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01 Oct, 23
31 Oct, 23
Arts and Culture

Dubai Calligraphy Biennale

  • 09:03-09: 03 AM Sunday
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Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) presents the inaugural edition of Dubai Calligraphy Biennale (DCB). Launching in October 2023 with the participation of creatives and calligraphers worldwide, it aims to promote creative cultural dialogues, keep calligraphic artwork at the forefront of Arab world output and provide a platform for the best of the discipline. Based on the new biennale strategy, the Authority will launch city-wide activities and exhibitions across several cultural locations, libraries, art galleries, and other partner and stakeholder venues to enable access for different communities and audiences.

To elevate the calligraphy landscape in Dubai, the biennale will showcase art from a variety of languages and cultures. The event will be comprised of art and design exhibitions, supplemented with dynamic activations, including public art installations. The programming will also encompass workshops, talks, masterclasses, and panel discussions, encouraging a vibrant and educational atmosphere.

Date: 1 – 31 October 2023

Dubai Calligraphy Biennale: A city-wide event celebrating the harmony, grace, and beauty of calligraphy, that includes the 11th edition of the Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition, in addition to aligned exhibitions and components activated during the biennale across several locations, among them are Dubai Culture’s assets, namely Etihad Museum, Al Shindagha Museum, Etihad Museum, Al Safa Art and Design Library, and the Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children.

Focus: The Biennale will bring forth exciting developments, including the incorporation of new languages and components. Key highlights of this inaugural event include:

  • 18 exhibitions
  • Activation of over 30+ locations in Dubai.
  • Introduction of 8+ new calligraphic languages, enriching cultural diversity and dialogue.
  • Support for more than 200 local and international artists.
  • Launch of captivating calligraphy-themed public art pieces.