Art

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 […]

Festival

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 […]

Architecture

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 […]

Art

Local artists on film: the quick-start option

A few weeks ago we were sent a link to a five-minute YouTube vid of a Dubai artist talking about their work, inspiration and techniques. When you come across art and artists, you don’t usually get the backstory. So we […]

Architecture

50 To Follow

Here it is: the 2019 edition of magpie’s 50 To Follow. Like most retrospective lists, it’s intended as a conversation piece. We fully expect you to disagree with our inclusions, and with the (admittedly pretty arbitrary) ranking that we’ve given […]

Family

SICFF returns, bigger and better than ever

The sixth Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2018) opens on 14 October and runs for six days. The first children’s film festival in the country (and indeed the region), it’s the biggest yet – 138 films in total, including 54 […]

Film

Cinema Akil gets a permanent home

Cinema Akil, for four years now the flagbearer for independent and arthouse cinema in the Emirates, is finally getting a permanent base – a small but fully equipped cinema in Alserkal Avenue. It will be in warehouse 68, sharing an […]

Festival

What future for the Dubai International Film Festival?

The future of the Dubai International Film Festival is in doubt, following the official announcement of “a new strategy to support the growth and evolution of the film and content industries in the region” that includes the cancellation of the […]