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April 2019

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

24 April - 30 April
ADNEC Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

ADIBF is back, in its 29th edition. Reportedly over 250,000 visitors came to last year's event; this year there will be more than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries, displaying some 500,000 titles. Famous names attending…

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The Sleeping Beauty

26 April
Dubai Opera Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map

The National Ballet of Ukraine accompanied by a full symphony orchestra delivers the Tchaikovsky classic. We're promised "an enchanting experience for all the family". We're not sure about the principals, but when this production toured…

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Art Jameel Youth Assembly Takeover

26 April @ 4.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Jameel Arts Centre, Al Jaddaf
Dubai,
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Free, but pre-register

The inaugural Jameel Youth Assembly has been meeting since October 2018, debating ideas and devising their own programming. On 26 April they take over the Jameel, with a ‘festival-style’ public event featuring new installations, digital…

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Building an exhibition – Photographs 1842-1896: An Early Album of the World

26 April @ 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi,
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Free

Join Christine Barthe, curator of the current exhibition of early photographs, as she discusses how the development of photography helped to shape the world view of people and cultures in the 19th century.

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’Night, Mother

26 April @ 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
AED105

The third full length play to be presented by Orb Theatricals – founded by Sabiha Majgaonkar in 2014 and currently the only theatre group in Dubai to be run by an all-women committee – is…

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Andrea Bocelli

26 April @ 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
du Arena, Yas Island
Abu Dhabi,
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AED 395 – AED 995

The crowd-pleasing tenor is back for another sure-to-be-spectacular show of operatic and popular songs. He obviously likes the UAE – this is his umpteenth visit here – and the feeling is clearly reciprocated.

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The Zoo Story

26 April @ 8.30 pm - 9.30 pm
The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,
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AED 60

A second night for the H72 production of Edward Albee’s influential one-act play. Written in 1958, it is a stunning tour de force by a new playwright that appears theatrically simple – two very different…

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1001 Nights: The Last Chapter

26 April @ 9.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Al Majaz Amphitheatre Sharjah, + Google Map
AED 150 – AED 200

This spectacular production – claimed to be the largest of its kind, with 537 people involved as artists and behind the scenes (including a 51-piece orchestra) – represents the grand opening of the year-long celebrations…

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’Night, Mother

27 April
The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
AED105

Two further performances of Orb Theatricals' presentation of the powerful Pulitzer prize winner by Marsha Norman, a poignant study of depression and its consequences. Sabiha Majgaonkar directs and also plays the mother; Meghana Mundkur is…

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Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition 2019

27 April
Wafi Mall Dubai, + Google Map
Free

The biennial Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition, now in its 10th season, will feature a variety of artists and typographers who have adopted the medium to their own sensibilities, practices and expressions; there's a full…

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The Sleeping Beauty

27 April
Dubai Opera Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map

A second day of performances for the National Ballet of Ukraine accompanied by a full symphony orchestra delivering the Tchaikovsky classic. We're promised "an enchanting experience for all the family". We're not sure about the…

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The Salt of the Earth: dir Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado (2014)

27 April @ 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi,
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For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has travelled across continents, witnessing some of the major events of our recent history. He is now embarking on the discovery of untouched terrains, of wild…

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Richard Ketley: Swahili

27 April @ 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Bur Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free

Ketley's first solo exhibition in Dubai includes large canvases and smaller works on drafting film and photomontage, a response to "a language, a culture, a coral blue coastline, a style, a palette – a world…

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The Zoo Story

27 April @ 8.30 pm - 9.30 pm
The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,
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AED 60

Third and final night for the H72 production of Edward Albee’s influential one-act play about isolation and the need for human contact. Assyl Yacine plays Peter, the apparently successful publishing executive whose peaceful solitude is…

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1001 Nights: The Last Chapter

27 April @ 9.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Al Majaz Amphitheatre Sharjah, + Google Map
AED 150 – AED 200

Last night for his spectacular production – claimed to be the largest of its kind, with 537 people involved as artists and behind the scenes (including a 51-piece orchestra) – representing the grand opening of…

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Healing Wounds

28 April @ 9.00 am - 10.00 pm
La Galerie, Alliance Francaise
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free

An exhibition of images by the award-winning Italian photographer and journalist Alessio Mamo in 2017, highlighting the stories of patients treated at the Médecins Sans Frontières Reconstructive Surgery Hospital in Amman; the hospital was set…

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Commissioning the Emerging Artist: Three Views

28 April @ 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
NYUAD Art Gallery, Saadiyat
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Free, but pre-register

Panel discussion including artists Ayesha Hadhir and Mona Ayyash and curators Maya Allison and Laura Metzler. What does it mean to commission a new artwork? What challenges are unique to the commission process? Where do the…

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Sunday Night Comedy: This is Impro

28 April @ 8.00 pm - 9.15 pm
Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free, but donations welcome

An evening of scenes, stories and narrative improvisation featuring the Courtyard's most experienced performers. Ten titles are chosen by the audience and spontaneously brought to life by the improvisers.

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Vitae

28 April @ 8.00 pm - 9.00 pm
NYUAD Arts Center Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free, but pre-register

A student-led dance project with ten dancers, an original score, and the semi-professional choreographic debut of  Theater and Economics student Kevin Ke. He has been involved in promoting dance at NYUAD and is currently the…

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LAST CHANCE Luca Valentini: Turn on the Light

29 April
Sconci Art Gallery, Dubai Design District
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free

A total of 24 new works in two series – one reinterpreting newspaper covers, movie posters and advertisements (“to emphasise the purely imaginary aspect of my work, I worked with pure bright colours, often phosphorescent.…

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Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary: dir John Scheinfeld (2016)

29 April @ 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

Powerful and passionate portrait of a remarkable artist, a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption, and a film for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. A…

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Noor Bahjat: Vantage Point

29 April @ 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Ayyam Gallery Alserkal Avenue Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

Noor Bahjat was one of the first participants in the Young Artist in Residency Program established by the Samawi Foundation, and during her two-year residency in Ayyam Gallery she developed a painterly expressionistic style with…

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Art Souq 2019

29 April @ 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen
Abu Dhabi,
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Free

Etihad Modern Art's annual event targeting new and young collectors with artworks at AED 15,000 or below. To 17 August.

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Yomeddine: dir Abu Bakr Shawky (2018)

29 April @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Reem Island
Abu Dhabi,
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Free

Although long since cured, Beshay has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood; but when his wife dies, he decides to go in search of his roots.…

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Monday Night Theatre: Jane Austen Offscript

29 April @ 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Free, but contribution welcome

Entirely improvised play in the style (more or less) of Jane Austen, based on audience suggestions for a suitable title.

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Danser Casa

29 April @ 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
NYUAD Arts Center Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
AED 100

Two pioneers of French hip hop, Mourad Merzouki (Compagnie Käfig, creator of Pixel) and Kader Attou (Compagnie Accrorap), go back to the roots of street dance as they choreograph this piece for eight dancers –…

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Stormy Weather: dir Andrew L Stone (1943)

29 April @ 9.00 pm - 10.30 pm
Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

Newly restored print of the groundbreaking musical with an all-African-American cast, perhaps never matched for sheer brilliance. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson stars as a World War I veteran who hopes to make it big as a…

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LAST CHANCE Rhodiola

30 April
Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free

Alserkal Residency selected Athens-based collective 3 137 – made up of artists Chrysanthi Koumianaki, former Alserkal Residency artist-in-residence Kosmas Nikolaou, and Paky Vlassopoulou – to curate Rhodiola, the first commission under Alserkal Avenue’s not-for-profit Alserkal Residency. Rhodiola explores…

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LAST CHANCE Philip Mueller: TIBE NOW – Free Drinks, Boots, and Tickets to the Apocalypse

30 April
Salsali Private Museum, Unit 14 Alserkal Avenue
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free

The final Dubai exhibition of Salsali Private Museum presents new and site-specific works by Austrian painter Philip Mueller alongside a selection of paintings from the Salsali collection (founder Ramin Salsali has been acquiring Mueller's work for…

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LAST CHANCE Tribute to Women

30 April
Aisha Alabbar Art Gallery, Warehouse 101, Al Quoz 2
Dubai,
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Free

Work by seven women artists – Anna Galea, Humeira Hussain, Shadab Khan and Mireille Coti de Gelmini, plus three Artists in Residence for the first four days of the show: Madhuri Bhaduri, Esraa Zidan and…

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Jalal Bin Thaneya: Beyond the Fence

30 April
Tashkeel Studio, Nad Al Sheba
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free

The first solo exhibition for the self-taught Dubai-based "industrial fine arts photographer", whose large-format compositions explore abandoned industrial landscapes of the Emirates – "the unavoidable byproduct of modernity ... exposing society’s all-encompassing reliance on oil…

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LAST CHANCE M WOODS at The Dubai Mall

30 April @ 10.00 am - 11.59 pm
Dubai Mall Dubai, + Google Map
Free

Exhibition of around 40 artworks from the permanent collection of the Beijing contemporary art museum M WOODS, curated by Michael Xufu Huang and shown for the first time in the Middle East. They include Taiwanese…

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Sabyn Javeri

30 April @ 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Le Pain Quotidien, Marina Mall
Dubai,
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Free

Dubai Literary Salon hosts a book reading and signing by the award-winning short story writer and novelist. Javeri was born in Pakistan and now lives between London and Karachi, where she teaches creative writing; her…

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La nuit des rois

30 April @ 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Alliance Française Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
AED 45

This is the French version of  Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Thomas Ostermeier for the Comédie-Française and recorded at Salle Richelieu, Paris. Through the amorous plot of disguised identities, Ostermeier's first production at the Comédie-Française highlights the bewildering reactions to desire…

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May 2019

LAST CHANCE Bernhard Buhmann: The Chaser, the Ambusher and the Fickle

1 May
Carbon 12 Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

Titled after the ghost characters from the classic arcade game Pac-Man, Bernhard Buhmann’s latest solo show dissects issues of identity and societal uncertainty in a world teetering at the edge of technological singularity. Using Pac-Man as…

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LAST CHANCE Tagreed Darghouth: Strange Fruit

1 May
Tabari Artspace, Gate Village, Level 2, DIFC
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free

Tabari’s exhibition for Art Week is the first solo exhibition for Tagreed Darghouth in Dubai. The works on display juxtapose pastoral landscapes populated with Palestine’s ubiquitous olive trees and images depicting the destruction and violence…

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LAST CHANCE Yahya Dehghanpour: Ode to Spring

1 May
Aaran Projects, Neauphle Le Chateau, Lolagar St. No 5.
Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Free

Yahya Dehghanpour has chosen a set of photographs to offer a simple paean to spring. Most of these images are the result of his exploration of the everyday life in mountainsides of Tehran, namely Emamzadeh…

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Amy Dickson & Amir Fouad

1 May @ 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Dubai Opera
AED 150

The Dubai Opera Studio's 2019 series continues with a rally interesting combination – Amy Dickson (saxophone) and Amir Fouad (piano). Gramophone described Dickson as “a player with a difference who has an individual and unusual tone, luscious, silky-smooth,…

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Wednesday Night Improv: Maestro

1 May @ 8.00 pm - 9.30 pm
Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Free, but contribution welcome

Ten actors converge for a night of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. The audience rates the players and after each round those with the lowest scores are eliminated. The last one standing…

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Suspended in Motion: Two One-Act Plays by Najwa Yassir

2 May @ 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free, but contribution welcome

Dubai Drama Group presents this evening of two one-act comedies by the UAE-based Canadian-Palestinian playwright Najwa Yassir. In 32, ambitious Arab architect Aisha finds herself stuck in an elevator with Bill, an American farmer who has…

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The Half Hours

3 May @ 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
DIFC Gate Village Dubai, + Google Map
Free, but pre-register

To mark Dubomedy's 11th birthday, the comedy specialists are giving three alumni a 30-minute stand-up comedy special: Mish’al Eskander, Sundeep Fernandes and Liz Bains. The show will be co-hosted by Dubomedy's Ali Al Sayed and…

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Suspended in Motion: Two One-Act Plays by Najwa Yassir

3 May @ 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free, but contribution welcome

Second evening for Dubai Drama Group's presentation of two one-act comedies by the UAE-based Canadian-Palestinian playwright Najwa Yassir. In 32, ambitious Arab architect Aisha finds herself stuck in an elevator with Bill, an American farmer who…

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LAST CHANCE Healing Wounds

4 May
La Galerie, Alliance Francaise
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free

An exhibition of images by the award-winning Italian photographer and journalist Alessio Mamo in 2017, highlighting the stories of patients treated at the Médecins Sans Frontières Reconstructive Surgery Hospital in Amman; the hospital was set…

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Attitude X Recital: Exposure

4 May
NYUAD Arts Center Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free, but pre-register

Presented by NYUAD Attitude Dance Society along with NYUAD PE Courses, Fantasia Ballet, and Body Tree Dance Studio, the two shows (at 7pm and 9pm)  feature a variety of dance style ranging from Hip-hop to ballet.…

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Suspended in Motion: Two One-Act Plays by Najwa Yassir

4 May
Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free, but contribution welcome

Final performances for Dubai Drama Group's production of two one-act comedies by the UAE-based Canadian-Palestinian playwright Najwa Yassir. In 32, ambitious Arab architect Aisha finds herself stuck in an elevator with Bill, an American farmer who…

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LAST CHANCE Taher Jaoui and Pokras Lampas: Impossible until it is done

4 May @ 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
Opera Gallery, DIFC
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free

Entertainingly titled show by two self-taught artists. Jaoui mixes various techniques and languages in his compositions; Lampas has a calligraphy/street art style. Above: Pokras Lampas, Diptych: Creator of the New Culture

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LAST CHANCE Kamrooz Aram: Arabesque

5 May
Green Art Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

Over the years, Aram has developed a rich painterly language through which he has explored ornament and the decorative in the history and discourse of modern art. In this exhibition, his third solo show with…

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Salman Qureshi’s Curry Bunch

5 May @ 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Free, but donations welcome

The region’s first and only Desi improv group promise to whip up a menu of comedy and laughs based on your suggestions. Salman Qureshi leads a troupe of self-proclaimed ‘brown improvisers’;  a "token white improviser"…

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LAST CHANCE Hassan Sharif: Blue

6 May
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

Sharif’s third solo show at GIVDE celebrates the late artist’s highly individualistic approach to colour. Spanning multiple bodies of work – paintings, Objects, Boxes, Experiments and even semi-System-like pieces – Blue shows how the tireless…

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Speechless – Improvised PowerPoint

6 May @ 8.00 pm - 9.45 pm
Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Free, but contribution welcome

Entertainers, entrepreneurs, and even enthusiastic audience members take to the stage with a microphone, a PowerPoint deck of images that they've never seen before, and a random selector for the kind of talk they have…

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