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Our picks of the week

1 Dance under a full moon
See Fri 14.

2 Play Carrom at SIKKA Art Fair
See Sun 16.

3 Poetry with a punch at Book Munch Café
See Thu 13.

4 Discover Ikebana at The Archive
See Mon 17.

5 Set better boundaries in your life
See Wed 12.

Wednesday 12

How to create healthy boundaries
Dr Tara Wyne will be hosting a talk on how to better understand personal boundaries. The presentation will explore how boundaries are formed, violated, and how they can be reset for the better. Register online to attend.
Dhs50 in advance. 9.30am-11am. The Light House Arabia, Villa 2, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim 2, (04 380 9298).

Thursday 13

Eton Day Language learning and teaching centre
The Eton Institute is celebrating its eighth birthday by hosting a day of festivities. They will include hourly prizes and cultural stalls.
Free admission. 8.30am-9pm. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, (04 438 6800).

Punch Poetry open mic
A night of eclectic poetry by local artists Farah Chamma, Frank Dullaghan, Rewa Zeinati, Hind Shoufani and Zeina Hashem Beck. The mic will be open after to those with a lyric to share. Email to book a place.
Free. 8.30pm. Book Munch Cafe, Al Wasl Square,, (04 388 4006).

Friday 14

Full moon drumming
Bang your bongos in the desert and discover your inner rhythm. Drummers of all levels are welcome to join the group session. There’ll be dancing and a barbecue, too. If you don’t have a drum, one can be provided for you. Purchase tickets online in advance.
Dhs200 for adults (including drum rental), Dhs100 for children aged 6-13, free for children under five. 7pm. Gulf Ventures Camp, Al Awir, (04 347 4790).

UAE board games group
Fans of board games will be in Safa Park for a day of ‘Absolute Power’ the psychological game. Register online to attend.
Free. Dhs3 park entry. 11am-9pm. Safa Park, (no number).

Jamjar pop-up studio
Get arty in the park. Collect a canvas from The Archive and start creating.
Dhs40-Dhs125 for one hour. Noon-6pm. Jamjar Studio, The Archive, Safa Park, (04 349 4033).

Saturday 15

Local and locality
Join a round table discussion with professionals and organisations and explore the topic of locality. This event is a prelude to the 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art. Panelists will present innovative projects in Dubai and the UAE from architectural landmarks to exhibitions.
Free. 6.30pm-8pm. House 19, Sikka Art Fair, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, (04 515 5007).

Sunday 16

Carrom night at SIKKA Art Fair
Get your board out and play this traditional Indian game with others. There will be three boards available for players to have a fun round of this strike and pocket game.
Free. SIKKA Art Fair, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, (04 515 5007).

Monday 17

Ikebana art nights
Learn a whole lot more about the Japanese ancient art of Ikebana flower arranging at this special demonstration for Art Nights. Email to attend.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Gate Village, DIFC,, (no number).

Tuesday 18

Artist Wafaa Bilal in conversation with curator Sara Raza
Join Iraqi/American artist Wafaa Bilal in conversation with Sara Raza, the Maraya Art Centre associate curator, as they discuss Bilal’s sculpture ‘The Hierarchy of Being’. The varying nuances of imaging, new technologies and pioneering Islamic sciences will also be under debate at this event.
Free. 10.30am-noon. The Archive, Safa Park, (04 349 4033).

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