Comedy

Sharjah gets a fringe

Sharjah is getting a fringe festival, with more than 600 shows – mostly (but not all) aimed at families – running in the second half of this month. You’d expect a fringe to be an add-on or ornament to an […]

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 […]

Dance

From radical to mainstream: why Merce Cunningham matters

“In some ways it feels like the past four seasons of presenting dance at @nyuadartscenter were preparing us for this moment” tweeted NYUAD Arts Center head Bill Bragin a couple of days ago. The occasion in question is the arrival […]

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 […]

Performance

Bearing witness: Gardens Speak at NYUAD Arts Center

We’re used to seeing the Big Picture: news isn’t news unless it’s accompanied by gunfire and explosions, crowds running and people screaming, buildings shattered and countries devastated. The bigger the better, especially if it’s served up in short chunks of […]