Finding 50 to follow

magpie magazine is putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are active in design, performance and the arts. In January we’ll be publishing our […]


Venice internship applications open

Applications are open for the National Pavilion UAE’s 2017 Venice Internship. This is a great opportunity for emerging arts professionals to spend a month in Venice staffing the UAE’s art exhibition at the Venice Biennale […]


Dubai Opera: first impressions

First impressions of Dubai Opera from the press beano at a Barber of Seville rehearsal the day before it opened officially last week: ▶ It’s a great size. Small-to-medium (2000 or so seats) but also […]


Good taste: dinner and a show

It is fair to say that not everyone wants a man dressed as a rabbit as an accompaniment to dinner. An increasing number of people do, however. “We’re working to change the perception of the […]


Dubai Opera: triumph of Hope?

Jasper Hope has the kind of seasoned, accomplished voice that wouldn’t sound bad in front of a microphone. Or maybe on the apron stage of a brand new opera house. He’s also a confident performer, […]