‘KULA’- an Art initiative by Kandima Maldives

07 October 2017

Kandima Maldives has introduced “KULA” an art initiative, which will be turning the ‘kool island resort’ into the trendiest, most happening art center in the Indian Ocean

KULA means “Colors” in Dhivehi and is conceptualized by the resort to support the full spectrum of the contemporary creative arts from local crafts, fashion, digital photography, videography to Music. 

Furthermore the initiative is designed in a creative way to open up new horizons for the local art community.

Kandima Maldives in collaboration with local NGO, Maldivian Artist Community - MAC will be hosting regular exhibitions and exciting performances by local artists. There will also be live art demonstrations and guests can unleash their inner Picasso with classes at Kandima’s very own Art Studio. 

 “We want to create extraordinary and innovative experiences for our guests which in turn will positively impact our local communities. This seemed like the perfect match. There are hundreds of talented artists that come from the local Maldivian islands but their work isn’t seen or appreciated because they don’t have a platform “Said Mohamed Shafraz Hafiz, PR & Communications Manager of Kandima Maldives and leading the Kula initiative

“It’s our vision that this program will change that. We want KULA to promote and nurture local artistic talent and creativity and essentially open up new horizons for the local art community like never before.”

KULA will be supporting local schools and artists with equipment, grants and master classes. Kandima will be giving $1 per occupied room to the KULA Fund and guests will also have the opportunity to make their own donations.

Moreover when a piece of art is sold, the artist will contribute a small percentage of the sale to the KULA fund to help it prosper while the remainder will go to the artist, with no profit to Kandima.

“KULA is a dream come true. It’s a platform that the whole art community has been waiting for, for a long time. This will not only help local artists display their work in the Maldives, but also on an international stage. It’s an exciting new beginning for us that we hope will grow from strength to strength. “Said Atikey, a local artist who is grateful for the opportunity to be involved

Over the next few months, Kandima Maldives will increase additional dimensions of the KULA initiative, making its way through local crafts, photography and music. 

In December, Kandima will host the first KULA exhibition, with work from 20 local artists and in 2018, Kandima Maldives plans on introducing the “KULA Awards” giving the local art community a platform to showcase their talent to a global audience.

Located on the largest island in Dhaalu Atoll, a 30-minute flight from Male’ and followed by a 20-minute boat ride to the island, Kandima Maldives has the longest outdoor swimming pool in the Maldives, an abundance of water-sports, the largest beach club and tennis and basketball courts. The resort also offers a marine biology center, an art studio and cooking classes.