A new festival for Abu Dhabi: old meets new?

This December Abu Dhabi is getting a new city-centre festival, centred on the recently redeveloped Al Hosn area. Essentially it’s a replacement for the old Qasr Al Hosn Festival, which took place on some of the same site but was […]


Ayyalah-inspired installation wins the Christo prize

The winner of The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award 2019 is Sila, an architectural installation designed by AUS students Ibrahim Abdellatif, Falwah Alhouti, and Omer Al Raee. The installation – named after an Arabic term that translates to ‘link’ or ‘connection’ […]


Okwui Enwezor named as curator of 2021 Sharjah Biennial

The noted critic, writer and curator Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019) has been named as curator of the next Sharjah Biennial, opening in March 2021. The theme will be ‘Thinking Historically in the Present’. Okwui Enwezor sadly passed away from cancer in […]


From radical to mainstream: why Merce Cunningham matters

“In some ways it feels like the past four seasons of presenting dance at @nyuadartscenter were preparing us for this moment” tweeted NYUAD Arts Center head Bill Bragin a couple of days ago. The occasion in question is the arrival […]


How to build a future

Sharjah Architecture Triennial has put some detail on to its inaugural edition, curated by Adrian Lahoud from the RCA and running from 9 November 2019 to 8 February 2020 under the label Rights of Future Generations. That title suggests a […]


Detailing Dubai Design Week

The fifth edition of Dubai Design Week, which is describing itself with justification as “the largest creative festival in the Middle East”, will run 11-16 November with its most substantial programme yet – over 200 events, among them the inaugural […]