The weather is showing no signs of cooling off and neither is the UAE’s cultural scene this June. With a plethora of film and theatre programmes debuting, your good friends at The Huntr have tracked down everything worth your attention this June 2019 in the UAE.
So what are you waiting for? Get stuck in…
Note: We will keep this guide regularly updated with any confirmed events as the month gets underway, stay tuned.
THE JAMEEL ARTS CENTRE PRESENTS THE THREE DISAPPEARANCES OF SOAD HOSNI, MAY 23RD TO JUNE 23RD
This June, Dubai’s own contemporary art institution, the Jameel Arts Centre will premiere The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni. Commissioned by the Sharjah Biennial, video artist Rania Stephan’s documentary “works as both art installation and cinema piece, revealing the diverse modes of female representation embodied in Hosni’s charismatic roles.”
Well-envisioned and artfully-edited, the film is pieced together from a multitude of VHS footage of Egyptian films starring the eponymous actress. The documentary establishes itself as a tragedy in three acts, with the actress herself narrating her life story in the first person; “the film is at once a portrait of Hosni, whose real-life persona was inseparable from her life on screen, as well as a meditation on both the representation of women on screen and the space that cinema occupies in our imaginary.”
When: Daily screenings, every two hours on the hour, May 23rd to June 22nd.
THE JUNCTION PRESENTS FIVE NEW PLAYS, JUNE 7TH TO JUNE 21ST
If you’re a theatre junkie looking for a way to cool off over the summer, the Junction has got you covered. The Alserkal Avenue mainstay will be debuting five new plays in its June programme. Conceived by a band of stage veterans, the performing arts space, is the country’s first independent “black box theatre”.
This month you can look forward to seeing a wide variety of plays from the award-winning Kafka’s Ape to an adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic Le Vallon; from the French double feature Douze Hommes En Colere and Oscar to A Behanding in Spokane, a black comedy by award-winning Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, and more…
When: June 7th to June 21st.
WAREHOUSE421 PRESENTS LEST WE FORGET: THE UNIVERSALITY OF FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS, JUNE 12TH TO JUNE 28TH
Abu Dhabi arts and culture hub, Warehouse421 introduces its newest exhibition this month with a unique showcase entitled, Lest We Forget: The Universality of Family Photographs, which explores the innate universality of family photographs taken worldwide.
By bringing together disparate photographs taken by unrelated families all over the world, the exhibition as a whole points to “commonalities that resonate deeply [even] in these diverse family photographs […] We are also reminded that family photographs communicate what matters most to people, individually as well as universally.”
When: June 12th to June 28th.
THE LOUVRE ABU DHABI PRESENTS A SPECIAL FILM PROGRAMME INSPIRED BY PHOTOGRAPHS: AN EARLY ALBUM OF THE WORLD, JUNE 15TH TO JUNE 29TH
The Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced its summer film programme for the month of June, which will feature a selection of three films inspired by their ongoing exhibition, Photographs: An Early Album of the World. The curator of the film series, Hind Mezaina, a Dubai-based photographer and blogger, has said of the collaboration: “I hope the museum plays a role in focusing on cinema as an art form, too, regardless of genre.”
The screenings begin with Dawson City, which follows the bizarre history of a lost collection of over 500 nitrate film prints from the 1900s. Featuring a score from Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers, the film “depicts the unique history of this Canadian Gold Rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation.”
The second feature of the series is Manufactured Landscapes, the award-winning documentary on the life and work of artist Edward Burtynsky. The film follows the artist’s travels in China as he documents the effects the country’s of large-scale industrial revolution, “[highlighting] our profound impact on the planet through industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste.”
Rounding off the series is the Eye of Istanbul, which focuses its attention on legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer Arya Guler as he selects photos for his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul.
When: June 15th to June 29th.
Where: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
Compiled by Mila Zafirovic exclusively for The Huntr