Efie Gallery: Debut Exhibtion

The inaugural exhibition for a new gallery specialising in African art with a particular focus on West Africa. It's presented in a dedicated arts pavilion within the All Africa Festival taking place over three days in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai; [...]

An Archaeology of Sound

Alserkal Foundation Warehouse 50/51, Alserkal AvenueDubai,

Now this three-weekend study group with the writer and curator Nida Ghouse looks like a fascinating option. Consisting of field trips, reading, screening, and listening-based discussions and conversations with collaborators, it explores sound as a social event and a marker [...]

AED 15

LAST CHANCE Nora Zeid: Cairo Illustrated – Stories from Heliopolis

Tashkeel Studio and Gallery Nad Al ShebaDubai,

The debut solo exhibition by illustrator, designer and animator Nora Zeid explores how tourism, infrastructure and changes in the urban landscape have influenced the way Cairenes define and interact with its heritage. Visits by appointment only – call 04 336 [...]

Free, but preregister

TEDxAlQuoz

Warehouse Four Al QuozDubai,

The inaugural TEDxAlQuoz – intended to be the first of a regular series – has the theme ‘Humanity and Interdependence’ and commensurately bold ambitions: "TEDxAlQuoz aims to re-explore the meaning of interdependence within society and encourage a reflection on how [...]

AED 350

L’Homme de Rio / That Man from Rio: dir Philippe De Broca (1963)

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

Screened as a tribute to the late great super-cool Jean-Paul Belmondo. He’s a French soldier on leave in Paris to visit his fiancée (Françoise Dorléac, herself pretty darn cool). Seems her late father's partner has just been kidnapped by a [...]

Non members AED 35

Abu Dhabi Festival Youth Orchestra: EYSO

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the EmiratesDubai,

A programme of Beethoven, Saint-Saëns and Bizet by the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by EYSO's founder and leader Riad Kudsi and featuring the 16-year-old virtuoso violinist Guido Felipe Sant’Anna e Silva. Guido played his first solo concerts at age [...]

Free, but preregister

La Nuit des rois / Night of the Kings: dir Philippe Lacôte (2020)

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

On his first evening in the notorious La MACA prison, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, a young man is thrust into the role of griot, a traditional storyteller. Seemingly possessed, he tells an epic tale of a gangster who crosses between [...]

Non members AED 35

This Is Impro

Courtyard Playhouse Street 4B, Al Quoz 1Dubai,

Exactly what it says: an evening of scenes, stories and narrative improvisation influenced by audience suggestions and featuring the Courtyard Playhouse's most experienced improv performers. Classic Courtyard stuff.

Free but donations welcome

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 [...]

Free, but preregister

Indivisible: dir Edoardo De Angelis (2018)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,

Award-winning Italian drama about the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood (and much more). Daisy and Viola (Angela and Marianna Fontana) are teenage siamese twins living in the Naples suburbs of Naples; their beautiful voices mean they are much in demand for [...]

Free

Tennessee Williams Improvised

Courtyard Playhouse Street 4B, Al Quoz 1Dubai,

An entire play in the style of Tennessee Williams, improvised on the spot from audience suggestions. "Peek into the Menagerie of Williams’ undiscovered titles such as ‘Camel on the Villa’s Roof’, ‘A Careem Named Desire’, and ‘Satwa Menagerie’ ..." Shows [...]

Free but donations welcome

WRLDCTY

Online

WRLDCTY describes itself as “the world’s premier festival celebrating the people, places and ideas that make cities economic and experiential powerhouses ... the global forum for urban innovation”. Its inaugural event last year did indeed have a good collection of [...]

$150

Praxis of Change: From Inspiration to Action (part 2)

Online

Firetti Contemporary hosts the second part of an ongoing series of panel discussions revolving around art, the environment and anthropogenic climate change. In keeping with Firetti's principle of art as a vehicle to invigorate change, the gallery is inviting the [...]

Free

Mina & Friends go Pink!

The Arena, Montgomerie Gulf Club Dubai,

Dubomedy's 10th annual Breast Cancer Awareness event, a show by Mina Liccione and featuring Dubomedy's Funny Girls (Liz Bains, Sameera Khan, Eman Khallouf, Rebecca How) plus music from DJ Trina and Isabel Canada Luna, slam poetry champ Hiba Rasheed, and surprise [...]

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The Legend of Love

Dubai Opera Dubai,

Astana Ballet arrives with a reported 160 cast and technicians for four nights at Dubai Opera. The first two give us one of the masterworks of choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, the ballet that arguably changed the direction of Soviet ballet as [...]

From AED 233

Maestro

Courtyard Playhouse Street 4B, Al Quoz 1Dubai,

Ten actors converge for a night of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. After each round you score the players on a scale of 1 to 5, and the one with the lowest score is eliminated. Eventually only [...]

Free but donations welcome

Wiener Concert-Verein

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum StreetAbu Dhabi,

One of the most prestigious European classical ensembles, formed by members of the Vienna Symphony and now established in its own right as a leading chamber orchestra, performs tonight in the Abu Dhabi Classics series under the baton of Mischa [...]

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Al Murabbaa Arts Festival

Ajman Heritage District Ajman,

Ajman Tourism Development Department's brand new arts festival has the theme “Inspired by Yesterday to Imagine Tomorrow”, which could just about sum up the ambitions of any of the emirates’ tourism development authorities: historical authenticity viewed through a modern lens, [...]

Free

Enormous / Énorme: dir Sophie Letourneur (2020)

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

She is a concert pianist of international renown who lives only for her art, he is her agent. It’s a good, working life, if a bit banal. And then suddenly he decides he wants a baby, even though they had [...]

Non members AED 35

Rob Beckett

Dubai Opera

One of the best of the current crop of British comedians is in Dubai (his very first time) for one night only. He's genuinely refreshing, very obviously not the product of a private school, familiar from UK TV (a regular [...]

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The Legend of Love

Dubai Opera Dubai,

A second performance for Astana Ballet's production of one of the masterworks of choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, a ballet that arguably changed the direction of Soviet ballet as well as the reputation of Grigovorich. The story is from an ancient Persian [...]

From AED 233

Wiener Concert-Verein

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum StreetAbu Dhabi,

For its second evening in the Abu Dhabi Classics series, Vienna’s leading chamber music ensemble again offers classical music from the late 19th century. Mischa Damev conducts, with the young Russian piano virtuoso Dmitry Shishkin joining for the second half. [...]

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Sultan Baybars

Dubai Opera Dubai,

Astana Ballet is touring this production of an original work based on the 13th century story of Az-Zahir Rukin Ad-Din Baybars; captured from his Khazak homeland in the Kypchak steppe, he rose to become a noted miltary commander and then [...]

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Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah SquareSharjah,

For this mid-career survey of the Syrian-Armenian artist, Sarkissian has created two major new pieces – Last Seen (2018-2021) commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation; and Little Apple (working title) commissioned by the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht. The exhibition also features [...]

Free but prebook

Artist’s Rooms: Samson Young

Jameel Arts Centre Al JaddafDubai,

Samson Young’s Artist’s Room features a new, site-specific installation titled Reasonable Music – an interactive environment consisting of (text as) sound and (text as) image. The components within this environment are derived from the processing of translating the Daoist text [...]

Free

5×5 Tour: Hadil Moufti

Jameel Arts Centre Al JaddafDubai,

Jameel's 5x5 Tours invite artists, writers, researchers and other unconventional tour guides to walk through the galleries in a twist on the classic exhibition tour. With highlights drawn from the guest guide’s particular interest or area of expertise, visitors gain [...]

Free but preregistration required

L’Autre continent / Territory of Love: dir Romain Cogitore (2019)

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

A somewhat Truffaut-like story of the devastating impact of an intense love affair on an an independently minded career woman who turns out to be singularly ill-equipped to deal with its demands. A liberal dose of acerbic humour means the [...]

Non members AED 35

Sultan Baybars

Dubai Opera Dubai,

A second performance for Astana Ballet's production of this original work based on the 13th century story of Az-Zahir Rukin Ad-Din Baybars; captured from his Khazak homeland in the Kypchak steppe, he rose to become a noted miltary commander and [...]

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LAST CHANCE 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

LAST CHANCE 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

LAST CHANCE Khaldoun Hijazin: The Cherry on Top

Tabari Artspace Gate Village, Level 2, DIFCDubai,

Tabari's first exhibition of the season is a "highly charged" solo exhibition for Jordanian artist Khaldoun Hijazin – ten paintings on canvas paintings plus two large-scale objects produced in 2021. From the blurb: "Through dark humour and pastiche, Hijazin dissects [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE 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

L’Homme de Rio / That Man from Rio: dir Philippe De Broca (1963)

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai,

Screened as a tribute to the late great super-cool Jean-Paul Belmondo. He’s a French soldier on leave in Paris to visit his fiancée (Françoise Dorléac, herself pretty darn cool). Seems her late father's partner has just been kidnapped by a [...]

Non members AED 35

Halloween Special: Horrible Bosses

Courtyard Playhouse Street 4B, Al Quoz 1Dubai,

Payback time: share stories of your horrible boss with the Courtyard's improv team and they'll act out your sweet revenge. Free popcorn for the most scary outfit! And if you can't get a ticket, there's a second round on 1 [...]

Free but donations welcome

LAST CHANCE Muhanned Cader: Nightscapes 2019 – 2021

Grey Noise Unit 24 Alserkal AvenueDubai,

A first solo exhibition for the Sri Lankan artist Muhanned Cader at Grey Noise. Rather than look at the night in this new body of 12 paintings, Cader looks into it – specifically the nighttime surroundings of his neighbourhood, Nugaduwa [...]

Free

Concert de Pascal Gallet

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Reem IslandAbu Dhabi,

The noted and much garlanded French pianist – described by critic as Alain Lompech as "one of the greatest pianists of this generation" – in a varied programme that mixes classical favourites with some lesser known pieces: Chopin: Mazurka in G [...]

Free

Halloween Special: Horrible Bosses

Courtyard Playhouse Street 4B, Al Quoz 1Dubai,

Payback time: share stories of your horrible boss with the Courtyard's improv team and they'll act out your sweet revenge. Free popcorn for the most scary outfit!

Free but donations welcome

LAST CHANCE 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

LAST CHANCE 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

LAST CHANCE 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

LAST CHANCE Layla Juma: Squaring the Circle

Aisha Alabbar Gallery Warehouse 101, Al Quoz 2Dubai,

In her first solo exhibition at Aisha Alabbar Gallery, Layla Juma explores the complexities of subtle states, finding balance by merging physical forms with abstract ideas. Aware that there are infinite variations, combinations, and ways of seeing connections throughout the [...]

LAST CHANCE 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

Dance with Georgia

Dubai Opera Dubai,

Georgia does traditional music and dance like no one else: it's all those high leaps and nimble prances to insistent, infectious tunes. The 70 members of the Sukhishvili Georgian National Dance Company will be demonstrating with theatricality, passion and vim [...]

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Dubai Design Week

d3 Dubai Design DistrictDubai,

Dubai Design Week is back with a busy in-person programme of more than 200 activities of various kinds. While some of these are located around the city, DDW does clearly benefit from having a defined centre in the form of [...]

Mostly free

CinemaNA: Jocelyne Saab

Online

A live (online) conversation with the award-winning filmmaker and photographer Jocelyne Saab, accompanied by three of her films: Dunia (2005, above) A meditation on female desire, driven by the powerful eroticism of Arab poetry and music. The film leads to [...]

Free but preregister

Dance with Georgia

Dubai Opera Dubai,

Georgia does traditional music and dance like no one else: it's all those high leaps and nimble prances to insistent, infectious tunes. The 70 members of the Sukhishvili Georgian National Dance Company will be demonstrating with theatricality, passion and vim [...]

From AED 225

Dance with Georgia

Dubai Opera Dubai,

Georgia does traditional music and dance like no one else: it's all those high leaps and nimble prances to insistent, infectious tunes. The 70 members of the Sukhishvili Georgian National Dance Company will be demonstrating with theatricality, passion and vim [...]

From AED 225

sEODo Band

Online

Korea’s Chosun (or Jeosun) Pop is a distinctive musical genre – a mixture of Western pop, soul, and R&B fused with Korean music’s rhythms, melodies, and stories (the name comes from court music developed in the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910) – [...]

Free, but preregister