Graffiti, world music, theatre and more art and culture in Dubai this week
Our picks of the week
1 SEEN exhibition at Opera Gallery See Wed 26.
2 Billy Bishop Goes to War at Ductac See Sat 29.
3 Happy Birthday Sunita at Ductac See Fri 28.
4 Asdaa Music Festival at Meydan Hotel See Thu 27.
5 Group art show at Green Art Gallery See Sun 30.
SEEN – Solo Exhibition Known as the ‘Godfather of Graffiti’, Richard Mirando’s (SEEN’s) superhero works will be the main focus of the exhibition, showcasing incredible and creative talent through his thought-provoking statement pieces. To complement the show, the gallery has invited Taschen, the leading publisher of books on art, to display its latest DC Comics collectors’ book. 10am-10pm. Until December 10. Opera Gallery, Gate Village, Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).
Asdaa World Cultures Music Festival The first edition of this cultural music festival will promote cross-border collaborations between the Middle East, Asia and Western countries. The six-day festival’s schedule will be organised around two main pillars: the forum and the concerts. With morning and afternoon sessions running daily from 9am to 6.30pm, the forum will cover different topics ranging from ‘occupational music and work songs’ and ‘music and poetry’ to ‘beauty and harmony of the cultural diversity in Morocco and UAE’. Until December 1. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, www.facebook.com/Asdaamusicfestival (no number).
Happy Birthday Sunita The play revolves around Sunita’s 40th birthday and how what starts off as a fun celebration turns sour as years of repressed thoughts and feelings are brought out by various members of her family. The leading role will be played by the renowned actor Shabana Azmi. From Dhs200-Dhs350. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
Billy Bishop Goes to War Billy Bishop was the self-titled ‘worst student ever’ of the Royal Military College in Canada, but before he was expelled, he enlisted into the First World War. So begins a story of heroism, which has become a source of inspiration, not only to the people of Canada but around the world. This theatrical play recounts the story of Billy through song, dance and drama as it tells the sometimes sad, sometimes exciting and, in the end, uplifting saga of Billy Bishop. From Dhs120-Dhs150. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
Proposals on Monumentality The group show curated by Ipek Ulusoy Akgül, features the work of Aslı Çavuolu, Iman Issa, Christian Jankowski, Amina Menia, Seher Shah and Santiago Sierra. It attempts to twist and open up our perception of monumentality, commemoration, space and power. The exhibition poses a set of questions for us to reflect upon, such as, can monuments go beyond representing the past and evoking collective memory? Until January 4. Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz Industrial Area 1 (04 346 9305).
The Ultimate City Ronald Dupont is a master of the urban landscape. With unique style he captures the very essence of the sprawling metropolis that makes up the backdrop of modern life in the city. ‘The Ultimate City’ is a snapshot of Dubai in 2014 – portraits of a city in the making. These canvasses document the building of an iconic city and the people behind it, the myriad of nationalities that go into making present-day Dubai. Until January 13. Palladium Building, next to KIA motors, close to Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 104 6059).
Parasomnia Alif Art Gallery presents the solo exhibition Parasomnia by Bobur Ismoilov, one of Uzbekistan’s key artists. The title of the exhibition suggests that the mysterious visions seen in the paintings come from a dream-like state. They are glimpses of disturbances between sleep and wakefulness without connections to a specific reality. Until December 15. Alif Art Gallery, P4 Level Damac Park Towers, DIFC (04 385 9897).