Anthony Akinbola: Thanks a Million

Carbon 12 Dubai,

A solo exhibition for the Nigerian-American artist. His series of du-rag paintings focuses on culturally and historically charged material as a primary means to explore the intricacies and complexities of identity politics; Akinbola examines the intimate narrative of our individual [...]

Free

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

Leila Heller Gallery Dubai,

This eponymous show provides a “dynamic retrospective” of the American artist's maquette forms as well as the brightly-coloured monumental abstracts cast in bronze, fibreglass, or wood that she’s known for – in particular, the Forms series. The sensual curves and [...]

Free

Ana d’Castro: Enchanted Garden

Leila Heller Gallery Dubai,

This should be one of the most interesting shows of the season, a series of abstract paintings that represents the artist’s journey through past, present and future – with colour speaking “the language of the soul” via “a kinetic immersion [...]

Free

Praxis of Change

Firetti Contemporary Unit 29, Alserkal AvenueDubai,

Firetti Contemporary’s official opening show includes works by local artists plus others exhibiting for the first time in the region. The theme: the environment and the role of humanity on earth. As the blurb puts it: “Praxis of Change is [...]

Free

Sublime Convergence: Art, Nature and Technology

Volte Art Projects Warehouse 13, Alserkal AvenueDubai,

The official opening exhibition of the new Volte Art Projects gallery and HQ in Dubai promises “a compelling visual dialogue between ancient memory and near futures ... Cutting-edge technologies are used to document and interrogate our constantly evolving relationship to [...]

Art of Africa

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal AvenueDubai,

Mestaria Gallery continues the African emphasis of its predecessor (it was formerly Showcase Gallery) with an exhibition of abstract and semi-abstract artworks and sculpture from the continent. The show includes springstone sculpture from Zimbabwe's Shona artist collective, including pieces by [...]

Free

Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik: Nota Bene

Ayyam Gallery Alserkal Avenue Dubai,

In his large-scale mixed-media works, Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik transforms unconventional materials such as charcoal, plaster, starch, ash, and burlap into evocative mediums that reproduce the patina of imbued surfaces. This solo show by the Berlin-based Syrian artist registers time, [...]

Free

Undefined Territory

Gulf Photo Plus Unit D36 Alserkal AvenueDubai,

Work by photographers from the Bangladesh Art Week initiative, curated by  Rama Ghanem and themed around constructions of place, identity, time, and knowledge in contemporary Bangladesh. On show are Munem Wasif, Shumon Ahmed, Palash Bhattacharjee, Shahria Sharmin, and Marzia Farhana. [...]

Free

Nick Brandt: The Day May Break

Custot Gallery Dubai,

An exhibition of new works by Brandt, photographed in Zimbabwe and Kenya in late 2020 as the first part of a global series portraying people and animals that have been impacted by environmental degradation and destruction. To 15 November.

Free

Oussama Garti: TEMPO

XVA Gallery Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Bur DubaiDubai,

Moroccan architectural designer and artist Oussama Garti traps the moments and emotions he deems crucial in his sculpted forms using fabric, needles, and many layers of plaster. During quarantine he spent time studying and sketching his family’s hand gestures: “filled [...]

Free

Makongo (Caterpillars): dir Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino, 2019

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

The story of Albert and André, two young Aka pygmies from Mongoumba. It's a documentary about exclusion and an uncrushable desired for education; the two boys aim to combat illiteracy in their community by setting up a mobile school – [...]

AED 35

Theatre For One: We Are Here (Nairobi Edition)

Online

A second evening for the one-to-one microplays, featuring six female writers/performers from Kenya whose works question the space between ancestry and civilisation, the real and the surreal, the inner being, and our external existence. How do we show up bare [...]

Free, but pre-register

Fayez Al Saeed

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum StreetAbu Dhabi,

Live performance returns to the Cultural Foundation with a concert by the superstar Emirati singer/composer.

From AED 200

Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road): dir Satyajit Ray (1955)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,

A newly restored print of Satyajit Ray’s debut, a depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism. It evokes the childhood of little Apu (Subir Banerjee, in his only film role) and shows us the women [...]

Free

Theatre For One: We Are Here (Nairobi Edition)

Online

A third evening for the one-to-one microplays, featuring six female writers/performers from Kenya whose works question the space between ancestry and civilisation, the real and the surreal, the inner being, and our external existence. How do we show up bare [...]

Free, but pre-register

Setting Up Your Home Photography Studio

Sharjah Art Foundation, Flying Saucer Sharjah,

A free Sharjah Art Foundation workshop with Altamash Urooj in the Vantage Point Sharjah 9 Learning Programme. Introduces basic studio equipment and setup; all materials provided. Aimed at young people (ages 15 up) as well as adults. Register here before [...]

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143 Rue du Désert (143 Sahara Street): dir Hassen Ferhani, 2019

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

Algerian director Hassen Ferhani introduces us to Malika, the venerable owner of an open-air truck stop deep in the desert on the Trans-Sahara highway. Malika is an extraordinary woman whose isolated living circumstances have done nothing to dull her sense [...]

AED 35

Matthew Quayle: Complete Piano Sonatas

Online

The noted American composer and pianist (and Assistant Arts Professor of Music at NYUAD) plays all four of his piano sonatas, including the world premiere of the fourth, in the NYUAD Music Recitals Series Presented in Partnership with the NYUAD [...]

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Theatre For One: We Are Here (Nairobi Edition)

Online

A fourth evening for the one-to-one microplays, featuring six female writers/performers from Kenya whose works question the space between ancestry and civilisation, the real and the surreal, the inner being, and our external existence. How do we show up bare [...]

Free, but pre-register

Petit Pays (Small Country): dir Eric Barbier, 2020

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

A touching childhood story, adapted from Gaël Faye's book and set during the Hutu-Tutsi conflict in East Africa as tensions in neighbouring Rwanda threaten the peaceful existence of a Burundi boy and his friends and family. In French with English [...]

AED 35

Theatre For One: We Are Here (Nairobi Edition)

Online

The final outing for the one-to-one microplays, featuring six female writers/performers from Kenya whose works question the space between ancestry and civilisation, the real and the surreal, the inner being, and our external existence. How do we show up bare [...]

Free, but pre-register

Arracht: dir Tomás Ó Súilleabháin (2019)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,

A period drama set during the most cataclysmic event in British-Irish history: the Great Famine. It centres on Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman in the west of Ireland who battles to survive when disease ravages potato crops in 1845, plunging the [...]

Free

Unity in Diversity

Dubai Opera Studio Downtown DubaiDubai,

A group show featuring 40 artists from around the world (no word on exactly whose work figures) along with "an exquisite collection" of pieces from the collection of Sheikha Khawla Bin Ahmed Khalifa Al Suwaidi – poet, writer, calligrapher and art [...]

Free

Theatre For One: We Are Here (Nairobi Edition)

Online

Two more days have been added to cope with public demand for the one-to-one microplays, featuring six female writers/performers from Kenya whose works question the space between ancestry and civilisation, the real and the surreal, the inner being, and our [...]

Free, but pre-register

Off Centre / On Stage

Jameel Arts Centre Al JaddafDubai,

Around 60 photographs with documentation drawn from archives and newspapers in the 1970s, collected by architect and writer Todd Reisz for more than a decade and capturing a moment of early ambition for Dubai as the city started to strive [...]

Free

Russel Kane

Dubai Opera Dubai,

There are few better stand-ups on the circuit when it comes to physical comedy and high-speed laughs. You really feel like you've got your money's worth from an evening with Russel Kane, a multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and [...]

From AED 150

LAST CHANCE Maitha Abdalla: Scars by Daylight

Tabari Artspace Gate Village, Level 2, DIFCDubai,

For this solo show the Emirati mixed-media artist has produced a body of work across varied mediums which interrogates the gravity and uncertainty of the in-between years of adolescence. Tradition, transformation and paradox are at the core of this work [...]

Free

Theme 8

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Dubai,

A brand new three-day festival of theatre for original short plays (8 to 12 minutes long) in English and in any genre, all based on a common theme – which for this inaugural year is ‘Black & White’. According to [...]

Starts at AED 50

La Nuit Venue (Night Ride): dir Frédéric Farrucci (2018)

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

A modern French film noir, a social thriller based on the meeting of two outcasts that apparently have nothing in common: stripper/callgirl Noémie gets into a cab driven by Jin. She asks him to become her regular taxi; as the [...]

AED 35

Wait Until Dark

The Junction Unit H72, Alserkal AvenueDubai,

The Junction’s resident company, H72 Productions, has picked a real edge-of-your-seat thriller for its first show of the new season. Somewhere in Susan Hendrix’s Greenwich Village apartment is a score for which thieves and conmen would kill – and two [...]

AED 100

Theatre For One: We Are Here (Nairobi Edition)

Online

The second and last of the extra performances added to cope with public demand for the one-to-one microplays, featuring six female writers/performers from Kenya whose works question the space between ancestry and civilisation, the real and the surreal, the inner [...]

Free, but pre-register

Farruquito

Dubai Opera Dubai,

Choreographer, artistic director and music composer Juan Manuel Fernandez Montoya (Farruquito is his stage name) brings his take on classical flamenco as seen through his gypsy heritage. "With this performance, I will unveil my most personal side", he says: "staying [...]

From AED 250

The Road To Damascus

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Dubai,

"A musical journey through Syria's rich heritage" with Bassem Al Khouri (tenor and qanun), Tala Tutunji (piano) and Corinne Metni (soprano). Starting with opera selections, the concert moves into a crossover of Arabic and Western classical music and finishes with [...]

From AED 175

LAST CHANCE The Rain Forever Will be Made of Bullets

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah SquareSharjah,

Curated by SAF President and Director Hoor Al Qasimi and taking its title from a work by Simone Fattal, this exhibition brings together works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection that focus on the wars that tore through the respective [...]

Free but prebook

LAST CHANCE When I Count, There Are Only You …

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah SquareSharjah,

Taking its title from a work by Farideh Lashai that was itself inspired by Goya’s Disasters of War, this exhibition offers an insight into the radical ideas, visions and perspectives on humanity that inform the work of eight artists represented [...]

Free but prebook

Wait Until Dark

The Junction Unit H72, Alserkal AvenueDubai,

A second chance to scare yourself witless with H72 Productions' edge-of-your-seat thriller. Somewhere in Susan Hendrix’s Greenwich Village apartment is a score for which thieves and conmen would kill – and two of them are keen to do just that. The [...]

Farruquito

Dubai Opera Dubai,

A second date has been added for what should be a stunning show. Choreographer, artistic director and music composer Juan Manuel Fernandez Montoya (Farruquito is his stage name) is widely regarded as one of the best flamenco artists of his [...]

From AED 250

The Sound of Sinatra

Dubai Opera Dubai,

The Dubai Opera Big Band – 25 of the region’s best jazz musicians under the direction of Adam Long, himself a very fine sax player – is back with a programme of iconic tunes by Ol’ Blue Eyes. Features “very [...]

From AED 145

Wait Until Dark

The Junction Unit H72, Alserkal AvenueDubai,

Last chance to scare yourself witless with H72 Productions' edge-of-your-seat thriller. Somewhere in Susan Hendrix’s Greenwich Village apartment is a score for which thieves and conmen would kill – and two of them are keen to do just that. The [...]

Digital Photography: A Crash Course

Al Hamriyah Studios Sharjah,

A free Sharjah Art Foundation workshop in the Vantage Point Sharjah 9 Learning Programme that introduces the basics of photography using digital cameras, including portraits, macro photography, shooting techniques, and digital editing on the computer. All materials provided. Aimed at [...]

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Here, Now

Misk Art Institute Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts HallRiyadh,

Misk Art Institute’s third annual exhibition brings together international artists with local talent, with a variety of media on show including paintings, textiles, sculptures, immersive installations, and digital works. Curated by Sacha Craddock with the Institute’s assistant curators Alia Ahmad [...]

CinemaNA: Mohamad Malas

Online

A live (online) conversation with the influential Syrian filmmaker Mohamad Malas, accompanied by two of his films that provoke audiences to contemplate loss, memory, and home plus Nezar Andary's documentary portrait. Presented by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and the NYUAD [...]

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Mehdi Moutashar: Cardinal Points

Lawrie Shabibi Unit 21, Alserkal AvenueDubai,

Contemporary artworks and a large-scale installation that celebrate Moutashar’s practice at the confluence of two artistic traditions, the western heritage of geometric abstraction and the Islamic aesthetic tradition of geometrical order and lines – a meeting point between Islamic tradition [...]

Free

High Priestess & The Butcher. A Musical by The Bloody Thieves!

Stars 'n' Bars La Mer, Jumeriah 1Dubai,

The Bloody Thieves! are (it says here) "interdimensional-travelers from Uruk, the futuristic metropolis of the 11th-dimensional universe". We're promised that "on the auspicious occasion of the Moon Of Scorpio, and with the aid of the High Priestess, a portal will [...]

AED 50

Maxime Zecchini

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

Unlike most solo piano recitals, this one highlights the work of the left-hand; usually that plays a supporting role on piano, with the right hand getting all the good notes, but several composers have been interested in testing the possibilities [...]

AED 120

Experimental Lighting Photography

Al Hamriyah Studios Sharjah,

A free Sharjah Art Foundation workshop in the Vantage Point Sharjah 9 Learning Programme that invites participants to experiment with various forms of lighting effects – including cyanotypes, projections, reflection and playful light and shadow. All materials provided. Aimed at [...]

Free but preregister