Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want […]


Design and crafts support programme by Expo 2020

UPDATED A newly launched Expo 2020 Design and Crafts Programme will offer “creative, technical and economic support” to “local brands and emerging talents” in the UAE. According to the press statement released during Dubai Design Week, “the UAE’s creative scene […]


A new festival for Abu Dhabi: old meets new?

This December Abu Dhabi is getting a new city-centre festival, centred on the recently redeveloped Al Hosn area. Essentially it’s a replacement for the old Qasr Al Hosn Festival, which took place on some of the same site but was […]


How to build a future

Sharjah Architecture Triennial has put some detail on to its inaugural edition, curated by Adrian Lahoud from the RCA and running from 9 November 2019 to 8 February 2020 under the label Rights of Future Generations. That title suggests a […]


Detailing Dubai Design Week

The fifth edition of Dubai Design Week, which is describing itself with justification as “the largest creative festival in the Middle East”, will run 11-16 November with its most substantial programme yet – over 200 events, among them the inaugural […]


Hay in Abu Dhabi: litfest vs LitFest?

UPDATED 29 Sep 19 The Hay Festival organisers have announced that an edition of the eponymous literature festival will be coming to Abu Dhabi next February. Peter Florence, founder, director, and main man in the Hay Festival multiverse, declared that […]


The practical side of LitFest

The Publishing Programme is one of the elements of the ongoing Emirates Airline Festival of Literature that doesn’t get enough attention: it’s also one of the features of LitFest that looks ripe for development. That’s because it provides the principal […]


LitFest present and future: what Ahlam Bolooki thinks

Earlier this year the Emirates Literature Foundation announced two new senior appointments to the LitFest team: Jennifer Malton took on the role of Chief Operating Officer, and Ahlam Bolooki became the Festival Director in succession to Isobel Abulhoul – who […]


25 to hear: magpie’s picks from LitFest

This year the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature provides an unmissable chance to see and hear from more than 175 writers across a variety of genres and a variety of subjects. Many (but not all) have a book to promote; […]


Nujoom Alghanem to represent the UAE in Venice

Nujoom Alghanem will represent the UAE at the 2019 Venice Biennale. The award-winning poet and filmmaker has been invited by the curators of the National Pavilion UAE, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, to create a major site-specific video installation for […]