Highlights from one of the city's best-known cultural celebrations
Time Out Dubai staff
This week-long celebration of arts and culture, from March 14 to 21, spans the city and in the region’s cultural calendar it has become to Dubai what Fashion Week is to New York and Paris. It brings together the cities creative industries and transforms cultural centres like Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood into works of art in themselves. Widely known for encompassing the main events of Art Season – Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai and SIKKA – it also runs a number of events that are smaller, but just as worth adding to your diary. For more information about Art Week visit www.artweek.ae.
Christie’s Auction The 18th sale season of Christie’s will consist of two art auctions – of Modern and Contemporary Arab art and Iranian and Turkish Art – at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. This is a chance for serious buyers to get their hands on some beautiful and valuable pieces of art from a selection of around 125 works that span the region and several influential private collections such as 14 works from the Johnny Mokbel collection. This year, in particular, the sale carries pieces with significant regional relevance such as a second version of Jamal Al Mahamel, the iconic 2005 painting by Suleiman Mansour who was also the artists behind the original version, which was created in 1973. The art sale will be followed by an auction of important watches on March 19 from leading watchmakers including Rolex, Cartier, Corum, A. Lange & Söhne and Harry Winston. March 15-19, check with the website for latest times. Godolphin Ballroom, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. www.christies.com
Alserkal Galleries Night Wander the galleries of Alserkal Avenue, stop by the A4 Space Cinema Room, browse a pop-up art bookstore and enjoy live entertainment at this evening that will also be displaying a number of site-specific installations commissioned by Art Dubai Projects. March 16, 6pm-9pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1. www.alserkalavenue.ae.
HIPA Photography enthusiasts should head to DIFC from March 16-22 to view the winning images of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA). Categories included ‘Life in Colour’, ‘General’, ‘Faces (Black & White)’ and ‘Night Photography’. Photographs taken by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and patron of HIPA, will also be on display. March 16-22, check with the website for latest times. Dubai International Financial Centre, Gate Building no. 4, Level 7, www.artweek.ae.
Art Nights at Gate Village Exhibition openings, live art, performances, film screenings, music and much more will all make up parts of this open-air evening around the galleries of DIFC’s Gate Village. 7pm-10pm. Dubai International Financial Centre, Gate Village. www.artweek.ae.
Art in the City: The ArtBus Check out The ArtBus for guided tours of Dubai’s art hubs, spaces and galleries including Al Quoz, Downtown Dubai and DIFC, Jumeirah and the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in three daily routes. You can’t miss the quirky bus, which is covered in artwork that is specifically commissioned each year to be displayed on the bus exterior. Dhs50 per person, per day. Bus leaves at 10am-6pm from Madinat Jumeirah. Tickets available from www.timeouttickets.com. For more information, visit www.artinthecity.com.
Meet d3 Events, activities, live entertainment, design installations and exhibitions have been planned as part of a showcase of what Dubai Design District (d3) will have to offer. d3 is planned to be a purpose-built creative community for the city and Meet d3 will be an engaging first insight into what’s in store. April 2-4, Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 2pm-midnight. Dubai Design District, www.artweek.ae.