SIKKA – Dubai Art Season sizzles again

The sixth edition of the SIKKA Art Fair continues to host an exciting line-up of music, dance, plays, poetry recitals, improvisational performances and open- air cinema screenings until 24th March 2016, featuring local and international talents at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Bur Dubai.
SIKKA Art Fair Continues with Various Artistic Activations until 24th March at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

• Showcases novel artistic works from the UAE and GCC

• Hosts exciting line-up of music, dance, plays, poetry recitals, improvisational performances and open -air cinema screenings

SIKKA Art Fair is the flagship arts and cultural initiative organised by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) as part of “Dubai Art Season”, held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).

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Now in it’s 2nd week running, visitors to the fair can enjoy art, music, food and entertainment throughout the alleys of Al Fahidi. One of this year’s highlights is the live, out-door cinema screenings delivered by Cinema Akil, an independent cinema which aims to provide movies from across the world to audiences in Dubai with the aim to raise awareness about the cinema industry.

Lubna Ahmed Al-Shamsi, Project Manager of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said, “We are glad to see such a positive record of attendance at this year’s SIKKA Art Fair. The participants represent some of the best talents across the GCC. This year’s edition highlights the participation and artists portfolios from both emerging and established artists from the UAE and across the GCC, which reflects the rapid development of the artistic scene in the region. Dubai Culture is keen to provide the necessary platforms on which emerging talents are able to perform and showcase their best work. In line with the Dubai Government’s vision of consolidating Dubai’s position as an international centre for creativity and innovation, we are determined to continue setting the benchmark for aspiring artists and creative minds across the region”.

The focus in 2016 is on identifying the UAE and the wider GCC region’s aspiring and emerging local talent. This has culminated in Unity @ 53, where the most established mixed-media artists from the UAE and GCC are exhibiting with a series of photographs from Her Highness Princess Reem Al Faisal and sculptures from the acclaimed Fuad Albinfalah.

While Rashid Al Mulla’s live painting has reconnected the blurred lines between tradition and modernity using the burqaa’ as its symbol.

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Various workshops covering all spectrums of art are presented during the fair, including Arabic calligraphy, animation, photography, hot glass drawing, 3D portraits and oil painting. Hosted by UAE- based collective industry organisations including the Animation Chamber, Chochoma Studio, Marsam Mattar, Architect Heritage Society, Precise, Room-Five Creative Facility, Dar Al Khatt and NYU Abu Dhabi University. The activities are ideal for those looking to discover their own creative potential.

There is an eclectic selection of performances this year, ranging from traditional and folk to jazz and hip hop musical genres.

One of the performers featured this year is Rouba, is a soul singer born in Lebanon and raised in the UAE, whose passion for music began at the age of seven. Also captivating audiences with fascinating musical renditions this year is Hamdan Al Abri, a singer/songwriter and one of the founders of Dubai-based soul band Abri & Funk Radius. Abri began singing at a young age and started his career working alongside numerous groups and bands in Dubai and abroad.

Other artists who will be performing at SIKKA include: Azza Zarour, Josh Monteath, Sherine Tohamy, Mohammed Najeeb, Rouba and Kamal Musallam, Lama Sumlaji, Sarah Al Shaybani, Francoise Crosby, Karim Sultan, Nawafsama, Tarek Yamani, Elham Al Marzouqi, Two Type Error, Freshly Ground Sound, Bedouin, Imbue, Nina Oud, The Heartland Howdy Boys, Tse Tse Fly Middle East, Go Play The World, Gaya, and Tim Hassall and more!

For more information on SIKKA Art Programme, log on to: www.dubaiculture.gov.ae

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About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world.

The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai. These include: Creatopia (www.creatopia.ae), the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation, by providing a platform of information and opportunities leading to exposure and personal growth; Dubai Art Season: The city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which encompasses of Art Week (Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair); and Middle East Film & Comic Con, among others, to highlight the Emirate’s growing creative landscape within the international circuit; SIKKA Art Fair: An annual art fair aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE; and Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre: An annual festival that celebrates and fosters the art of theatre in the UAE. www.dubaiculture.gov.ae

Minakhee Mishra

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