Top five things to do at Art Dubai

A layman's introduction to the huge celebration of art

What you can see and do Watch moving images
An Arab-centric collaboration between the Dubai International Film Festival and the Sharjah Art Foundation, a selection of films will be screened during the fair, exploring the relationship between art and cinema.These screenings will take place at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai and at the Mirage City Cinema in Sharjah. For more information visit artdubai.ae/film/2014

Attend a forum – it’s free!
Taking place from March 19 to 21 during Art Dubai (see our essential details box for timings), the Global Art Forum 2014 focuses on a theme of ‘Meanwhile… History’. Described as a journey through known and unknown histories, the forum – commissioned by forum director Shumon Basar, writer and critic Omar Berrada and artist and curator Ala Younis – intends to create a timeline of turning points in history, looking closely at significant decades, years, days, minutes and seconds that altered our understanding of the world. Entry to the forum is free.

View never-before-seen art
Make sure you don’t miss works from the five artists selected to create special commissioned pieces for an exhibition at Art Dubai in The Arbaaj Group Art Prize 2014. Iranians Abbas Akhavan and Kamrooz Aram, Anup Matthew Thomas from India and Moroccan artist Basim Magdy, were awarded the special accolade on June 11 last year. Since then, the prize winners have been working closely with 2014’s guest curator, Naza Raza, on their special projects which will be on display for the first time at Art Dubai.

Tune in to a special radio stream
For a better understanding of the artworks and participants in Art Dubai, tune into the free digital radio station that will be running throughout the whole fair. A special guest presenter will be conducting interviews and holding discussions with both local and international artists and curators from the fair, as well as airing special sound art projects that have been created specifically for Art Dubai. You can tune into the web stream on Art Dubai’s website.

View art after dark
On Monday March 17, art galleries across the city host late-night openings of new exhibitions as part of Galleries Nights, which also sees performances by local musicians and other celebrations of art taking place across town. The events take place across the city’s more than 40 galleries in Al Quoz and Dubai International Financial Centre.
For more information on all of these events, visit www.artdubai.ae.

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