From live music and open-air film screenings to poetry readings, dance, improv, exhibitions, and large-scale artworks, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is transformed into a hub of artistic and cultural events from emerging Emirati and UAE-based creatives for Art Week.
Feeling like the edgy sister of Art Dubai, SIKKA is smaller in scale, but daringly creative. Far from a stand-and-observe type of art event, the fair gathers together a collection of risk-taking artists for a week-long schedule of events that you can really engage and interact with. It all happens around a central courtyard where you can chill out on beanbags and watch local live music. The Happiness Courtyard (new this year) will also be up and running with relaxing activities such as painting, writing and meditation.
The fair ends with a closing feast when artists and visitors get together for an intimate but lively dinner.
Free. March 11-21 10am-6pm. Al Fahidi Historical District, Bur Dubai, www.artweek.ae.
Don’t miss these five event highlights...
The Bahrain House
Arts consultancy TooFarCo is bringing us The Bahrain House, a space showcasing the work of five Bahraini artists that will immerse visitors in the atmosphere of the island.
New to Dubai’s art scene, the unusual and mysterious collective Satwa 3000 will be creating Sugarliscous3000, described only as “an enchanting world of sugar-coated sensations and discoveries through a five senses experience for kids and adults”.
Loco’Motion Dubai and Animation Chamber Cinema Courtyard
Relax with an al fresco film in Courtyard C, where you’ll be able to catch a variety of documentaries, shorts, feature films and animations from across the world.
Street Art House
More than 20 artists and collectives from across the UAE have banded together to create a series of rooms filled with exhibitions, DJ and acoustic performances, streetwear and installations, all themed around ideas of street art and culture.
The connection maze
One of the most interactive installations this year comes from street artist Tarsila Schubert. After viewing a collection of paintings showing moments of everyday life, visitors will be able to add their own Polaroids to a wall.