The Agenda: Six cool cultural events to check out this month
Exhibitions, theatre performances and a classic Ramadan tour, there’s heaps to keep you busy this month…
It’s a brand new month, and with it comes plenty of things to keep you busy around the UAE. We’ve rounded up our picks of what you definitely shouldn’t sleep on in June…
Here are six cool cultural events to check out this month.
Excursion: A family day out in Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s second special exhibition, Globes: Visions Of The World, is running weekend workshops for children and guided tours for adults. It explores the history of the spherical representation of the world and its scientific instruments from antiquity to the present day through 160 pieces, covering 2,500 years of history.
Head down after lunch and enroll your kids in the workshop while you make the most of the guided tour. Afterwards, have an early dinner in the restaurant in the views of sunset under the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s magnificent dome.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 8pm Globes Children’s Workshop starts at 4pm. Dhs52.50 (workshop) and Dhs52.50 (guided tour). Tel: 600 565 566. lourveabudhabi.ae
Performance: Le Petit Maître Corrigé by Marivaux
The proximity and emotion of dramatic theatre is at its best in this classic play (it means The Little Master Corrected in English), which critiques the French aristocracy, the Parisian way of life and the tradition of arranged marriage. Although it was written in the 18th century, the dialogue has been reworked by French actor and director Clément Heriview-Léger to make it humourous and resonant with modern day life.
alliance Francaise Dubai, Street 18, oud Metha, Dubai, 8pm, June 26, Dhs40, Dhs35 for AF members. Tel: m(04) 335 8712. Taxi: Oud Metha. afdubai.org
Exhibition: Made in Tashkeel
Established in 2008 by Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is a studio hub, art gallery and all-round creative hub for the art community tucked away in the leafy suburb of Nad Al Sheba. This year, it is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a special exhibition of more than 35 works including photography, screen-prints, sculpture, painting and jewellery by 25 artists from 16 countries.
Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm, until August 30. Tel: (04) 336 3313. Taxi: Nad Al Sheba (near police station). tashkeel.org
Art installation: Rain Room
Created by experimental art studio Random International, Rain Room is an immersive experience of continuous rainfall – but thanks to motion sensors that halt the water above a visitor’s hear, you stay dry. Walking through a downpour without getting drenched isa novelty in any environment, but in the scorching heat of the desert, it’s even more refreshing.
Al Majarrah Square, near Al Majarrah Park, Sharjah, Sat to Thur 9am to 9pm, Fri 4pm to 11pm, Dhs25, Dhs15 for students and teachers. undeer fives free. Tel: (06) 561 0095. Taxi: Al Majarrah Park. sharjahart.org
Event: Old Dubai Iftar Trail
Appreciate the spirit of Ramadan as the sun sets on Dubai Creek with this three-hour photo tour. At the end, you can break your fast with locals and workers who gather in blankers in the streets with the help from your photo guides, you;ll be able to take some compelling snapshots of these moments.
Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai, 5.40pm to 8.40pm, June 9 & 11, Dhs395 including snacks and chair. Tel: (04) 380 8545. Taxi: Dubai Museum. gulfphotoplus.com
An exhibition that invites you to delve into the thorny world of politics, but from a nuanced distance. It’s the work of Iranian-born, New York-based artist Nicky Nodjoumi, a leading figure in regional conceptual art who is best known for his use of fictional characters and humour in somewhat theatrical paintings that poke at socio-political struggles all over the world.
The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, daily 10am to 7pm, until July 31. Tel: (04) 341 1367. thethirdline.com