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July 2019

The Breaking Point: dir Michael Curtiz (1950)

22 July @ 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm
Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
Free, but pre-register

Michael Curtiz navigates charter-boat captain John Garfield through this surprisingly faithful adaptation of Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not. The consensus is that it's an excellent noirish tragedy that makes an interesting comparison with Howard…

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The Land: dir Yousseff Chahine (1969)

24 July @ 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi,
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This newly restored masterpiece by the iconic Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine (1926 -2008) details the struggle of a group of peasant farmers in the 1930s to protect their fields and their livelihood from feudal control.…

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Balqis Al Rashid: This is life

24 July @ 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
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Free

Second of two performance evenings by Balquis Al Rashid, "Saudi artist, retired designer, and former Lebanese diva". This one is for both women and men, and promises an immersive evening of performance, meditation, food, and…

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Sashikanth Thavudoz: Isolated Houses

25 July @ 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Alserkal Residency Project Space, Warehouse 50, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,
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An excursion with 2019 Summer Cycle resident Sashikanth Thavudoz investigating the relationships between built environments and nature; Sashikanth translates his personal experiences in Dubai in this off-site visit and through the context of displacement, he…

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Jason Manford: Muddle Class Tour

25 July @ 9.00 pm - 10.30 pm
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR
Dubai,
AED 230

The defiantly Northern comedian brings his current (and well-received) stand-up show to Dubai for one night only. It focuses on his childhood growing up in a working-class family and his transformation into a middle-class adult;…

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Alserkal Summer Programme: Foretold Now

27 July @ 10.00 am - 7.00 pm
Alserkal Avenue Dubai,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
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A programme of debate, music, and dialogue on the theme of forecasting the future: what drives our need to prophesy and speculate? What are the dangers? What kind of demands does our perception of future…

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LAST CHANCE Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts

28 July
Warehouse421, Mina Zayed
Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
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Free

Curated by Dr Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès and shown in collaboration with Khatt Foundation, Warehouse421’s exhibition of nine specially commissioned artworks seeks to explore the origins of six of the most influential alphabets in the Middle…

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LAST CHANCE Lest We Forget: the Universality of Family Photographs

28 July
Warehouse421, Mina Zayed
Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
Free

The ‘Lest We Forget’ project aims to provide tangible memories of the UAE. This time its exhibition (and accompanying book) brings together disparate photographs taken by unrelated families living in the UAE and Spain during…

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Pavarotti: dir Ron Howard (2019)

28 July
Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,
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AED 52.50

Academy Award winner Ron Howard once again turns his attention to the world of music, with a film that offers a rich brew of archival footage, interviews, and candid photography about the larger-than-life figure who…

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A Behanding in Spokane

28 July @ 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
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AED 100

H72 Productions is bringing Martin McDonagh’s black comedy to the Junction. It’s a characteristically interesting choice: the play is set in a seedy hotel room where a one-handed man named Carmichael is negotiating with a…

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A Behanding in Spokane

29 July
The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
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AED 100

The final performances of H72's production of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy. It’s a characteristically interesting choice: the play is set in a seedy hotel room where a one-handed man named Carmichael is negotiating with a…

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Straight/Curve – Redefining Body Image: dir Jenny McQuaile (2017)

29 July @ 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,
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Free

Jenny McQuaile's documentary examines the industries responsible for the major body-image crisis and highlights the women fighting back. Also featuring a panel discussion on body-image issues on 6 July. Screens again on 6 July (3pm)…

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LAST CHANCE Spring Break

30 July
Custot Gallery Dubai,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

Custot's third  anniversary show is a group exhibition of paintings and sculptures by an impressive group of international artists – Etel Adnan, Ron Arad, Fernando Botero, Ian Davenport, Barry Flanagan, Richard Höglund, Lino Melano, Umberto…

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LAST CHANCE I Will See It, When I Believe It

30 July
The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
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Free

The Third Line's summer exhibition is a group show with works by Abbas Akhavan, Farhad Moshiri, Hayv Kahraman, Laleh Khorramian, Rana Begum, Slavs and Tatars, and Sophia Al Maria. According to the gallery, "the artists…

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Kundun: dir Martin Scorsese (1997)

31 July @ 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi,
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his epic biography of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet, is a visually exhilarating, spiritually ambitious film that goes where Scorsese has never gone before. Screens in…

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August 2019

LAST CHANCE Michael Rice: GEO – Earth and its Materiality

10 August
1971 Design Space Sharjah,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

For this, the first institutional solo exhibition for the Irish (but Dubai-based) ceramicist, Michael Rice addresses the materiality of the earth and experiments with light for the first time in newly created works based on…

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LAST CHANCE Muna Al Khajah: Harmony – Aesthetics of Ornamentation in Emirati Heritage

14 August
Sharjah Heritage Museum, Heritage Area
Sharjah,
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AED 10

The Emirati artist’s work features decorative units of geometric and floral ornamentation in doors, windows and small spaces in walls and oriel windows – the kind of elements that are repeated in women’s adornments, such as…

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LAST CHANCE Art Souq 2019

17 August
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.

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Ghosts

22 August @ 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
AED 100

Tall Tales Productions' production of Henrik Ibsen's three-act tragedy is directed by Ramachandran Shanker, and it feels like an ambitious though undeniably meaty option (especially for Dubai): as one review puts it, "regular tragedy dealt…

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Ghosts

23 August @ 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
AED 100

Second of three performances for Tall Tales Productions' production of Henrik Ibsen's three-act tragedy. This is meaty stuff: as one review puts it, "regular tragedy dealt mainly with the unhappy consequences of breaking the moral…

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Ghosts

24 August @ 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
AED 100

Last of three performances for Tall Tales Productions' production of Henrik Ibsen's three-act tragedy. This is meaty stuff: as one review puts it, "regular tragedy dealt mainly with the unhappy consequences of breaking the moral…

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LAST CHANCE ABOVE

26 August @ 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

Creative aerial photography, an exhibition at the Manarat's Photography Studio featuring primarily Martin Sanchez, Ahmad Al Rais, Bachir Moukarzel, Peter Jay and Huda Bin Redha. Work from Noura Al Neyadi, Khalid Al Hammadi, Khalid Al…

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LAST CHANCE Made in Tashkeel 2019

29 August
Tashkeel Studio, Nad Al Sheba
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
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Free

Tashkeel's big show of the year, the 10th anniversary edition of the annual summer group exhibition of selected recent works by past and present Tashkeel members, residents and participants in workshops and exhibitions over the…

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September 2019

LAST CHANCE Driss Ouadahi : Extra Muros

1 September
Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
Free

The German-based Moroccan-born Algerian painter returns for his third solo at Lawrie Shabibi with works from a new series – a departure from his work of the last decade – plus earlier paintings that show…

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LAST CHANCE Amir Khojaesteh: The Gloomiest Sunset in the World

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

Khojaesteh’s new series takes viewers on "an ominously tinted journey through thick layers of gestural paint strokes that reference Georg Baselitz, Willem de Kooning or Edvard Munch. But his influences are treated with a twisted…

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Turandot

5 September @ 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Dubai Opera Dubai,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
AED 300 – AED 900

Turandot is Puccini’s final opera, though he died with the opera incomplete and it was actually finished by a composer friend, Alfano. The story is a bit iffy for modern tastes – it’s about the…

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Turandot

6 September @ 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Dubai Opera Dubai,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
AED 300 – AED 900

Turandot is Puccini’s final opera, though he died with the opera incomplete and it was actually finished by a composer friend, Alfano. The story is a bit iffy for modern tastes – it’s about the…

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LAST CHANCE Artist’s Rooms: Chiharu Shiota

7 September
Jameel Arts Centre, Al Jaddaf
Dubai,
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Free

The Jameel Arts Centre has a number of rooms that it gives over to individual artists for long-term exhibitions. In Gallery 10 is Departure, an immersive installation by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota that has been specially…

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LAST CHANCE Surface Tension

7 September
Sharjah Art Foundation, Al Mureijah Square Sharjah, + Google Map
Free

Works in video, painting, drawing and sculpture that explore ‘surface’ as a dynamic interface between artists and their surroundings – foregrounding synthetic materials and formal artifice in order to engage deeply with their surroundings and…

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Turandot

7 September @ 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Dubai Opera Dubai,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
AED 300 – AED 900

A final chance to see Puccini’s final opera. The story is a bit iffy for modern tastes – it’s about the man-hating Chinese queen Turandot, who kills her innocent male suitors when they fail to…

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LAST CHANCE Andrew Stahl

10 September
Al Hamriyah Studios Sharjah, + Google Map
Free

The first solo exhibition for Stahl in the Middle East has been curated by SAF director Hoor Al Qasimi. Shown previously in exhibitions across Europe, Asia and America, the work explores notions of transcultural interaction;…

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Early Spring

11 September @ 8.00 pm - 10.30 pm
Dubai Opera Dubai,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
AED 200 – AED 800

An original 'dance drama' by Shanghai Opera House, the second of the company's two shows at Dubai Opera that represent its Middle East debut. Early Spring was adapted from the classic novel February by Rou Shi,…

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LAST CHANCE Nathalie Beras: L’île monde

12 September
La Galerie, Alliance Francaise
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
Free

Nathalie Beras was born in Martinique and spent her childhood in Tahiti; that informs this series of paintings of islands and mountains, presented as totems that invite us to think of our identity above all…

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LAST CHANCE Summer Collective: you + topia II

12 September
Ayyam Gallery Alserkal Avenue Dubai,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

The second edition of Ayyam's you + topia is again a collective exhibition featuring the works of leading contemporary artists from the Middle East.  The word ‘utopia’ translates as ‘no place’, existing only as an…

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Early Spring

12 September @ 8.00 pm - 10.30 pm
Dubai Opera Dubai,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
AED 200 – AED 800

Second and final performance of this original 'dance drama' by Shanghai Opera House. Early Spring was adapted from the classic novel February by Rou Shi, the noted left-wing writer executed in 1931 by the Kuomintang government;…

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LAST CHANCE Jameel Prize 5

14 September
Jameel Arts Centre, Al Jaddaf
Dubai,
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Free

The Jameel's second main exhibition, on tour from the Victoria & Albert Museum, presents work by winners of the Jameel Prize – awarded biennially to artists and designers inspired by Islamic design and visual culture,…

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István Várdai – Master of Cello

14 September @ 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
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AED 210

A Dubai Concert Committee recital by the much-garlanded Hungarian cellist – winner of the Geneva International Cello Competition in 2008, the Junior Prima Prize for 2009 as the best young artist of the year, the…

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LAST CHANCE Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian: We Are Open For Installation

16 September
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Dubai,United Arab Emirates
Free

From 15 May to 16 September, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde will cease to operate as an art gallery as such; the space will be handed over to three of the hottest and most interesting…

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Speculative Landscapes

16 September
NYUAD Art Gallery, Saadiyat
Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
Free

The NYUAD Art Gallery's autumn show is a group exhibition of new installations by four emerging UAE-based artists: Areej Kaoud, Ayman Zedani, Jumairy, and Raja’a Khalid. Each artist explores the concept of 'environment' (natural, artificial,…

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Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co (1900-1939)

18 September
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi,
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AED 63

Louvre Abu Dhabi's opening show of the new season – one of the four temporary exhibitions each year put on in collaboration with its French museum partners – features the heady days of the inter-war…

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LAST CHANCE Almagul Menlibayeva: Genius Loci – Central Asia

20 September
Andakulova Gallery, Unit 18, P4 Level Damac Park Towers, DIFC
Dubai,United Arab Emirates
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The first solo exhibition in Dubai for the photographic and video works of internationally acclaimed Kazakh artist. Curated by Nigora Akhmedova.

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Much Ado About Nothing

25 September @ 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Dubai Opera
AED 150 – AED 450

“Perhaps the original rom-com” (© Jasper hope, Chief Executive of Dubai Opera) comes to Dubai in a new production by a new touring company. The New English Shakespeare Company is the creation of producer Jamie…

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Much Ado About Nothing

26 September @ 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Dubai Opera
AED 150 – AED 450

“Perhaps the original rom-com” (© Jasper hope, Chief Executive of Dubai Opera) comes to Dubai in a new production by a new touring company. The New English Shakespeare Company is the creation of producer Jamie…

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Much Ado About Nothing

27 September
Dubai Opera
AED 150 – AED 450

“Perhaps the original rom-com” (© Jasper hope, Chief Executive of Dubai Opera) comes to Dubai in a new production by a new touring company. The New English Shakespeare Company is the creation of producer Jamie…

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Much Ado About Nothing

28 September
Dubai Opera
AED 150 – AED 450

Last chance to catch this new production by a new touring company of "perhaps the original rom-com” (© Jasper hope, Chief Executive of Dubai Opera). The New English Shakespeare Company is the creation of producer…

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October 2019

LAST CHANCE Vantage Point Sharjah 7

6 October
Sharjah Art Foundation, Al Mureijah Square Sharjah, + Google Map
Free

The seventh edition of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual open-call photographic exhibition this year had the theme ‘Life and Landscapes of Sharjah' – VPS "aims to foster photographers’ development and creativity and encourage their engagement with…

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LAST CHANCE Popular Culture & the City

6 October
Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates + Google Map
Free

Pop Art works from Europea, America and the Middle East, selected from the collection of DCT Abu Dhabi and embodying "the meaning of popular culture and its synchronistic relationship with ‘the city'". Or as Alia Al…

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LAST CHANCE Evolution Stages of Arabic Calligraphy

18 October
Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, Hamad Al Midfaa building, Sharjah Heritage Area
Sharjah,United Arab Emirates
Free

This may not have the snappiest of titles, but exhibitions at the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum are almost always interesting both on the decorative front as well as in terms of scholarship. This one focuses on…

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MENA Cinema Forum

22 October - 24 October
Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai,
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USD103.95

Second edition of the “the largest gathering platform of cinema industry experts from across the globe in the MENA region. The three days (22 to 24 October) include a conference, exhibition, workshops and masterclasses, screenings,…

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10,000 Years of Luxury

30 October
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi,
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AED 63

Could there be a better exhibition for the UAE? Organised with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, this show covers fashion, furniture, art, and jewellery – but claims to shows 'luxury' as "being more…

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