Head to the libraries

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From August 1-28, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) will host a comprehensive version of its summer camp with the theme ‘Our Summer is Culture & Creativity’ to inspire children and adults’ imaginations during the summer vacation through its creative camps in the fields of arts, literature, heritage, technology and entertainment at Dubai Public Libraries branches.

For those aged 3-18, the public libraries department has prepared an entertaining and cultural atmosphere to enhance knowledge and creative skills over a course of four weeks supporting talent and inspiring younger generations to innovate and be creative.

For more programme details and registration, head to the libraries’ Instagram account – @dubaipubliclibraries.

Art attack

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Head out to 1x1 Art Gallery at Alserkal Avenue to enjoy works of Birender Kumar Yadav in an exhibition titled Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. Yadav’s artworks highlight the irony of contemporary buildings and systems that easily overlook the human hands who constructed them.

This exhibition explores the nature of violence in our society, as well as the question of identity in the modern social context, representation and politics of class difference, the issue and plights of the working class, and the nature of violence that is widely prevalent, often noticed, but largely overlooked. On until August 24.

For more details, visit 1x1artgallery.com.

Sharjah Art Foundation programmes

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The Sharjah Art Foundation has launched its summer and autumn programmes of 2021 with solo presentations and group exhibitions by artists from the MENASA region along with international collaborations of programmes underlining works of international artists, filmmakers and publishers.

Two group exhibitions drawn from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, curated by the foundation’s director Hoor Al Qasimi and featuring past Sharjah Biennial works and recent acquisitions exhibited for the first time, are among the major summer and autumn exhibitions across the Foundation’s Sharjah spaces. Two of the exhibitions – The Rain Forever Will be Made of Bullets at Gallery 6, Al Mureijah Art Spaces, and When I Count, There Are Only YouÖ at Gallery 5, Al Mureijah Art Spaces – are on until October 1.

Annual programmes of the foundation returning this year will include Vantage Point Sharjah – the open call photography exhibition, FOCAL POINT – art book fair and accompanying publishing grant open call, and Sharjah Film Platform – encompassing the Foundation’s annual film festival.

Dance of Colours Art Exhibition

Witness Dubai-based Lebanese contemporary award-winning artist Kristel Bechara exhibit her works at the Gate Avenue, Dubai International Financial Centre. The multi-layered fantasy paintings can be seen from August 3 from 6pm-10pm. The exhibition will run for a month only.

Kristel’s artwork comprises of the innovative production of photographic imagery utilising oil, acrylic, and giclée printmaking materials to represent complex emotions and also reflect the human condition. She is known for her dynamic patterns and emotive colours. Her creative approach includes making stencil-like drawings and combining them with current mixed media lines to create her works of art.

For more details visit atelierkristel.com.

Indoor running race

The Ajman Tourism Development Department will host today the first indoor run in the emirate, dubbed City Centre Ajman Indoor Run, in collaboration with City Centre Ajman and organised by Endurance Sports Services.

The race is part of ATDD’s plan to promote different touristic activities in Ajman by supporting and encouraging sports, fitness, and healthy lives, as well as organising a variety of activities and events.

This event is open to all citizens aged 8-50; 84 winners will receive medals with the race’s and the emirate of Ajman’s insignia.

For more information visit ajman.travel/ar-ajmantourism.

Imagine the excitement

Dubai Festival City Mall Partners with Anghami for new show-stopping Imagine shows featuring popular smash hits. Visit Dubai Festival City Mall this summer to witness the breath-taking Imagine show. In partnership with streaming platform Anghami, the Mall is adding fresh new hits – Momken by Saif Nabeel and Balquees and Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran, as part of the mall’s two-time record-breaking visual and sensory extravaganza.

Plenty of prizes are also up for grabs.

To keep the little ones entertained, Dubai Festival City Mall is offering a variety of free activities at Festival Square, including a beach-themed playground and sandpit, as well as kid’s workshops.

The mall also has a famous waterfront eating area with a spectacular view of the bay and the summer shows for visitors wishing to make the most of this one-of-a-kind experience. For more information, visit dubaifestivalcitymall.com.

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