Emirates News Agency – Dubai Art Season returns in 2022 with unique activities

DUBAI, 1st February 2022 (WAM) — Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairwoman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Authority today announced a unique blend of arts and cultural events in February and March under the umbrella of the Dubai Art Season (DAS) 2022.

This year’s edition includes a series of creative initiatives and events organized across Dubai, themed ‘Take a Walk on the Art Side’, transforming the emirate into an ‘open art exhibition’ that invites citizens, residents and visitors to experience the extraordinary enjoy experiences. The participation of artists from the United Arab Emirates, the region and around the world in these events aims to enrich the emirate’s thriving arts scene.

Over the course of two months, DAS 2022 will offer a comprehensive arts and culture festival, starting with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, taking place in partnership with Dubai Culture at Al Habtoor City Hotels from 3rd to 13th February. Beginning with Emirati Cultural Day, the festival highlights the richness of Emirati literature.

There will be a range of artistic and cultural celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s largest exhibition and cultural gathering. At these events, young pianists revive the works of the late Polish musician Frederic Chopin in the exhibition’s Poland Pavilion, while the Digital Art Wall in the New Zealand Pavilion offers visitors the opportunity to choose and comment on one of 120 artworks to hang on New Zealand the Wall. Hammour House brings together fishermen, scientists, artists and 3,000 students to create a collaborative work of art at the Jamjar Gallery on Alserkal Avenue.

One of Dubai Culture’s flagship initiatives, Sikka Art and Design Festival 2022 returns to the historic Al Fahidi district for its 10th edition from 15-24 March, with events celebrating creativity and aesthetic excellence in various art forms including visual arts, theatre, music, film and song, featuring emerging talent from the United Arab Emirates and GCC.

The season’s program also includes Art Dubai, the Middle East’s leading international art fair, showcasing contemporary and modern art from around the world. The event, which brings together art enthusiasts from all over the world in Dubai, offers many workshops, lectures and events from March 11th to 13th at Madinat Jumeirah. This year’s edition of the exhibition features a dedicated section exploring the world of digital and crypto art.

The season also includes World Art Dubai, offering art lovers, institutional buyers and collectors an ideal destination to satisfy their artistic ambitions. Running from March 16-19, the exhibition reinforces the city’s position as a pre-eminent cultural and artistic center that encompasses a unique blend of arts, education and entertainment.

As part of the season’s activities, Dubai Culture, in collaboration with Bulgari, will announce the winners of the Bulgari Contemporary Art Award on February 9th. The award was launched in July 2021 with the support of the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to provide an innovative platform to support local contemporary art talent. In cooperation with the Bulgari Group, the Authority is also holding an exhibition from February 3rd to 9th at the Van de Goudenberg Art Gallery in the Dubai International Financial Center to show the works of all participants of the award.

The Dubai Art Season also offers a wide range of other rich artistic and cultural experiences and events. On March 28, DIFC Sculpture Park will showcase an eclectic collection of public art installations along two waterways surrounding the iconic DIFC Gate. The park displays regional and international works for the enjoyment of the public and visitors to the DIFC area.

The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation will open the “Eshraqat” exhibition on February 2nd and the digital art theater on February 18th and 19th, in which a unique mixture of classical music and digital art can be experienced. The season will also witness a series of art exhibitions organized by Art Jameel through the end of March and a series of foundry exhibitions which started on January 17th and will continue until February 25th. The Akaas Visual Arts Center is also holding an exhibition in the Al Fahidi historical district from February 5th to 19th. Other activities include the Aisha Alabbar Gallery in Al Quoz and a group exhibition sponsored by the Tashkeel Center and Emirati artist Jassim Al Awadhi.

The Libraries Talks – Literary Sessions series at Al Safa Art and Design Library, launched by Dubai Culture in January 2022, will continue until the end of March. The Authority will also continue to welcome visitors to the ‘When Images Speak’ exhibition at the Etihad Museum until next May, in addition to the month of reading activities that the Authority is preparing to promote reading as a daily habit ingrained in all members of society, in addition to a variety of other creative activities.

The Dubai Art Season is a comprehensive annual artistic celebration, bringing together diverse creative events and activities in public spaces, in addition to external art projects, interactive initiatives, workshops, exhibitions, roundtables and performing arts, through which Dubai Culture seeks to inspire participation and culture and making art accessible to everyone, everywhere, supporting and empowering promising talent and solidifying Dubai’s position as a global hub for culture, an incubator for creativity and a thriving hub for talent, as well as the global capital of the creative economy.

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