Sikka Art and Design Festival celebrates growth through art



A music session retains the stage.

Muhammad Yusuf, Capabilities Author

Dubai Tradition and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is hosting the 10th edition of Sikka Artwork and Layout Pageant (Mar. 15 — 24) with more than 60 performances, masking cinema, musical performances, inventive functions and poetry evenings.

Underneath the concept ‘Celebrating Art, Celebrating Advancement,’ this year’s pageant attributes a programme involving cinematic screenings, animations, performances and digital artworks, granting artwork fanatics accessibility to international creations and Dubai’s cultural local community associates.

It encourages cultural tourism in the emirate and is in line with the ‘Dubai Locations – Dubai Art Season’ marketing campaign introduced below the directives of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Council.

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The festival opened with a Vietnamese folklore performance underneath the umbrella of Vietnam Night per the memorandum of comprehension signed between the UAE Ministry of Lifestyle and Youth and the Ministry of Tradition, Athletics and Tourism of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for cultural cooperation, encompassing antiquities, heritage, arts and libraries.

This year sees the addition of Sikka House that features artistic installations and interactive spaces designed by Arhead, which specialises in written content supported by augmented truth systems.

From a private home within Sikka House, the exhibition permits visitors to discover its reveals and get pleasure from the do the job of digital artists, whilst touring the metaverse place.

A musician plays all the ideal chords.

Arhead is also exhibiting 6 AR and NFT sculptures, which includes performs by a few Dubai-based mostly artists, FATSPATROL, Nevine Meguid (Nectar Models) and Christopher Hunt (Distressed Design), as very well as rising stars these kinds of as Dries Schaballie (Belgium), Ronen Tantrum (Israel) and Yyy (Turkey).

The AR exhibition addresses the overall space Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, exactly where site visitors are equipped to entry it applying QR codes.

The cinema programme includes 5 nights of Arabic films, two evenings focused for impartial filmmakers (all presented by Locomotion Neighborhood Cinema), a person evening devoted for neighborhood college pupil skills, and two nights of Arab shorts (Arab Shorts – Beirut Animated 5th version) as properly as a host of workshops and activities executed by the Animation Chamber.

Among the the most prominent neighborhood Arab movies is a screening of ‘Al Ayyala, a traditional executing art of the UAE,’ getting screened on March 22 with the assistance of the Ministry of Training. The film is made by the college students of the ‘Masterpieces’ programme and directed by Nayla Al-Khaja, the to start with Emirati woman director.

Other nearby movies taking part incorporate the historical film ‘Khorfakkan’ and ‘Kahlek Shanab’, as perfectly as a team of independent films, a screening of a Japanese film titled ‘The Kingdom of Desires and Madness’ and a Saudi film titled ‘Roll ’em’.

‘Beirut Animated’ presents popular animation films on March 19 and 20, curated by the Animation Chamber as part of the fifth version of ‘Beirut Animated,’ a biennial animation festival organised by Metropolis Cinema Affiliation.

Among the the distinguished creative actions is Puppetry with The Manufacturing unit, an initiative by Palestinian puppet artist Fairouz Nustas. The Manufacturing unit is a reflection of wherever and how puppets with different mediums are created. Guests will learn how to make puppets, move by phase, from sketches, carving, stitching costumes, colouring and make-up, to the enjoyable time of manipulating and putting lifestyle into this development.

The doing the job place allows readers to knowledge the craft making use of applications, brushes and sewing equipment as very well as check out the model of shadow puppetry with gentle and shadow employing distinct liquids and colors.

The Animation Chamber is a collective do the job by artists Lina Younes and Azim Al Ghussein. It embodies the constant quest for tale-centered collaborations and existing a room in which worlds are produced with a person eye shut and the index finger as a wand.

From puppetry, animation, illustration and comics to film and performance, the operate of The Animation Chamber is about suspending moments, replaying them, altering situations, taking part in out penalties, and then repeating. Difficult items occur in an quick objects vanish, occur to daily life, and are set off yet again in movement.

By the ‘Digital Calligraffiti’ undertaking, digital calligraphy transforms the partitions of Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood into a portray for expression via a dwell exhibit of calligraphy.

The road-model-impressed effectiveness delivers with each other electronic calligraphy artists Michael Ang and Fatima Al Hammadi, movie artist Tegan Ritz McDuffie and hip-hop artist Soultrotter (Philip Rachid), to kind a new media fusion of calligraphy, graffiti, online video art and dwell beats.

Digital Calligraffiti was initiated in Berlin by Community Art Lab, Don Stone, Hamza Abu Ayyash and Michael Ang.

The Hopper Majlis by Amal Anoohi is a put of gathering and togetherness, contrasting the heritage of Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood with the present day parts of Studio Amal Anoohi’s Hopper Selection. The challenge captures the essence of Dubai’s urbanity as a town of the long run that will take delight in its earlier.

Sikka also offers audio lovers with an suitable possibility to love a large variety of live globe-music performances that permeates the festival’s evenings and entertain its website visitors through the 10 days.

Musical experiences on the major stage of the pageant includes Emirati music, Arabic tracks accompanied by oud and oriental-instrument performances, pop songs, audio with eastern and western influences, rap poetry, jazz, indie and Indian pop, poetry nights and other common tunes by artists from several nationalities and cultures.



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