Small world, big show

All musical endeavours have a backstory, of course. But few have as interesting a context as Small Island Big Song. The easy part first: Small Island Big Song is a touring show (and associated albums and film) that gigs at [ … ]


Taking a Rizq?

It’s always a pleasure to report the arrival of a new gallery, particularly one that looks sufficiently well funded and well organised to suggest a professional and long-lived addition to the UAE’s art scene. This one – Rizq Art Initiative, [ … ]


LitFest promises more

The 16th edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – which is now billing itself “the region’s largest celebration of stories and ideas”, presumably in a bid to escape the confines of the printed page – will be returning [ … ]

Public art

Lighting up Abu Dhabi

From 15 November to 30 January 2024 Abu Dhabi is getting three dozen site-specific light sculptures and installations. Under the name Manar Abu Dhabi (‘manar’ being a lighthouse or a guiding light), this is one of the key programmes in [ … ]


Upcoming: November 2023

A collection of international events, festivals, fairs and other happenings in and around the cultural life of magpie The calendar is currently ordered by start date. You can search for specific events, or sort by any of the column headings [ … ]