The third edition of Dubai Art Season, the city-wide showcase of culture & arts, will be 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), the Emirate's dedicated entity for heritage, culture & arts, during March and April.
Dubai Art Season is the definitive initiative that aims to highlight the city's global credentials in the arts scene, and brings together artists from around the world for an unmatched celebration of talent, creativity, innovation and cultural diversity.
Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said: "Over its past two editions, Dubai Art Season has evolved as a city-wide celebration of arts. The calendar of diverse activities defines the cultural identity of Dubai through its unmatched showcase of events that inspire and engage the community. With Dubai Art Season, we are driving a global dialogue in the creative scene by welcoming international artists to Dubai, and highlighting the rich creative scene of Dubai through the works of our emerging and established talents."
Her Highness Sheikha Latifa added: "Dubai Art Season will continue to be a central pillar in our strategy to supporting the Dubai Plan 2021 announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, with the goal of establishing Dubai as a 'City of Happy, Creative and Empowered People.'"
The third Dubai Art Season will be headlined by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature that complements the '2016 - Year of Reading' marked by the UAE, and cultural activities at The Dubai Mall. Under this year's theme of 'Food Meets Art' and as part of the Dubai Food Festival, Dubai Culture will be providing workshops for children where they can be inspired, experiment with the various ingredients and imaginative when creating their very own works of art.
This will be followed by the SIKKA Art Fair, the Middle East's first-of-its-kind entirely commissioned visual arts and performing arts programme that will include GCC-based artists for the first time this year.
Bringing his prominent artwork to Dubai, internationally renowned Beijing-based artist, Liu Bolin, is known for his 'The Invisible Man' series. Bolin is always in the front and centre of his masterpieces but still manages to remain completely unseen.
The much talked about Picasso & Miro, exhibition will also be making its debut in the City. Visitors will be able to view some of the most famous artworks from private collections from around the globe. The exhibition seeks to explore the ways in which the lives and works of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro are uniquely intertwined, and takes visitors on an extraordinary journey to the approaches to art by the two legends.
A key element of Dubai Art Season is the leading international arts fair in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region - Art Dubai; and Design Days Dubai, the region's largest fair dedicated to collectible and limited edition design objects.
Also set to take place during March are DIFC Art Nights, an evening filled with new exhibitions, combined with art, design, music and cuisine in a contemporary urban environment that includes special events such as film screenings, live art performances, artist talks, tours, workshops and more.
Art enthusiasts can also look forward to Alserkal Avenue Gallery Nights, comprising art, music and live entertainment as well as Dubai Canvas, a festival of 3D art from artists around the world, which will be on display at The Beach, JBR.
The arts and cultural activations as part of the Dubai Art Season will be held at venues including the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), The Beach, City Walk, Dubai World Trade Centre, Al Serkal Avenue, Kite Beach, Box Park and Dubai International Airport, among others.