The mammoth festival of culture that is Quoz Arts Fest returns this month for its fifth instalment.
Taking place over two days in Alserkal Avenue on from Friday January 27 and Saturday 28, the neighbourhood of warehouses and art galleries will be taken over with tours, performances, workshops and interactive exhibitions and installations.
“Quoz Arts Fest is about spreading the word about all the amazing creative talent that has developed inside of the Avenue, as well as all around us in Al Quoz,” explains Vilma Jurkute, director of Alserkal Avenue. “That and to offer a platform at the grassroots level and bring the community closer to art.”
Galleries will showcase their collections and there will be performances from local artists as well as live music. Although the event is based in Alserkal Avenue, there’s also more to see throughout Al Quoz and there are buses available to shuttle visitors back and forth. We take a look at some of the highlights…
Ammar Al Attar
The up-and-coming Ajman-based photographer is self-taught and his works examine everyday aspects of Emirati life. For his latest series, he’s been rescuing and documenting artefacts from some of Dubai’s oldest cinemas.
Egyptian dancer Mounir Saeed will be performing over the weekend along with Lebanese contemporary dancer Bassam Abou Diab. Joining them will be local dancers and you’ll be able to catch impromptu performances across Alserkal Avenue.
Sima Dance Company
Founded in Damascus in 2003 by choreographer Alaa Krimed, who specialises in contemporary Middle Eastern dance, the company currently has more than 40 dancers in the group. In 2013, it won the reality TV competition Arabs Got Talent.