Finding 50 to follow

magpie magazine is putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are active in design, performance and the arts. In January we’ll be publishing our […]


Abu Dhabi Festival: bigger, broader, better?

ADMAF, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, has unveiled its programme for next March’s Abu Dhabi Festival. There are some real standouts, no dance or opera, and less emphasis than in previous years on […]


Venice internship applications open

Applications are open for the National Pavilion UAE’s 2017 Venice Internship. This is a great opportunity for emerging arts professionals to spend a month in Venice staffing the UAE’s art exhibition at the Venice Biennale […]


Inaugural BBC Proms Dubai set for March 2017

Dubai Opera has announced what must be the jewel in its first-year season – the BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, is coming to Dubai for four days next Spring. Taking place from […]


Dubai Opera: first impressions

First impressions of Dubai Opera from the press beano at a Barber of Seville rehearsal the day before it opened officially last week: ▶ It’s a great size. Small-to-medium (2000 or so seats) but also […]


Good taste: dinner and a show

It is fair to say that not everyone wants a man dressed as a rabbit as an accompaniment to dinner. An increasing number of people do, however. “We’re working to change the perception of the […]