This week’s art and culture events

Your next seven days of art and culture, sorted by our Dubai experts

Wednesday 21

The Importance of Being Earnest
Dubai Drama Group opens its season with Oscar Wilde’s timeless comedy of manners. Set in 1890s London, the play tells the tale of two friends who use the same pseudonym, “Ernest”, for their covert activities.
Dhs90. 7.30pm. Until October 24. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz (050 986 1761).

Urban:ness: Encountering the City
The exhibition is presented as part of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations and includes 17 artists from Singapore, Dubai and Delhi. It explores emerging, alternative Asian modernity. The works chosen go beyond iconic buildings and cityscapes, for a deeper engagement with the social and cultural dynamics of city life.
Until November 10. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 3414777).

Thursday 22

Aspiring Artists Initiative
This event gives up and coming artists a platform to showcase their work – on the walls of La Serre’s boulangerie. Expect vibrant and contemporary paintings with urban graffiti references. Each piece is available to buy, with all money going directly to the artist. Until October 31. La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie, Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 6969).

A Room With A View
French artist Marina Hery’s first exhibition consists of works showing a series of landscapes. The artist tries to capture the colours and lights of a moving city.
Until October 31. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).

Friday 23

Breast Cancer Awareness Art Exhibition
Renowned UK mixed media artist Sharon White is exhibiting works including her most revered masterpiece, Tree of Life in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Until October 31. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).

Towards the Absolute of Nature
This showcase of works by the late Moustafa Fathi has been organised under Ayyam Gallery’s custodianship and serves as the first major posthumous retrospective of the pioneering Syrian painter. Featuring a diverse selection of paintings and works on paper, Towards the Absolute of Nature highlights Fathi’s theoretical treatment of abstraction.
Until November 12. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

Saturday 24

Arctic Sentinels
French Photographer Nicolas Mingasson captures men and women who in extreme situations in countries including Bosnia, Afghanistan and Tibet.
Until October 31. Plantation, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 335 8712).

Sunday 25

When all seemingly stands still
This is a show that seeks to challenge the characteristics of movement and stillness. It looks at the significance of these filmic notions in relation to desire and our own perception of time.
Until November 7. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (054 379 0764).

Monday 26

Dubai Design Week
This event features multiple disciplines of design, from graphic and product to architecture and industrial. Across the city, designers, retailers, brands, galleries, restaurants, universities and institutions will stage Design Week-dedicated events and activities, from interactive installations to design exhibitions to new collection launches.
Free. Until October 31. Dubai Design District, access from Ras Al Khor Road, (04 384 2016).

Tuesday 27

Diamonds and Pearls
Check out this latest exhibition by Mr. Fahrenheit, one of London’s most cutting-edge street artists, who was the first to spray the Berlin Wall. From single and multilayer stencils to sophisticated cut-outs and collages, he produces hand-pulled silkscreen prints
of iconic celebrity faces including John Lennon and Audrey Hepburn.
Until December 31. Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).

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