More short theatre for Dubai

Dubai is getting a brand new three-day festival of theatre under the name Theme 8, with performances at the Theatre at Mall of the Emirates at the end of the month. The festival is for original short plays (8 to […]


Abu Dhabi gets a new ‘creativity festival’

Three days of talks, performances, “dining experiences”, art installations and screenings from an invited roster of “acclaimed global creative talent” are featured in a new ‘creativity festival’ to be held at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat al Saadiyat in October. From the […]

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Fun times in Ajman

It’s starting to look as though an arts festival of some kind is a must-have for the image-conscious emirate – even the smallest. Ajman Tourism Development Department is to run the Al Murabbaa Arts Festival for ten days from the […]


RAKFAF: the unusual arts festival

The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival is back for its ninth annual edition, running 6 February to 3 April at three RAK locations and carrying the theme of Hope. As Festival Director Suqrat bin Bisher put it: “As we […]


Barzakh is back, and looking to the future

It’s been a while since Womad came to the Emirates – the last of three was in 2011, and anyone who was there will recall a killer lineup with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Paloma Faith, Baaba Maal, Afro Celt […]


Abu Dhabi Festival 2021: knitting a patchwork of projects into a brighter future

The Abu Dhabi Festival, which describes itself – perhaps contentiously – as “the region’s leading celebration of creativity and the arts”, is back for its 18th edition. ADF 2021 runs more or less throughout the year with a Covid-compliant hybrid […]


LitFest spreads out

The dates for the 2021 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature have been announced, along with a first tranche of authors. The 13th LitFest will be spread over three locations and three weekends, starting 29 January and ending on 13 February, with some activities […]


Growing concerns: a green day at the Jameel

Stung by the calculation 15 years ago that the UAE had the world’s largest per capita carbon footprint, a lot has been done at the official level to improve the country’s sustainability – but even through the country has reduced […]


Sharjah Film Platform finishes with winners

It’s a tough time to be running any kind of mass participation event, but at a time when most film festivals have postponed or cancelled Sharjah Art Foundation did pretty well with its hybrid Sharjah Film Platform 3 – a […]


A week (and more) of design in Dubai

The sixth edition of Dubai Design Week returns 9-14 November 2020 with a pandemic-aware programme of events and activities. That includes exhibitions, installations and pop-ups at its main hub in d3 plus online elements such as a digital fair for […]