Abu Dhabi Festival: an inclusive March?

ADMAF, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, has unveiled a characteristically eclectic roster for March’s month-long Abu Dhabi Festival 2019. This 16th year of the Festival looks like being the biggest and best yet – 18 main productions, including […]

Arts Centre

Three years of Warehouse421: “culture, creativity, community”

In November 2015, Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed industrial area acquired its first creative hub, housed in two converted warehouses redesigned by the BIG studio. Since then Warehouse421 has hosted exhibitions, shown the work of more than 400 artists and designers […]


Poetry and the desert: the Christo Award winner

Maram Kassab and Mariam Ayoub, two architects who graduated this year from Abu Dhabi University, have unveiled the structure that won the sixth edition of The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award. Qasa’ed (poems) is a pavilion inspired by Emirati poetry and […]


In the beginning: what Bereishit tells us about modern dance

Some Asian dance troupes tend to be pigeonholed into a culturally specific style, typically based on traditional culture even if some attributes of Western genres are included in their programmes. Bereishit Dance Company is rather different. Yes, it’s based in […]


Dyson, Audi, Progress: prizes for design that does good

It’s design prize time: the best of Dubai Design Week’s Global Grad Show got the Progress Prize, the Audi Innovation Award went to a VR application, and Aamer Siddiqui and Ali Asgar from the American University in Sharjah had one […]

Art Fair

New structure, slightly fewer galleries for Art Dubai 2019

Art Dubai’s 13th edition features more than 90 galleries from 41 countries across its four sections. By way of contrast, that’s more than double the number of galleries at last week’s Abu Dhabi Art; but it’s down on Art Dubai’s […]


Making Jameel Arts Centre: Chris Lee talks to magpie

Jameel Arts Centre opens on 11 November, and it should be one of the most important additions to the cultural scene in the region. Its significance isn’t just in the facilities it provides, though in purely practical terms they are […]