7 February 2023

Sharjah Biennial 15

[various Sharjah locations]

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present includes more than 300 artworks by (at our count) 159 artists and collectives from around the world, plus talks, performances, film screenings and more. It takes place in 19 venues across five [ ... ]

Free

The Killers: dir Robert Siodmak (1946)

Goethe-Institut Abu Dhabi Al Qasbah St, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi

The ten films noirs Robert Siodmak made at Universal in the mid 1940s are regarded among the best examples of the genre, and this adaptation of a short story by Ernest Hemingway is a classic. Two hit men kill an [ ... ]

Free but pre-register

Féminin Pluriel

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai

The collective art group of Alliance Française exhibits paintings, drawings, photography and ceramics. To 24 February.

Free

Shrjah Light Festival

vrs Sharjah locations

A dozen locations in the Emirate (nearly half outside Sharjah city) get the light art treatment: University City Hall Al Noor Mosque Khalid Lagoon Corniche Sharjah Mosque Al Majaz Waterfront Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn) Al Hamriyah Municipality building Al Dhaid [ ... ]

Free

Art & Music Night

Theatre of Digital Arts Souk Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai

An immersive evening at the Theatre of Digital Art – digital art (the current From Monet to Kandinsky. Revolutionary Art show) is accompanied live by Soren Lyng Hansen on cello, double bass and piano. He is very good, so this [ ... ]

AED 180

Xposure International Photography Festival 2023

Expo Centre Sharjah Sharjah

Last year’s 125 percent increase in public attendance made Xposure one of the largest photography events in the world; catering to professionals and hobbyists alike, there are also book signings, onsite printing and framing, the general photo fair, and a [ ... ]

Free

March Meeting 2023

Al Mureijah Square Sharjah

Coinciding with Sharjah Biennial 15, the Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual convening of artists, curators, scholars and arts practitioners from around the world to discuss issues in contemporary art falls has a related, relevant theme – ‘the Postcolonial Constellation: Art, Culture, [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

Fabienne Verdier: Energy Lines

Christie’s Dubai DIFC, Gate Village, Building 5, Dubai

A series of 15 new works by the contemporary French artist Fabienne Verdier, presented by Custot Gallery Dubai in collaboration with Christie's Middle East. Verdier says "I have painted this series in memory of the lines that the mountains, the [ ... ]

Free

Safeguarding cultural heritage places & landscapes in Palestine

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai

A commendably explicit title for this public lecture by Shatha Safi, architect and director of the Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation in Ramallah. Organised by ICCROM-Sharjah (the regional office at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

LAST CHANCE Sara Tantawy: Survivors

Fann à Porter The Workshop, Villa 45, St. 23b, off Al Wasl Road (opposite Box Park), Jumeirah 2, Dubai

Sara Tantawy’s latest paintings capture the gestures and movement of traditional dancers in order to explore an ancient practice that for centuries has allowed communities to narrate and process the challenges of life events. The paintings featured in this solo [ ... ]

Free

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre: Last Ward

The Arts Center @ NYUAD NYUAD Campus, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Dance and theatre are blended in this account of one man’s journey towards death; surrounded by the sterile mechanisms of modern medicine in a hospital room, the patient reflects on his life, relationships and connection to place, as the ritual [ ... ]

AED 105

Ludovico Einaudi

After sold-out performances at Dubai Opera in 2018 and 2019, the Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi – one of the best-selling classical artists of all time – returns to Dubai for two nights. Born in Turin, he trained at [ ... ]

From AED275

Secret Soirée: Bollywood Superstars Presents Mumbai Nights 2

Louvre Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Mumbai Nights 2 – an imaginary Bollywood blockbuster – with an access-all-areas pass that allows you to explore the sets, props, costumes, and a look at how the larger-than-life musical scenes are shot. It's "a [ ... ]

AED 190

Afroworld: Rema and Omah Lay

Coca-Cola Arena City Walk, Dubai

Two top names in contemporary Afrobeat headline the second edition of Afroworld.

From AED 175

Saif Mhaisen: Introduction

Bayt AlMamzar House 2, 26 Street, Al Mamzar, Dubai

The first show of a resident artist at the Bayt AlMamzar artist's community. "Conceived as the opening chapter of an ongoing story, Mhaisen's charcoal drawings are embodiments of his private conversations with the artists, writers, curators and educators that make [ ... ]

Free

Love is in the Air

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Level 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

An evening of flamenco to Valentines-appropriate tunes, with choreographer/dancer Anabel Veloso plus Tala Tutunji (piano), Gabriel Perez (guitar) and Isabel Canada Luna (soprano). "Enjoy a repertoire of some of your favourite love songs with a unique flamenco spin and a [ ... ]

From AED 150

Ludovico Einaudi

A second night for the Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi, one of the best-selling classical artists of all time. He started out composing fairly traditional chamber and orchestral music before turning his hand to film music, writing scores for [ ... ]

From AED275

Secret Soirée: Bollywood Superstars Presents Mumbai Nights 2

Louvre Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Mumbai Nights 2 – an imaginary Bollywood blockbuster – with an access-all-areas pass that allows you to explore the sets, props, costumes, and a look at how the larger-than-life musical scenes are shot. It's "a [ ... ]

AED 190

Culture Bus: Sharjah Biennial

421 Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

Another of 421’s economical, hassle-free bus trips, this time to the key venues of Sharjah Biennial 15. The schedule: 1pm depart from 421 (get there 10 minutes early to be sure of a seat!) 3pm arrive Al Mureijah Square 3-4pm [ ... ]

Triangle of Sadness: dir Ruben Östlund (2022)

Goethe-Institut Abu Dhabi Al Qasbah St, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi

In Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny Palme d’Or winner, social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty. Celebrity model couple Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean) are invited on a luxury cruise for the [ ... ]

Free but pre-register

Michael Skillern: Two Hands, a Shell, and a Keyboard

The Arts Center @ NYUAD NYUAD Campus, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Two days of new and experimental music in NYUAD's Manifold Festival of Musical Diversity starts with this world premiere of 11 pieces that blur the line between electronic and acoustic sounds. Skillern aims to draw the listener’s ear with a [ ... ]

Free

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra: Scheherazade

Dubai Opera Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra is a long-established Russian classical music radio orchestra, founded in 1930 as the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra but renamed 30 years ago in recognition of the central role the music of Tchaikovsky plays in its repertoire. [ ... ]

From AED 195

LAST CHANCE James Kelly: Phonography

NYUAD Arts Centre Project Space Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Phonography is based on Dr James Kelly's research on the use of vinyl records in music composition, performance, and sound art. The exhibition aims to reveal the breadth of phonography as an artistic discipline. As a turntablist for more than [ ... ]

Free

Tarek Al-Ghoussein memorial

The Arts Center @ NYUAD NYUAD Campus, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

A commemoration of the life and career of the well-loved artist and teacher; "Tarek was relentless in his capacity to push and support those who shared his passion for photography. He made an indelible mark on the art scene of [ ... ]

Free

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra: Rococo

Dubai Opera Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

The second of two Dubai concerts by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its long-established musical director Vladimir Fedoseyev. The soloist for tonight's programme is the rising star and multiple prizewinner Dali Gutserieva (cello) in Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations [ ... ]

From AED 195

LAST CHANCE Larry Amponsah: The Soil From Which We Came

Lawrie Shabibi Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The first solo exhibition in the UAE for the Ghanaian artist features Amponsah’s latest series of large-scale collage paintings. The artworks are assembled from numerous fashion magazine images that echo stereotypes of ‘White beauty’ and popular notions of representation. Through [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCEThe Shona Collective

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

We’ve always been big fans of Shona sculpture, and Showcase Gallery in Alserkal Avenue used to have a pipeline into this very specific style of Zimbabwean stonecraft. Showcase was acquired and renamed as Mestaria some time ago, but it looks [ ... ]

Free

Secret Soirée: Bollywood Superstars Presents Mumbai Nights 2

Louvre Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

The final weekend of this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Mumbai Nights 2, Louvre Abu Dhabi's imaginary Bollywood blockbuster – with an access-all-areas pass that allows you to explore the sets, props, costumes, and take a look at how the larger-than-life [ ... ]

AED 190

LAST CHANCE Chaouki Choukini: Drawings

Green Art Gallery Dubai

Born in 1946 in Choukine, Lebanon, Chaouki Choukini is probably best known for distinctive, multiscalar sculptures in exotic hardwoods and metals, often providing windows into his childhood and the landscape of South Lebanon where he spent it. Green Art Gallery [ ... ]

Free

Secret Soirée: Bollywood Superstars Presents Mumbai Nights 2

Louvre Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

The last chance to experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Mumbai Nights 2, Louvre Abu Dhabi's imaginary Bollywood blockbuster – with an access-all-areas pass that allows you to explore the sets, props, costumes, and take a look at how the [ ... ]

AED 190

LAST CHANCE Proposals for a Memorial to Partition

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

A group exhibition that gathers artists’ and writers’ proposals for an imaginary memorial to the partitions that produced the modern nation-states of South Asia. Participating artists include Bani Abidi; Saira Ansari; Hemali Bhuta; Fahd Burki; CAMP; Abhijan Toto, Fileona Dkhar [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Ben Arpéa: Where the Light Goes

Fabien Fryns Fine Art Unit 17, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Arpéa’s works oscillate between semi-figurative and abstract expressionism, between the real and the unreal; as the gallery puts it, “he paints frozen and perfect images, proposing a moving interpretation of pop art and surrealism”. The show’s title refers to the [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Fabienne Verdier: Energy Lines

Christie’s Dubai DIFC, Gate Village, Building 5, Dubai

A series of 15 new works by the contemporary French artist Fabienne Verdier, presented by Custot Gallery Dubai in collaboration with Christie's Middle East. Verdier says "I have painted this series in memory of the lines that the mountains, the [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Orkhan Mammadov: Revival of Aestethtic 2.0

Kanvas Unit 1, Al Khayat Art Avenue, 19th Street Al Quoz 1, Dubai

With the help of "a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm", the Azeri artist analysed more than 150,000 carpet patterns and sketches inspired by the cultural heritage of carpet weaving, and has composed an immersive interactive show from the results. Mammadov uses [ ... ]

LAST CHANCE Gil Heitor Cortesão: À Rebours

CARBON 12 Unit 37, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai

À rebours translates as ‘backwards’, which summarises the technique of reverse painting on plexiglass – painting on the opposite side of the transparent surface – that provides Gil Heitor Cortesão’s fifth solo exhibition with CARBON 12. As the gallery puts [ ... ]

Free

Javlon Umarbekov

Andakulova Gallery Unit 18, P4 Level Damac Park Towers, DIFC , Dubai

Described by the gallery as one of the key figures of contemporary art in Uzbekistan, Umarbekov is something of a national treasure; he was awarded the title People’s Artist of Uzbekistan in 1989, and is a professor at the Bekhzod [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Shazia Salam: Voice-Over-Voice

Tashkeel Studio and Gallery Nad Al Sheba, Dubai

This debut solo show marks the culmination of Shazia Salam’s journey on Tashkeel’s Critical Practice Programme 2022. The exhibition delves into the rituals, processes and procedures of a particular professional sector – voice-over artists. The exhibition presents three exercises developed [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Dia Mrad: Utilities

Zawyeh Gallery Warehouse 27, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Dia Mrad's solo show seeks to excavate and document Beirut’s economic collapse, employing an ethnographic lens to explore the material manifestations of the crisis across the city’s urban fabric. The project unearths the material infrastructural apparatus that is emerging as [ ... ]

Free

the only constant

NYUAD Art Gallery Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

NYUAD Art Gallery's spring exhibition, curated by the gallery's' director Maya Allison, is part of an ongoing series in which Allison investigates the concept of landscape as it manifests globally in contemporary art practice. "We humans have a complicated relationship [ ... ]

Kevin Hart: Reality Check

Etihad Arena Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The Emmy & Grammy nominated comedian/actor is currently touring his Reality Check show globally, and frankly some of the reviews have been mixed. But when he's on song, he can be very funny ... Hart launched his career at an [ ... ]

From AED 549

Art & Music Night

Theatre of Digital Arts Souk Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai

An immersive evening at the Theatre of Digital Art – digital art (the current From Monet to Kandinsky. Revolutionary Art show) is accompanied live by Soren Lyng Hansen on cello, double bass and piano. He is very good, so this [ ... ]

AED 180

LAST CHANCE Aïda Muluneh: The Art of Advocacy

Efiɛ Gallery 2 Al Khayat Art Avenue, First Al Khail Street, Dubai

Solo show by the pioneering Ethiopian photographer of works from various series that exemplify the artist’s approach to art as a tool for change, including commissions for the Nobel Peace Prize. Advocacy is integral to the artist’s work, which touches [ ... ]

LAST CHANCE Daniel Canogar: Loose Threads

Galloire London Street, City Walk, Dubai

Canogar’s first solo exhibition in the region follows his AV project Dynamo in the Spanish Pavilion at Expo 2020 and a building-sized laser projection at the Noor Riyadh light and art festival. Loose Threads presents artworks which reference fabric and [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Féminin Pluriel

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai

The collective art group of Alliance Française exhibits paintings, drawings, photography and ceramics.

Free

WOOD you rather be happy?

Firetti Contemporary Unit 29, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

A multi-sensory exhibition featuring the work of six international artists – Sawsan Al Bahar (Syrian-Palestinian), Laura Lappi (Finnish), Toma-L (aka Thomas Labarthe – French), Taher Jaoui (Tunisian), Axel Chay (French) and Bruno Helgen (French-Indonesian) – who use wood as their [ ... ]

Free

One Woman & Herself

Courtyard Playhouse Street 4B, Al Quoz 1, Dubai

At the age of 50, Rosine Saad decided to write an autobiographical trilogy of one-woman plays, addressing what she calls “the three majors struggles that made her who she is today”: body image, growing up in a warzone and searching [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

Rooftop Rhythms Open Mic Night

Marketplace, NYUAD Campus Abu Dhabi

The Middle East’s best (and longest-running) poetry and performance open mic night enters its second decade with original material from spoken word artists, poets, and musicians. Rooftop Rhythms is hosted by founder Dorian Paul Rogers. Here's the rest of the [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register online

Marc Lottering: Uncle Marc

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Level 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Top South African standup Marc Lottering pays another visit to Dubai. Lottering is 54 and looking at the “uncle chapter” of his life ... Should be good.

From AED150