The Revolution has revealed many hidden talents "we have talent, but the Revolution gave us the opportunity to express them" said khallad al-Faqih member of al-Fajr Youth Coalition. Artists have used these talents to promote principles of the Revolution and provide inspiration and entertainment for protesters.
Many artists viewed Yemen as a "grave for talent" because the culture does not necessarily encourage artistic expression and some even look down upon it. There are very few art school, and in the university of the capital Sana'a, there is no art department. Artists hope that after the revolution, there will be a stronger appreciation for the arts in Yemen.
As their role at the squares increases, so does the threat against them by security forces. Artists have sometimes been prevented to bring in their equipment to the square and sometimes their belongings have been confiscated. One artist was also beaten by thugs.
This is a short intro to revolutionary art found at the square: This list of talented individuals gives hope that Art is not dead and may flourish in the new Yemen.
Music:Traditional Oud artist Wissam Al-Qubaty, rapper Ghamdan Ali and guitarist Ahmed Asery are using very different music styles to express revolutionary desires. They sing on social inequality, injustice, and hope for the future. Last night, artist Wissam Al-Qubaty, was chewing qat and entertaining his colleagues at the tent with the beautiful sound of Oud. Friends around him admired the sounds, and one remarked “I wish I could play Oud too.” Revolutionary CDs are being sold in many corners at the square.
Theater: Al-Watan for All Movement حركة الوطن للجميع coalition organized a play at the square entitled “Enough Injustice” in collaboration with actors and singers from the group Youth for the Future شباب من أجل المستقبل. This group is dedicated to using artistic expression for awareness raising. The play was well received as people felt that they could easily relate to it. Theater and visual art may be the best form of awareness raising in a society with very high illiteracy rates.
On a daily basis on stage, at least one person has a poetry reading or recital. Sometimes it is their own poem, sometimes not. Poetry found at the square includes classical Arabic and popular poems. Audience always interacts well with poetry. One example:
Photography & Film: Yemeni Photographers such as Arwa Othman and Abdulrahman Jaber; and film makers such as Sara Ishaq are courage actors often seen at forefront to document the revolution and inspire others with their artistic talents. Their photographs and short clips have allowed the world to see what is happening in Yemen through Yemeni eyes.