In Dubai’s Al Quoz district, Alserkal Avenue has steadily been broadening its community reach and foundation as a cultural hub. With homegrown programming that includes art, performances, screenings, workshops, lectures, tours, food, live DJs and buskers, a market and more, Alserkal asserts that this is a family friendly event – even pets – making it one of the few outlets in Dubai ready to embrace four-legged friends.
“Quoz Arts Fest really belongs to all who are involved in the creative industries that have grown in Al Quoz. From art and design, to film, music, theatre, dance and culinary arts, the entire spectrum of creativity is represented in this industrial district,” says Vilma Jurkute, director of Alserkal Avenue. “We want to shine the spotlight, not only on the individuals and businesses who contribute to Dubai’s creative economy, but to the audiences who make it possible for them to do so. In our sixth year, we have created a truly exceptional programme and I hope that the public will continue to support us and will join us in this celebration of arts and culture."
While the full programming and schedule is available here, highlights include:
Curating a special dance programme, Sima Performing Arts, brought to us by SWYP, will present schedule of diverse local and international contemporary offerings. Look for the ballet, hip-hop and ethnic fusion dance take on an adaptation of House of Bernarda Alba (6.30pm, Friday 26); a play by Federico García Lorca; Skirmish, a contemporary ballet by Beirut Contemporary Ballet (6pm, Friday 26); and an Indian contemporary dance set Bhasma – Holy Circles & Sacred Death by Avega Dance Creations (5.30pm, Friday 26 and 6pm, Saturday 27). There will also be performances by locals Sandralee Egedo, and Amanda and Joel. There will also be a selection of short dance films, including And so do I, presented by Jana G Younes and Jens Bjerregaard from the Beirut Contemporary Ballet (7pm, Friday 26 and Saturday 27), and a series of dance workshops such as the Dubai Contact Improvisation Community Group, with the presence of Bjerregaard, at 3.30pm on Friday 26 and Saturday 27.
On Friday 26 between 1-4pm, The Yard Majlis will feature an open mic comedy by The Junction, while Saturday 27 at 8pm, The Fridge will see the live Persian acapella offerings of of the Tehran Vocal Ensemble.
On Friday 26 from 2pm onwards, Gallery 1957’s takeover of Lawrie Shabibi gallery will feature Serge Attukwei Clottey’s performance The Displaced at 4pm (also on at 2pm, Saturday 27), following an artist talk at the A4 Space Cinema Room. Then at 8pm, Ghost Hunting will air at The Yard, presented by Reel Palestine & Cinema Akil, marking the closing of the Reel Palestine Film Festival. On Saturday 27, thejamjar will host a screening of Il Postino at 6pm following a live poetry slam.
At 3pm on Saturday 27 in the A4 Space Cinema Room, Iraqi British painter Athier will hold a talk discussing his current show on at Ayyam Gallery, All Things Come Apart. On Saturday 27 at 7.30pm, The Flipside will host a talk entitled Past, Present & Future of Vinyl Culture in the UAE, discussing how vinyl culture and record shops serve as musical hubs.
Join Mahnaz Fancy as she takes visitors on an hour long curated trail through the galleries entitled Imaginary Homelands in a Globalised Art World to consider the impact of globalisation (11am, Saturday 27).
The Jean-Paul Najar Foundation will offer a range of workshops for children and adults about geometry in art (11am onwards, Friday 26), while just across the street, The Courtyard Playhouse is offering acting and improvisation workshops.
The vastly popular affordable art outlet is back, with new offerings that casual, fresh art buyers can take home with them from Warehouse 46. Expect works from 1x1 Art Gallery, Ayyam Gallery, Carbon 12, CHI-KA, Custot Gallery, eL Seed, Elmarsa, Gallery IVDE, Green Art Gallery, Gulf Photo Plus, Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, Lawrie Shabibi, Showcase, SVENM and The Third Line.
In addition to Alserkal staples such as HAPI, with its key dishes like BBQ, bone broth and ice cream; Wild & The Moon’s fresh juice and cashew cream cheese; and anything at Mirzam Chocolate Makers, visitors can anticipate food trucks from The Good Vibes Market at the back of the Avenue, including outlets such as Hen House Chicken, Brickyard Burgers, Seven Fortunes Coffee Roasters, Mama’esh, Mazi Tacos, Coco Yogo, Wannabanana and Kaak Al Manara, among others.