Best art events in Dubai this week

Dubai Sufi weekend, festive theatre and more art and culture this week

Our picks of the week

1 Alice in Wonderland at Madinat Theatre
See Fri 19.

2 Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka at Ductac
See Sat 20.

3 Symphonies in Lines at Mussawir Gallery
See Wed 17.

4 Short film screenings at Alliance Française
See Sun 21.

5 Foam Talent at East Wing
See Tue 23.

Wednesday 17

Symphonies in Lines
‘Symphonies in Lines’ features two celebrated artists from Pakistan – Abrar Ahmad and AQ Arif. Ahmad is renowned for his skilful play with lines and uniquely blending traditional and modern art. His paintings revolve around the different moods of women, the difficulties she faces, her strength, sorrows and joys. Arif paints the glories of nature. Through his work he challenges people to not only look at vibrant colours and pretty things such as flowers, but to look beyond, as he believes true beauty lies within the heart.
Until December 24. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 388 1663).

Thursday 18

Dubai Sufi Weekend
Sufi music has a rhyme unlike any other genre of music in the world and this unique style will be brought to the stage by multiple international award winner A. R. Rahman. If the Grammy, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner isn't enough, joining him is acclaimed Sufi music singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Singer Sunidhi Chauhan will also be joining them on stage.
Dhs195-Dhs1,000. 9pm-1am. Until December 19. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 256 3728).

Friday 19

Alice in Wonderland
This festive season, a magical adventure awaits you in the form of the fast-paced, fun-filled Alice in Wonderland. Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit down the hole, gets tied up with Tweedledum and Tweedledee, sings with a bubble-blowing caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game.
Dhs150-175. 11am, 3pm, 7pm. Until December 30. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim. www.timeouttickets.com

Saturday 20

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka
The much-loved children’s book writer’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life. Sweets manufacturer Willy Wonka hides five golden tickets in his candy bars. Whoever finds them will win a tour of the Wonka factory and a lifetime supply of sweets. Four of the winning children are insufferable brats; the fifth is a likeable young boy named Charlie Bucket. The children must learn to follow Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences. Featuring all the hit songs from the 1971 film, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a musical guaranteed to delight.
Dhs200-250. 11am, 3pm, 7pm. Until December 27. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Sunday 21

Short Film Screenings
Twenty three short films and documentaries will be screened over seven hours. Starting at 5pm, the first two hours will be dedicated to short movies great for children. The entire movie marathon will end at 11pm with films suitable for adults. You'll get the chance to watch titles including Bruno Collet’s Le jour de Gloire, and Vital Philippot’s Tennis Elbow.
Free. 5pm-11pm. A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 335 8712).

Monday 22

Jaber Alwan Exhibition
Iraqi painter Jaber Alwan expresses his life views on canvas. Alwan’s brilliant pieces have been displayed across the globe and have effortlessly narrated the arbitrary colour and emotion that goes into each stroke he fashions.
Until January 8. Nakkash Gallery, Garhoud (04 282 6767).

Tuesday 23

Foam Talent 2014
Foam, the Amsterdam-based photography organisation, will present a selection from its annual Talent Call, one of the photographic industry’s most prestigious vehicles for scouting young photographers. An exclusive masterclass accompanies the exhibition and will provide a rare opportunity for 12 snappers to gain insight and experience from three successful professionals working within the field.
Until January 25. East Wing, Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 553 3879).

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