Stars from the Paris Opera National Ballet will showcase four galas for the first time in Dubai, performing from January 9-11 at Madinat Theatre. They will be led by Karl Paquette, one of the few dancers in the world to hold the title of étoile – the principle dancer in an entire ballet company – and attendees are required to follow a black tie dress code.
Dhs450. January 9-11. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.madinattheatre.com.
Irish theatre with Dancing at Lughnasa
Dubai’s first Irish theatre company presents Dancing with Lughnasa, a play set in 1930s Ireland and telling the story of the impoverished Mundy sisters, whose lives take a dismal
turn one summer.
Dhs75. January 15-18. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org.
Baldrian The World’s Slowest Clown and Martin O Dancing Voices
The opening night of the 2014 Swiss Days festival features two of Switzerland’s most exciting and eccentric acts. Thomas Leuenberger returns with his solo show Baldrian, an apparently hilarious routine, promising the slowest juggling in the world. Musical artist Martin O, meanwhile, presents a dramatic audio experience.
Dhs125. February 7. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org.
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
The much-loved festival for all the city's bookworms returns, bringing a host of literary debates and workshops. This year’s visiting authors include John Boyne, Pam Ayres, Philip Reeve, Deon Meyer, Kate Adie, Dubai Abulhoul and more.
March 4-8. InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com.
Gulf Photo Plus (GPP 2014)
March sees the return of the region’s most important photography festival, which brings together the world’s preeminent photographers holding workshops, events and activities, which are mostly free of charge. Stars attending the event include San Franciscan photographer David Alan Harvey and street photographer Eric Kim.
March 7-14. Conference Centre, Block 1, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.gulfphotoplus.com (04 380 8545).
The eighth edition of the art event will offer the opportunity to view the fruits of art commissions, artists' residencies, performance pieces and even a pop-up radio network. There will also be workshops that enable youngsters to learn an appreciation of art as well as an exhibition of the prize winners of the Abraaj Group Art Prize. 2014’s fair will include 80 galleries from 36 countries and will have a general theme that focuses on Central Asia and Caucasus.
March 19-22. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.artdubai.ae (04 384 2000).
Sikka Art Fair
This regional event taking place is an opportunity for UAE artists to showcase their talents with events including art shows, live music, cultural tours and open studios.
March 15-25, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, www.sikka.ae (04 515 5007).