Our picks of the week
1 Meet d3 at Dubai Design District
See Thu 2.
2 Annie The Musical at Madinat Theatre
See Sun 5.
3 The Prank at Art Sawa
See Fri 3.
4 Mapping Within at The Mine
See Wed 1.
5 Freeing the Stone at Showcase Gallery
See Sat 4.
Mapping Within: An Alternative Guide to Tehran and Beyond
This exhibition features works by Tehran’s most noteworthy emerging contemporary artists who each depict an aspect of Iran’s multicultural society. They have also chosen to depict their individual experiences and stories.
The Mine, Street 8a, opposite Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).
The first of this three-day event, which caters to creatives and enthusiasts, features a talk from internationally recognised street artist Mr. Brainwash. Known for pushing the boundaries of pop culture, he will host an exclusive talk sharing his challenges and experiences in design. Renowned singer John Newman, famed for his single ‘Love Me Again’, will be headlining the music line-up. This will be fused with street performances and artists from around the region with some of the most creative and original sounds and beats, including Mashrou’ Leila.
Until April 4. 2pm-midnight. Dubai Design District, Downtown Dubai, www.meetd3.com.
Wael Darwesh creates preliminary drawings where he plays with lines, colours and geometric forms, which become semi abstract paintings. The artist explores the idea that each individual – not society or religion – is solely responsible for giving meaning to life and living it passionately and sincerely.
Until April 16. Art Sawa, Building 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Freeing The Stone
This group exhibition is of seven Zimbabwean artists who are both living and deceased. One of the most extraordinary artforms to emerge on the international stage towards the end of 20th century was Zimbabwean sculpture – often termed Shona Sculpture. Zimbabwean Shona sculptors believe that every image they create has a predestined owner, which is the focus of the works.
Until April 15. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Annie The Musical
This is the story of little orphan Annie, a boisterous but lonely 11-year-old, and her adventures in the depression-hit 1930s New York City. Annie runs away from the scheming Miss Hannigan, the orphanage manager, into the arms of the famous billionaire Oliver Warbucks.
Dhs200-250. Times vary. Until April 17. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6546).
Modern Entanglement: Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck
The exhibition coincides with Art Dubai’s Marker section, which focuses on Latin American art this year. Balteo Yazbeck’s mixed media installations explore the effects of cultural diplomacy and governments’ propaganda strategies. The artist embarks upon a kind of unplanned journey mapped onto a global scale to tease out entangled public secrets.
Until May 5. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Chaos: Halim Al Karim
This exhibition is a multimedia installation that includes sculpture, video, photography, LED light panels and more. The installation will present Halim Al Karim’s point of view on the disorder and madness surrounding our lives through love and war, and the ‘hidden agendas’ of super powers – and their role in this turmoil. The installation will be presented outdoors – the idea being to allow the viewer time to confront their own chaos on a conscious level.
Until May 14. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).