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11th Sikka Art and Design Festival kicks off in Dubai

Art Dubai 28 Feb 23
11th Sikka Art and Design Festival kicks off in Dubai
11th Sikka Art and Design Festival kicks off in Dubai. The event houses 6 murals, 9 outdoor installations, and over 100 talks, panels and workshops
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
28 February 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
05 March 2023, 12:00 AM

The 11th edition of the Sikka Art and Design Festival kicked off at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood on Friday. On the opening day, crowds of art lovers and families thronged the area to look at the various artworks and participate in free workshops.

It was inaugurated by Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture, who toured the houses of the neighbourhood, each presenting a vibrant range of artwork.

The current edition of the festival houses 6 murals, 9 outdoor installations, and over 100 talks, panels and workshops that highlight the trends of the international arts sector. In addition to this, a wide range of cinematic and musical performances and entertainment activities will be held along with over 30 local F&B concepts in collaboration with Brand Dubai, celebrating the local culture and rich flavours of Dubai.

Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and member of the Dubai Council, the festival will run until March 5. The art festival is held under the theme ‘New creativity. Same Path’.

The installation ‘Threads of Time: weaving history on a blank canvas’, produced by Emirati artists Hamda Ahmad Al Falahi and Reema Al Mheiri, appreciates the region’s rich heritage of weaving. It is an interactive installation where visitors can tie multi-coloured threads on the artwork.

Hala Badri visited House 31 and was briefed on the output of 14 artists, including the installation work ‘Shahin’ created by Melika Shahin, in which she explores the intersection between heritage, belonging and escaping from reality, and ‘Rugs’ by Areen, which aims to inspire the audience to communicate their love to others. She also saw the origami-influenced installation ‘Mirrorigami’ by Ali Bahmani, and a group work created by students of the Higher Colleges of Technology – Saif Saud Alreyami, Hamad Al Jasmi, and Mohammad Ahmad AlDhanhani.

The Talli House, by artists Sarah AlKhayyal, Hajer Al Tenaji, Feryal Al Bastaki, Munira Al Mulla and Noora Taher, celebrates the UAE's success in registering the traditional art on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. One of the areas, Bait Al Khazaf, houses the works of 35 artists including sculptures and artistic installations.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention is participating in the festival for the first time this year at House 5. The MOHAP is using an innovative and interactive 'Art for Health' initiative to convey the message of the National Programme for Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (Hayat).

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