Making a home in the UAE

The Arts Center at NYUAD has been running Hekayah | The Story for the past six years. The idea is simple: an annual celebration of the UAE’s diversity, realised as a programme of performances in different spheres by performers from […]


Making the most of March: meet up in Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation has cemented the emirate’s place in the contemporary art ecosystem primarily through two initiatives: the Sharjah Biennial (and the associated collection of works acquired after various SBs) and the annual March Meeting, its gathering of artists, curators […]


‘Digital theatre’ for Madinat Jumeriah

There aren’t many mid-sized performance spaces in Dubai, especially not for theatre (which generally needs seats, a lighting rig, and backstage areas like green rooms and props stores). Dubai has small theatres in Al Quoz in the form of the […]


Berklee opens its doors

Berklee Abu Dhabi has published its first programme of courses, with starts from 1 March. The full swath of Berklee courses at its US base covers a range of performance skills, including for instance musical theatre and composition, and many […]


Mapping the world: CARTOGRAPHY at NYUAD

We know we live in one of the world’s most geographically diverse places. The UAE is home to over 200 nationalities, and people born somewhere else make up around 88 percent of the total population. What’s more, those incomers aren’t […]


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 […]


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 […]