Bait Al Serkal art show

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Head to Bait Al Serkal at 6:30pm for the live performances of the Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11 exhibition and Residency Programme. Sound artists Igor Porte, Ivan Macera and Christine Kazarian will activate the heritage house through performances that interact with the installations on view.

As part of the major solo exhibition Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11, the residency programme brings 13 musicians, composers and artists from around the world to Sharjah to receive mentorship and conduct research that will culminate in new work.

Whose line is it

Eleven-time sell-out superstars of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the UK’s most sought-after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door brings to the UAE the popular Whose Line Is It Anyway. Known for their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents, they have been performing their own distinctive brand of off-the-cuff comedy together since they met at university. Taking audience suggestions, the cheeky and charming quartet, transform them into fantastically funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.

Thursday (January 28), Movenpick JBR, Dubai, 8.30pm (adult show). Friday (January 29), Theatre by QE2, Mina Rashid, Dubai, 10:30am and 3pm (family show), 8:30pm (adult show). Visitthelaughterfactory.com to make a booking.

Malhaar digital Baithak: Kaifi Azmi

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Dubai-based Malhaar Centre for Performing Arts will pay tribute to one of the greatest poets of the sub-continent, Kaifi Azmi, while his daughter noted actress Shabana Azmi joins Malhaar team from London as she remembers her father and the poet. Malhaar’s Baithak will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube channels – MalhaarUAE – today at 6pm. An award-wining actress, Azmi will share various facets of her father’s life, while Malhaar artists will perform some timeless compositions penned by the poet during an interactive session.

‘The Seed’ art installation

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The sketches and blueprints that form the basis of the spectacular The Seed art installation on Jubail Island are now on public display at the site of the installation.

The fascinating series of drawings was penned by the creative pioneers whose vision came to life in the form of the striking cubed art sculpture that forms the centrepiece of The Seed.

The exhibition features sketches made by renowned artistic director Es Devlin and a team of Emirati creatives who conceptualised not just the rotating sculpture and its surrounding area, but also its themes of a seed forming a shoot, then a flower, and finally propagating. The Seed closes on January 30. Tickets are priced Dh30 for those aged 18 years and above, Dh15 for children aged 7-17, and free entry for those aged under six. All proceeds are being used to fund a conservation programme in the mangroves. The site opens daily at 5pm, except Sundays, to allow people to take their seats before sunset. An audio-visual experience is played continuously between 6pm and 8pm, while food and beverage is available from on-site food trucks.

To book tickets visit uaenationalday.ae

Bollywood beats

Bollywood music lovers are in for a treat. Today (January 22) Bollywood anchor Parag Makhecha along with Prashanth CV of Urvasi Theatres and Vijay Krish will present an unplugged musical extravaganza from 7pm (UAE time) belting out evergreen hits of the legendary Bollywood singer Kishore Kumar. Among the more popular ones they will be crooning will be Tere bina zindagi se, Gaata rahe mere dil, Roop tera, mastana and Mere Sapnon ki rani...

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Prashanth has been performing in the UAE and in India for several years and will be on the vocals and the guitar, while Vijay Krish, a percussionist, who has been enthralling audiences for over eight years, will be accompanying him on the drums.

Acclaimed Bollywood music composer Monty Sharma (he scored the background music for Black, Saawariya and Ram-Leela) will be the chief guest.

Music lovers can join via Zoom (Meeting ID: 696 541 2737, Passcode: chinarts). Access is free.

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