday, the statement said.
The infection was not identified, but the statement said John contracted the “harmful and unusual bacterial infection” during his South American tour, which ended in Chile on April 10.
“Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly,” the statement said, adding that his time in intensive care was followed by an “extended stay in hospital.”
John is expected to make a full recovery but has canceled all his concerts in Las Vegas for April and May, as well as a gig in Bakersfield, California, on May 6.
John apologized to fans for disappointing them, adding in a statement: “I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well.”
He is due to resume performances at a concert in Twickenham, England, on June 3.
John, a Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner for his work in film and theater, is working on a score for a Broadway musical adaptation of the comedy-drama “The Devil Wears Prada.”


Saudi, GCC artists explore relationship between man and architecture

Updated 10 December 2019

Saudi, GCC artists explore relationship between man and architecture

  • A large number of art and culture enthusiasts attended the opening ceremony

RIYADH: Deputy Minister of Culture Hamid bin Mohammed Fayez inaugurated an art exhibition titled “From Within” on Sunday evening, at the Diriyah Industrial Zone.

A large number of art and culture enthusiasts attended the opening ceremony. The exhibition will run until Dec. 26, and includes artworks by 27 artists from the Kingdom and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The artworks in the exhibition deal with the relationship between man and architecture, and how one can affect the other. They also explore human experiences over time, and the nature of society reflecting on patterns of architecture. 

“From Within” includes a variety of artworks in many mediums: Paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations that raise questions about the relationship between architecture and human behavior, and how human experiences and the nature of society reflect on the substance of civilization development.

FAST FACTS

• The artworks in the exhibition deal with the relationship between man and architecture, and how one can affect the other.

• ‘From Within’ includes a variety of artworks in many mediums: Paintings, sculptures, videos and installations that raise questions about the relationship between architecture and human behavior.

It is a part of the “Quality of Life” initiatives — programs that are designed to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 scheme. It is also part of a comprehensive plan developed by the Ministry of Culture to transform Diriyah into a contemporary arts area exhibiting art from the Kingdom and across the globe. 

The exhibition emphasizes the role of the ministry in supporting high-level artistic and cultural activities. The exhibition also highlights the ministry’s pursuit to open doors for artists to showcase their talent and creativity to local and international audiences.