Arts Centre

Hayy Jameel’s opening

Art Jameel has announced an impressive opening season for Hayy Jameel, the Jeddah companion to Dubai’s Jameel Art Centre, which opens to the public on 6 December. It’s a packed schedule – December inaugurates Hayy Arts and a bevy of […]


Making a home in the UAE

The Arts Center at NYUAD has been running Hekayah | The Story for the past six years. The idea is simple: an annual celebration of the UAE’s diversity, realised as a programme of performances in different spheres by performers from […]


Sharjah’s film festival returns

The programme for the fourth edition of Sharjah Film Platform (SFP4), Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual film festival, has just been released. It has in-cinema screenings of over 50 films, including some world and regional premieres, culminating in awards for experimental, […]


A singular vision: more than one style of modernism

‘Cultural exchange’ might be an overused phrase these days, but there’s no denying its value – sharing ideas, traditions, knowledge, behaviours from a background completely different to your own is the essence of intellectual openness. And no, you don’t have […]

Creative economy

Abu Dhabi: now officially a ‘City of Music’

Abu Dhabi has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, an initiative launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognise creativity as a major factor in their sustainable urban development plans. The Network allows member cities to select only […]


Opinion: Have design fairs had their day?

In the wake of Covid, should the design industry rethink its reliance on extravagant, wasteful trade  fairs and look for a more sustainable alternative? Esra Lemmens looks at the options – and the opportunities.  Over the last century, the design […]

Creative economy

Pluses and problems with culture in the MENA region

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra – that’s its rather beautiful Snøhetta-designed Dhahram HQ in the picture) has been burnishing its credentials as a regional thinktank for the cultural and creative ecosystem with the release of a series […]


How to listen (and maybe not to hear)

Alserkal Arts Foundation has announced its programme for 2021-2022, an project that explores the power of sound and spoken language and includes the UAE’s first ambisonic* landscape. The latter comes in the form of a new exhibition, A Slightly Curving […]


The Dubai Collection makes its public debut

The Dubai Collection – an interesting exercise in persuading private and corporate entities to loan works from their art collections for public view – makes its first public appearance next month in the form of an exhibition titled When Images […]