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Major line-up of artistic talents coming to Dubai

6th SIKKA Art Fair from March 13 to 24 will see new initiatives

23 Feb 2016 | 02:00 pm
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  • SIKKA Art Fair is an integral part of Dubai Art Season, Dubai Culture’s two-month long umbrella-arts initiative covering visual arts projects, music, live performances, video art and workshops, among others
  • SIKKA Art Fair sets milestone by opening doors to commissioned works by artists from across the GCC countries
  • Four pioneering initiatives to be part of SIKKA Art Fair for the first time

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for heritage, arts and culture, will showcase the sixth edition of its flagship arts and cultural initiative, SIKKA Art Fair, from March 13 to 24, 2016.

SIKKA Art Fair is an integral part of the two-month long Dubai Art Season, the umbrella-arts initiative by Dubai Culture that includes visual arts projects, music, live performances, video art and workshops, among others.

The fully commissioned art fair sets a new milestone this year with Dubai Culture opening doors of SIKKA to include creative works in visual and performing arts, music and film by artists and collectives.

Playing a significant role in shaping the artistic scene in Dubai by providing a creative platform for UAE-based artists to showcase their works, SIKKA Art Fair also offers participants and visitors with deep insights on the newest trends in the arts through workshops and the exchange of ideas with international artists.

Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority said: “The annual SIKKA Art Fair has evolved as one of the successfully, eagerly awaited arts events in the region. This year… we have further expanded its remit to include the works of GCC-based artists, further underlining the event as one of the region’s premier art events, and highlighting Dubai as a vibrant cultural hub and helps to fulfil the vision of the Dubai Open Air Museum.”

The event will be primarily held at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, an inspiring hub for creativity in the heart of Old Dubai as well as other key locations around the city. The performances are open to the public and feature aspiring musicians, bands and improve troupes, each bringing their distinct identity to Dubai’s performing arts scene.

SIKKA Art Fair will host an array of installations by: Joshua Watts, Mohammad Shabanpoor, Azza Alqubaisi, Kevin Badni, Cristiana De Marchi, Fatima Alawadhi, Katarzyna Dzikowska, Swapnatara Kurup, Ali Hussain Merza, Mays Albaik, Amna Jawad, Julia Townsend, Matthew Cryder, Sarab Jokhdar, Marwan Karout, Malda Smadi, Flounder Lee, Maha Shahin and Hendrik Wahil.

Four pioneering art initiatives will be showcased at SIKKA – ‘Design House’, will be celebrating Arabian tradition by preparing a special SIKKA Closing Night Feast; ‘Animation Chamber’, will be showcasing unique screenings and local activities; and finally ‘Chochoma’, a glass making workshop.

Over the past five years, SIKKA has welcomed thousands of art aficionados offering them unprecedented cultural experiences. The flagship event marked a record turnout of over 12,000 visitors last year; some 500 participants also attended 38 workshops.

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