Sikka workshop guide March 21-25

Workshops for adults and children plus live music at celebration of regional art

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Between Saturday March 15 and Tuesday March 25, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Bur Dubai is hosting an art event that focuses on local Emirati and Dubai-based artistic talent.

Founded by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority in 2011, the festival initially acted as a showcase for visual art but the event has now diversified to include music, film and performance art pieces. Highlights include outdoor film screenings, live musical performances and numerous workshops and educational activities.

If you haven’t headed down yet, time is running out. So as we reach the midway point of the 2014 event, we bring you up to speed with all the remaining workshops taking place until March 25.

Walk in registration is available for all workshops, or send an email to sikka@extracake.com to register in advance.

There’s also plenty of music going on throughout every night of the festival – click here to find out more
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View Saturday 22nd March schedule
View Sunday 23rd March schedule
View Monday 24th March schedule
View Tuesday 25th March schedule

Friday 21st March

Adults
Time:
15:00 – 17:00pm
Host: Tasmena
Location: Al Khor
Activity: TasmenaWALKS
Overview: A guided public walk to a space in Al Khor with a given objective. The space will be identical to that used for the exhibition. Observations documented collected during the walk will become part of an active installation onsite. The installation will allow the general audience of the majlis to experience the walk and encourage people to take a self-guided walk along the same route, with the same objective and following the same recording process given a tasmenaWALKS kit.

Time: 16:00 – 19:00pm
Host: Laith & Bahar on behalf of The Design House
Location: House 33
Activity: Crafting Leather workshop
Overview: The workshop will introduce participants to the traditional craft of shaping locally sourced vernacular camel leather. Traditional techniques such as molding, stamping and stitching allow craftsmen to transform and shape flat sheets of camel leather to a myriad of complex 3dimensional forms. Participants will be introduced to a series of techniques that help in transforming leather into a series of functional objects and artifacts. Participants are invited to leave the workshop with the company of the objects and artifacts that they crafted.

Time: 16:00 – 16:45pm and 17:00 – 17:45pm
Host: Give A Ghaf
Location: House 19
Activity: Ghaf Tree planting workshop
Overview: Each session will begin with a presentation on why the Ghaf tree is important culturally as well as environmentally and will explain the process of finding the tree, why it’s so difficult. Participants will fill pots with soil and plant a seed for their own Ghaf tree, which will be labeled with their name. The planted trees will be left on site during the 3 days of the workshops, then taken to nursery, where people can go to follow the progress of their tree.

Time: 16:30 – 18:00pm
Host: Abdel Fatah on behalf of Dar Al Khatt Calligraphy House
Location: House 19
Activity: Arabic calligraphy workshop.
Overview: Abdel Fatah will teach participants the art of Arabic calligraphy.

Time: 16:30 – 18:30pm
Host: Kayoko Iemura
Location: House 19
Activity: Talk
Overview: Talk about local artist to international artist – finding, nurturing and supporting the artist.

Time: 17:00 – 19:00pm
Host: The Animation Chamber
Location: House 12
Activity: Shadow Puppets workshop
Overview: Participants will learn what it takes to create shadow puppets and perform on a small theatre.

Time: 18:00 – 19:30pm
Host: Rayden Kusumo
Location: House 19
Activity: Comic Book Style Drawing workshop
Overview: Rayden will teach participants the art of drawing in comic book style

Time: 19:00 – 22:00pm
Host: The Animation Chamber
Location: House 12
Activity: Realizing The Dream talk
Overview: Boubaker Boukhari will walk participants through the journey of realizing short animated films in the UAE. He will tackle the different sides of a short animated film, beginning with idea and script, developing character design and animation, and ending with post-production and distribution.

Kids
Time:
16:00 – 19:00pm
Host: Rabi Georges
Location: Kids workshop area
Activity: Creative Movement Workshop – Age 6-11
Overview: Children will be taken through parts of the exhibition to explore the artworks. Based on they will translate the artworks into movement, based on the colours, materials and form of the artwork.

Time: 16:00 – 18:00pm
Host: Chiho Namba
Location: Kids workshop area
Activity: Origami Workshop
Overview: Chiho will teach children the art of Japanese paper folding

Time: 19:00 – 20:00pm
Host: Rock Camp for Girls UAE
Location: Kids workshop area
Activity: Rhythms, Beats & Jammin’ Workshop – Age 8-18
Overview: One of the best things about being a musician is having a jam! Join RCFG UAE drummer Francy as she sets the beat for the girls. Workshop attendees will learn the principles behind rhythm and by the end of the workshop be able to pick up an instrument for a fun jam!

View Saturday 22nd March schedule
View Sunday 23rd March schedule
View Monday 24th March schedule
View Tuesday 25th March schedule


Saturday 22nd March

Adults
Time:
12:00 – 15:00pm
Host: Naser Al Zayani on behalf of The Design House
Location: House 33
Activity: Everyone Can Draw workshop
Overview: This workshop will attempt to change people’s perceptions of what is considered a beautiful drawing. The blind contour drawing technique will be introduced as a tool of discovery, where participants will draw each other without looking down at the paper. The workshop is also conceived as a collaborative exercise where individuals will be paired to draw each other for a set interval of time. Once the set interval runs out, pairs will be switched. With the change of pairs comes a change in media to allow participants to explore different paths of making impressions.

Focused solely on their partner and their particular features, the participants will attempt to coordinate the movement of their hands to the visual stimuli absorbed by closely examining a person’s features. Participants will not know where their lines end or begin, and will not be able to fix any mistakes. The marks are evidence of a process of discovery.

Time: 12:00 – 16:00pm
Host: The Animation Chamber
Location: House 12
Activity: Cutout Puppets workshop
Overview: Attendees will be introduced to traditional animation, focus on the details of creating 2D puppets for achieving best results, and animate their puppets on a light-box.

Time: 14:00 – 16:00pm
Host: ISEA2014 – Zayed University, led by Nazima Ahmed
Location: House 19
Activity: “Sounds of the City” workshop
Overview: This workshop explores the relationship between sound and community through everyday life. The aim is to create dynamic, wearable sound based prints that express Dubai’s identity.

Time:
14:00 – 17:00pm
Host: Michelle Harvey
Location: House 19
Activity: Bookbinding workshop
Overview: The workshop includes a discussion on how to choose the right paper in terms of grain and weight. Participants will learn to create a hard back book using the French Link stitch.

Time: 15:00 – 18:00pm
Host: Emirates Photographers Forum
Location: Al Fahidi and the Creek
Activity: Dubai Photowalk
Overview: Participants will be taken on a tour of Al Fahidi, the Creek and the Spice Souk with professional photographers who will also be teaching them about street photography

Time: 16:00 – 18:00pm
Host: ISEA2014 – Zayed University
Location: House 19
Activity: Mobile Escapades workshop
Overview: This workshop aims to encourage participants to experiment the possibilities of using stop motion and experimental sounds to create an art video and a sensory experience. The participants will use their cell phones to take videos/photos of random objects and locations around Al Fahidi, alongside experimenting with sound, as an interesting and engaging force. Visitors to SIKKA and the community will be given the opportunity to contribute to Mobile Escapades by sending their short-length videos to mobileescapades@gmail.com

Time: 16:00 – 19:00pm
Host: The Animation Chamber
Location: House 12
Activity: Shadow Puppets workshop
Overview: Attendees will learn what it takes to create shadow puppets and perform behind a screen of a small theatre.

Time: 16:30 – 18:00pm
Host: Sara Japanwalla
Location: House 19
Activity: Fashion Illustration for Beginners workshop
Overview: Sara will hold a one-off Fashion Illustration workshop for beginners where she will outline painting techniques and tips on how to get started, quick ways to translate your ideas onto paper and how to render fabrics realistically.

Time: 16:30 – 18:30pm
Host: Yusaku Imamura
Location: House 19
Activity: Talk
Overview: Towards a creative city – the importance of platform, encouraging creative activity, as engine of the city.

Time: 18:00 – 21:00pm
Host: The Design House
Location: House 33
Activity: Talin workshop
Overview: The workshop will introduce participants to design their own sand lamp Participants will be introduced to a series of techniques that help in transforming sand into a series of structural functional objects | pods.

Time: 19:00 – 21:00pm
Host: Khalid Mezaina for The Magazine Shop
Location: Courtyard A
Activity: DIY Zine Workshop
Overview: Ever wanted to create your own magazine? Artist Khalid Mezaina is getting together all the materials you will need for this while guiding you along the way to create a physical product you are proud of! This event aims to get more people involved with print while also creating a educational platform to learn more on the field.

Time: 19:00 – 22:00pm
Host: The Animation Chamber
Location: House 12
Activity: History of Animation talk – Moving Image Museum, Dubai
Overview: The Animation Chamber brings you this talk in collaboration with Dubai Museum of Moving Images. It will focus on how animation came to shape chronologically through moving paper toys and later manifested in cinema through the magic lantern and projection.

Kids

Time: 13:00 – 16:00pm
Host: Rabi Georges
Location: Kids workshop area
Activity: Creative Movement Workshop – Age 12-18
Overview: Children will be taken through parts of the exhibition to explore the artworks. Based on they will translate the artworks into movement, based on the colours, materials and form of the artwork.

Time: 16:00 – 18:00pm
Host: Chiho Namba
Location: Kids workshop area
Activity: Origami Workshop
Overview: Chiho will teach children the art of Japanese paper folding

Time: 12:00 – 13:30pm and 16:00 – 17.30pm
Host: Lynette ten Krooden & The Majlis Gallery
Location: Kids workshop area
Activity: Sketching & Using A Sketchbook Workshop
Overview: Suitable for 8 – 14 year olds. Participants will receive a sketch book and 2 sketching pencils each with the use of The Galleries dry colour materials. Tutored by South African Artist Lynette Ten Krooden the purpose of these workshops is to instill in young artists the importance of notating visual observations in sketch book form.

View Friday 21st March schedule
View Sunday 23rd March schedule
View Monday 24th March schedule
View Tuesday 25th March schedule


Sunday 23rd March

Adults
Time: 14:00 – 16:00pm
Host: ISEA2014 – Zayed University
Location: House 19
Activity: Mobile Escapades workshop
Overview: This workshop aims to encourage participants to experiment the possibilities of using stop motion and experimental sounds to create an art video and a sensory experience. The participants will use their cell phones to take videos/photos of random objects and locations around Al Fahidi, alongside experimenting with sound, as an interesting and engaging force. Visitors to SIKKA and the community will be given the opportunity to contribute to Mobile Escapades by sending their short-length videos to mobileescapades@gmail.com

Time: 16:00 – 19:00pm
Host: The Animation Chamber
Location: House 12
Activity: Shadow Puppets workshop
Overview: Attendees will learn what it takes to create shadow puppets and perform behind a screen of a small theatre.

Time: 18:00 – 20:00pm
Host: ISEA2014 – Zayed University
Location: House 19
Activity: Mobile Escapades workshop
Overview: This workshop aims to encourage participants to experiment the possibilities of using stop motion and experimental sounds to create an art video and a sensory experience. The participants will use their cell phones to take videos/photos of random objects and locations around Al Fahidi, alongside experimenting with sound, as an interesting and engaging force. Visitors to SIKKA and the community will be given the opportunity to contribute to Mobile Escapades by sending their short-length videos to mobileescapades@gmail.com

Time:
18:30 – 19:30pm
Host: Architectural Heritage Society & Dubai Municipality
Location: House 19
Activity: Talk
Overview: Talk with Mr. Rashad Mohammed Bukhash, director of Dubai Municipality, about the Dubai Creek bid for Unesco World Heritage Site status.

Time: 19:00 – 20:30pm
Host: Rayden Kusumo
Location: House 19
Activity: Comic Book Style Drawing workshop
Overview: Rayden will teach participants the art of drawing in comic book style

Time: 19:00 – 22:00pm
Host: The Animation Chamber
Location: House 12
Activity: Unstuck workshop
Overview: Offered by the talented Noura Sadaka, this workshop aims at giving concrete tangible tools to approach creativity and work with the creative process in a state of flow. This workshop is a reminder of the ongoing nature of the creative process.

Time: 20:00 – 21:00pm
Host: The Outpost for The Magazine Shop
Location: Courtyard A
Activity: Talk
Overview: Narrative Journalism Talk and Q&A

View Friday 21st March schedule
View Saturday 22nd March schedule

View Monday 24th March schedule
View Tuesday 25th March schedule


Monday 24th March

Adults
Time:
14:00 – 16:00pm
Host: ISEA2014 – Zayed University
Location: House 19
Activity: Mobile Escapades workshop
Overview: This workshop aims to encourage participants to experiment the possibilities of using stop motion and experimental sounds to create an art video and a sensory experience. The participants will use their cell phones to take videos/photos of random objects and locations around Al Fahidi, alongside experimenting with sound, as an interesting and engaging force. Visitors to SIKKA and the community will be given the opportunity to contribute to Mobile Escapades by sending their short-length videos to mobileescapades@gmail.com

Time: 14:00 – 18:00
Host: Xeina on behalf of The Design House
Location: House 33
Activity: Pinch and Slab Pottery Workshop
Overview: The workshop aims to introduce pottery as an indulging and creative experience. Clay is a living material that has life phases earthenware, stoneware and ceramic, all of which will be introduced to the participants. Using methods such as pinching and slab making, participants will produce pinch pots and slab pots. Consequently, they will learn what the material is capable of becoming in its first phase of life in regards to its materiality, form and structure. Moving on to the next phase of the clay’s life, the participants will be able to visually and sensually familiarize themselves with what the clay should look and feel like, as well as what it can accept such as impressions, carvings and other decorative and design elements. With the results of the semi finished products, the participants would be able to gain a sense of appreciation for the uniqueness of each product and thus an appreciation of the physical act of pottery.

Time: 14:00 – 16:00pm and 17:00 – 22:00
Host: The Animation Chamber
Location: House 12
Activity: Shadow Puppets workshop
Overview: Attendees will learn what it takes to create shadow puppets and perform behind a screen of a small theatre.

Time: 14:00 – 22:00pm
Host: Architectural Heritage Society
Location: House 8
Activity: Photo editing and retouching workshop
Overview: Participants will be taught how to edit and retouch photos digitally using software.

Time: 18:00 – 20:00pm
Host: ISEA2014 – Zayed University
Location: House 19
Activity: Mobile Escapades workshop
Overview: This workshop aims to encourage participants to experiment the possibilities of using stop motion and experimental sounds to create an art video and a sensory experience. The participants will use their cell phones to take videos/photos of random objects and locations around Al Fahidi, alongside experimenting with sound, as an interesting and engaging force. Visitors to SIKKA and the community will be given the opportunity to contribute to Mobile Escapades by sending their short-length videos to mobileescapades@gmail.com

Time: 19:00 – 20:00pm
Host: Tasmena
Location: House 19
Activity: TasmenaTALKS
Overview: A public round-table discussion inviting people to share personal experiences in and about the neighbourhood. Contributions will become part of an active installation onsite. The installation will allow the conversation to start before and continue after the tasmenaTALKS event.

Time: 19:00 – 20:30pm
Host: The State
Location: House 19
Activity: Talk – “What Else Can The Book Do?”
Overview: The State is a publishing practice based out of Dubai, U.A.E. It investigates South-South reorientations, alternative futurisms, transgressive cultural criticism, the transition from analogue to digital, and the sensuous architecture of this “printernet”. This talk will present The State as a practice: what they do, how they do it, and the thought behind each of their volumes. The talk will trace the editorial and design evolution of the project, followed by a discussion about the book as object, experimental publishing today and ‘what else can the book do?’

Kids
Time:
15:00 – 16:00pm
Host: Elise Vazelakis
Location: Kids workshop area
Activity: Hand Weaving Workshop
Overview: Children will be introduced to weaving and patterns by creating a paper weaving project that makes a colourful impact. They will also discover a short history of weaving cloth and patterns. Children will also weave on a cardboard loom that they will learn to make themselves and weave with using different fabrics and yarns

View Friday 21st March schedule
View Saturday 22nd March schedule

View Sunday 23rd March schedule
View Tuesday 25th March schedule


Tuesday 25th March

Adults
Time:
18:00 – 22:00pm
Host: The Animation Chamber
Location: House 12
Activity: Shadow Puppet workshop
Overview: Attendees will learn what it takes to create shadow puppets and perform behind a screen of a small theatre.

Time: 18:00 – 20:00pm
Host: The Design House
Location: House 12
Activity: Talks by 4 different speakers.
Overview: Speakers include William Sarnecky, Assistant Professor in Architecture, Art & Design College at the American University of Sharjah); Hussein Al Azaat and Ali Al Masri, founders of Wajha Social Initiative based in Amman, Jordan; Marwan Shakarchi, founder of Myne and yours label; and Najla Al Bassam, founder of Haya Design Studio based in Jeddah, Saudi.

Kids
Time:
15:00 – 18:00pm
Host: Mariam de Ricaud
Location: Kids workshop area
Activity: Build From Your Garbage Bin
Overview: Children will make sculptures from recycled materials

View Friday 21st March schedule
View Saturday 22nd March schedule

View Sunday 23rd March schedule
View Monday 24th March schedule

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