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

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

Miguel Poveda Live

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum StreetAbu Dhabi,

Poveda is one of the most talented flamenco singers around at the moment. He's known for his total command of the more traditional styles of gypsy flamenco, but he's also an expert in the songs of his native Catalonia; and [...]

From AED 100

EYSO Talents with Professionals

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

A chamber concert as a kind of taster for the 17th International Peace Music Festival, a series of concerts held in Dubai since 2004 and organised by the leaders of the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) for young virtuosos of  [...]

From AED 65

Young Frankenstein: dir Mel Brooks (1974)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,

Classic Mel Brooks: zany comedy, pratfalls, zippy comic acting, and an engagingly silly premise – Gene Wilder is Dr Frederick Frankenstein, who inherits his grandfather's Transylvanian castle. One thing naturally leads to several others, including Peter Boyle a kind-hearted Monster; [...]

Free

Poetry: dir Lee Chang-dong (2010)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,

Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Poetry is an achingly exquisite portrait of a woman's brave fight against Alzheimer's, and against her guilt over a relative's brutal crime. This highly acclaimed Korean drama showcases a [...]

Free

Viridiana: dir Luis Buñuel Spain (1961)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,

Novice nun Viridiana (Silvia Pinal) does her best to maintain her Catholic principles, but her lecherous uncle (Fernando Rey) and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism. Winner of the Palme d’or at the [...]

Free

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

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

Step Afrika!

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum StreetAbu Dhabi,

Step Afrika!, the world's first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping ranks as one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States. Step Afrika! blends traditional African dances with the percussive dance styles historically practiced [...]

From AED 100

The Road To Damascus

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

"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

Mina Liccione: Growing Up Ringside

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

Back by popular demand is this enjoyable one woman show from the undisputed queen of the Dubai comedy scene. Combining comedy, rhythm and spoken word with mixed media, Growing Up Ringside is described as a "deeply autobiographical show" that recounts [...]

AED 115

7 Stages

Le Meridian Airport RoadDubai,

Group show of 25 works (presented in collaboration with Le Meridien Hotel Dubai and the Chocoholics Grief Support Group) that are inspired by the Kubler-Ross theory of seven stages of grief. Senior citizens and caregivers have represented their feelings of [...]

Free

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

Rigoletto

Dubai Opera Dubai,

Under the direction of Yuri Alexandrov, the St Petersburg Chamber Opera gives us Verdi’s tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice packed with great music. The licentious Duke of Mantua and his hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto labour under a curse [...]

From AED 300

LAST CHANCE 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

Rigoletto

Dubai Opera Dubai,

A second perfromance for the St Petersburg Chamber Opera and Verdi’s tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice packed with great music. The licentious Duke of Mantua and his hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto labour under a curse placed on them [...]

From AED 300

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

Semi Permanent Middle East

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,

Three days of talks, performances, "dining experiences", art installations and screenings from an invited roster of "acclaimed global creative talent". From the blurb: "this is a festival experience like no other. Intimate and exclusive, this is your chance to dive [...]

Pair of tickets, per session: AED 798

Arne Quinze

Foundry Downtown Boulevard Crescent, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid BoulevardDubai,

Belgian conceptual artist Arne Quinze is showing six of his trademark monochromatic sculptures. The series, known as Chroma Lupines, have a pronounced rough character which Quinze apparently obtained by sculpting with an excavator in order to "reflect the immense power [...]

Free

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Theatre by QE2 Queen Elizabeth 2, Port RashidDubai,

The Horrible Histories series takes (mostly British) history and turns it into a series of gags with a semi-serious purpose (there are facts as well as jokes, and most of the jokes are in some way factual). The stage version [...]

AED 120

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

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Theatre by QE2 Queen Elizabeth 2, Port RashidDubai,

The Horrible Histories series takes (mostly British) history and turns it into a series of gags with a semi-serious purpose (there are facts as well as jokes, and most of the jokes are in some way factual). The stage version [...]

AED 120

Variety Lights / Luci del varietà: dir Federico Fellini (1950)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,

Fellini’s directorial debut has the quixotic impresario of a traveling vaudeville troupe (Peppino De Filippo) being tempted away from his devoted sweetheart (Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina) by the charms of an ambitious young dancer (Carla Del Poggio). This bittersweet romantic [...]

Free

As We Gaze Upon her

Warehouse421 Mina ZayedAbu Dhabi,

As We Gaze Upon Her comes at the end of the pilot version of Warehouse421’s Curatorial Development Exhibition program, in partnership with the Bombay Institute of Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). The exhibition attempts to expand the notion of ‘woman’, [...]

Free

So Different, So Appealing

Warehouse421 Mina ZayedAbu Dhabi,

An analysis of the aesthetics, rhetorics, and rituals of the real estate industry, unpacking the strategies through which it conjures up its many seductions, aspirations, and desires. The included works use humour, parody, appropriation, and mimesis, uncovering the perverse logic [...]

Free

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Theatre by QE2 Queen Elizabeth 2, Port RashidDubai,

The Horrible Histories series takes (mostly British) history and turns it into a series of gags with a semi-serious purpose (there are facts as well as jokes, and most of the jokes are in some way factual). The stage version [...]

From AED 120

Open Streets: Culture’s Place In The City

Concrete Alserkal AvenueDubai,

An afternoon of discussion about cities in general and especially the subjects of ‘commoning’ cities (which we interpret as enterprises or individuals creating and maintaining spaces for the common benefit, as opposing to ‘public spaces’ owed by a local or [...]

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

Between Movement and Pause: The Visual Archaeology of a Pandemic Artist

Al Hamriyah Studios Sharjah,

A guided tour of the Vantage Point Sharjah 9 exhibition followed by a talk between artist Hind Mezaina and photographer Noora Al Neyadi. They will present their recent photography projects and talk about documenting the changed landscape and realities of [...]

Free but preregister

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

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

Wild Tales / Relatos salvajes: dir Damián Szifron (2014)

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,

Six tales of apocalyptic revenge, of people crossing the line into madness when faced with perceived injustice. A lover's betrayal, a return to the repressed past, and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to lose control and [...]

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

Rolando Villazón and Xavier de Maistre

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum StreetAbu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi Classics returns with a concert by the Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon and French harpist Xavier De Maistre. Cultural exchange is at the heart of the duo's repertoire, with works from both Latin America and Europe; the music will [...]

From AED 75

Collectors Eye by ZAAT

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

Collectible prints and etchings by artists from the Arab World and beyond, from the stable of gallery/event organiser ZAAT. Included are  works by artists ARMAN, Kamal Boullata, Enaya Bukhary, Leonardo Cremonini, Dia Al Azzawi, Samia Halaby, Omar Khouri, Dr. Suheir [...]

Free

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Theatre by Erth Khor Al Maqta Al Khaleej Al Arabi RoadAbu Dhabi,

The Horrible Histories series takes (mostly British) history and turns it into a series of gags with a semi-serious purpose (there are facts as well as jokes, and most of the jokes are in some way factual). The stage version [...]

From AED 216

Hazem Harb. Temporary Museum. For Palestine

Maraya Art Centre Sharjah,

The Dubai-based Palestinian artist attempts to capture the lost legacies of his homeland in the form of archival materials displayed in vitrine cases within a museological context. Harb has been collecting antique memorabilia of the subject via international online auctions [...]

Free

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Theatre by Erth Khor Al Maqta Al Khaleej Al Arabi RoadAbu Dhabi,

The Horrible Histories series takes (mostly British) history and turns it into a series of gags with a semi-serious purpose (there are facts as well as jokes, and most of the jokes are in some way factual). The stage version [...]

From AED 216

Fire Walk With Her

Warehouse421 Mina ZayedAbu Dhabi,

Warehouse421's 11th season of contemporary Arab cinema offers IRL screenings once a month for the rest of the year (20 October, 17 November, 15 December) as part of a dialogue with the centre's current exhibition As We Gaze Upon Her, [...]

Free but preregister

Music in the Studio: Alice Burla

Dubai Opera Studio Downtown DubaiDubai,

The ninth Music in the Studio season continues with a recital by Alice Burla, the 25-year-old Canadian pianist described  as an “extraordinary talent” by the New York Times for her colourful, intelligent and spiritual approach to music. We don't know [...]

AED 190

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

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

Maxime Gasteuil Arrive en ville

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

Francophone comedy from one of the best new French standups, presented as a one-man show loaded with anecdote and observation about a country boy from Saint-Émilion becoming a Parisian. From weak Starbucks to the organic veg market, this 30-something ironically [...]

From AED 350

Sounds of UAE 2021: Ahmed Al Hosani

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum StreetAbu Dhabi,

The Cultural Foundation's Sounds of UAE series returns with the young Emirati singer Ahmed Al Hosani, star of last year’s National Day Concerts, and the NSO Chamber Orchestra. Their programme is intended as a genuine celebration of music, both cross-cultural [...]

From AED 75

Portrait Photography Workshop

Al Hamriyah Studios Sharjah,

A free Sharjah Art Foundation workshop with Mahra Al Mehairi in the Vantage Point Sharjah 9 Learning Programme. Introduces the basics of camera settings and photo composition before experimenting with different types of portrait shots. All materials provided. Aimed at [...]

Free but preregister