SIKKA Art Fair 2018 Celebrates ‘Year of Zayed 2018’
The first day of the fair saw three Emirati artists hosting live painting sessions inspired by the late Founding Father
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 March 2018: SIKKA Art Fair 2018, the flagship event of Dubai Art Season flagship and the first annual initiative of its kind focusing upon supporting and showcasing Emirati, UAE and GCC-based artists, features a ‘Year of Zayed 2018’ theme in its eighth edition. The fair theme is inspired by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s love for nature.
SIKKA Art Fair is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture, and runs from 17th to 26th March 2018 at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
The SIKKA bird installation was created by Maitha Al Zaffin and inspired by a story about the late Sheikh Zayed feeding birds at a café in Europe. Every day, more birds would flock to him, and soon he began to worry about what would happen to them when he left. In his generosity and wisdom, he paid the café owner to feed them for a whole year until his next trip. Also inspired by the Founding Father’s respect and care for the environment, artists Fatima Alhammadi and Wesal Al Ali live painted a mural on the first day of SIKKA, while artist Diaa Allam reproduced Sheikh Zayed quote in a 3D calligraphy mural. The quote read "He who does not know his past cannot make the best of his present and future".
This year, Dubai Culture has made it easier than ever before for the public to reach SIKKA Art Fair, reflecting the Authority’s commitment to involving all segments of society in the fair. Visitors can reach SIKKA via metro, car, bus shuttle, Careem, the S’hail app or even by abra for as little as AED 1 per trip. Dubai Culture is providing complimentary shuttle buses from the Al Seef by Meraas multi-storey car park to SIKKA, and has also worked with Careem to provide visitors with a special 15% discount on two rides when they book a taxi using the code SIKKA2018. The code is valid from 17th to 26th March 2018 for ‘now’ and ‘later’ bookings across all car types excluding GO, UNCHR and BOX, with a maximum discount of AED 20 per ride. Valet parking will also be provided at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood on a first-come, first-served basis. For more travel information, visitors are advised to check www.rta.ae.
SIKKA Art Fair complements the city-wide activation of cultural events that will take place during the fifth edition of Dubai Art Season, which runs throughout March and April 2018 and feature events such as the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Art Dubai, DIFC Art Nights and the Middle East Film & Comic Con, among hundreds of other initiatives.
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