Join The Huntr as we present this definitive guide to everything worth your attention this October 2019. From the world’s largest book sale, to community acting classes, inspiring group exhibitions, and curated film programmes, it’s all here – get stuck in…
Note: We will keep this guide regularly updated with any confirmed events as the month gets underway, stay tuned.
INDULGE YOUR INNER PERFORMER WITH ACTING CLASSES AT CINEMA AKIL & WAREHOUSE421, STARTING OCTOBER 1ST
Get creative and flex your acting muscles with ACT TOO’s newly-launched community programme. Taught by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi theatre instructor Sol Abiad, the acting courses cover improvisation, physical expression, character and scene analysis.
The classes are perfect for beginners and seasoned actors alike, with sessions offering theatre games, acting exercises and discussions. The courses offer insights into methods used by recognised theatre directors and theorists including Boal, Grotowski, Lecoq, Spolin, and Stanislavski.
Intensive and short-format, they will be offered monthly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
When: October 1st at Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi every Tuesday 6pm-8pm and October 5th at Cinema Akil in Dubai every Saturday 11am-1pm.
CINEMA AKIL PRESENTS ‘LEBANON IN FOCUS’, OCTOBER 3RD TO 4TH
This October will see Dubai’s premiere independent arthouse cinema debut a 48-hour programme of contemporary short films from across Lebanon as part of the Afac Film Week.
With a line-up of stories including What Comes Around, a powerful documentary that follows a family in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Cairo; I Crossed the Hallway, a documentary unpacking the looming death of the protagonist’s father; Silence, an animated short in which “modern dance is the secret code of the silent resistance”; and many others, this programme is not one to miss.
When: October 3rd to October 4th
THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BOOK SALE RETURNS, OCTOBER 10TH TO 20TH
Bookworms get excited – the world’s biggest book fair returns to Dubai this October. Named the ‘Big Bad Wolf Book Sale’ the fair travels around the world and has seen over 25,000,000+ books sold in over 25+ cities. From modern classics to children’s favourites, there is something for everyone available with incredible discounts of 50-80% off.
When: October 10th to October 20th
THE JAMEEL ARTS CENTRE INTRODUCES 13 ARTISTS & COLLECTIVES WITH ‘PHANTOM LIMB’, OCTOBER 10TH TO FEBRUARY 15TH
The Jameel Arts Centre has announced its programming for the new season with ‘Phantom Limb’, which is set to premiere on October 10th and aims to “interrogate our lived relationship to material heritage.” Through the use of mixed media, including sculpture, installation, video, photography and 3D rendering, the exhibit yearns to “reclaim lost histories, not only through documentation and archiving, but also through speculation and imagination.”
The exhibition’s title, ‘Phantom Limb’ is a reference to the sensation that occurs when an amputated or missing limb feels as if it is still attached, and serves as a haunting metaphor for the artists’ thematic foci.
The exhibition will feature commissioned works from artists Rand Abdul Jabbar, Ali Cherri, Decolonizing Architecture, Benji Boyadgian, Akram Zaatari, Jumana Manna, Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones, Kader Attia, Théo Mercier, Rayyane Tabet and Khalil Rabah.
When: October 10th to February 15th
ONE OF IRAN’S MOST ICONIC ARTISTS’ MONIR SHAHROUDY FARMANFARMAIAN’S ‘SUNSET, SUNRISE’ OPENS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION AND IMMA, OCTOBER 12TH TO DECEMBER 28TH
In collaboration with IMMA, the Sharjah Art Foundation presents Sunset, Sunrise, a retrospective exhibition of works by the late iconic Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.
The retrospective, which will feature over 70 works, including paintings, sculptures, jewellery, collages, and more, is representative of a merging of Eastern and Western cultures and histories. The exhibit intends to investigate the “combination of Persian techniques and contemporary Western abstraction.”
When: October 12th to December 28th
PAKISTANI ARTIST BANI ABIDI’S ‘FUNLAND’ OPENS AT THE SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION, OCTOBER 12TH TO JANUARY 20TH
The Sharjah Art Foundation will showcase a major survey of Pakistani artist Bani Abidi’s work this October. Known for art that engages with themes of “personal memory, patriotism and geopolitics through the lens of present-day Pakistan and the larger histories of South Asia,” her latest exhibit will include many of her well-known video, photo, sound and installation works, along with two newly commissioned works.
The first commission, The Lost Procession, a video and sound installation, will spotlight the “persecuted Hazara community, who have relocated from the Pakistani city of Quetta to Germany in recent years.” The second, will exist as a presentation of objects (prints, books, and various other materials) selected by Abidi as a reflection of the vibrant art scene of the 1990’s, which the artist states as being formative to her development as an artist.
When: October 12th to January 12th
‘THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA’ MAKES ITS REGIONAL DEBUT AT THE DUBAI OPERA, OCTOBER 16TH TO NOVEMBER 6TH
Undeniably one of the world’s most iconic musicals, The Phantom of the Opera, is set to make its regional debut at the Dubai Opera later this month. The show has garnered critical acclaim internationally, with over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End.
Based on the French novel of the same name, the musical tells the story of a beautiful soprano, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius who haunts the Paris Opéra House. Mesmerised by her beauty and talent, the Phantom “lures her as his protege and falls fiercely in love with her [… the] obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.”
When: October 16th to November 6th
WAREHOUSE421’S ART & CINEMA SERIES FOCUSES ON MODERNIST SCULPTOR EVA HESSE, OCTOBER 23RD
Over the coming months Abu Dhabi arts and culture hub, Warehouse421, will launch a programme of films revolving around the lives of artists in their Art & Cinema Series.
The October edition shines the spotlight on German-American sculptor Eva Hesse whose modernist works remain part of the permanent collections of numerous museums such as the Whitney, MoMa, Centre Pompidou, and Tate Modern, despite her death in 1970. The documentary “tells the story of Hesse’s life and career through interviews with her contemporaries and loved ones, images of her artwork, and recently discovered archive photographs.”
When: October 23rd (at the time of publishing, no timing info was live – see link below for updated info)
EXPERIENCE 10,000 YEARS OF LUXURY AT THE LOUVRE ABU DHABI, OCTOBER 30TH TO FEBRUARY 18TH
This autumn, The Louvre Abu Dhabi invites visitors to explore the history of luxury through its latest exhibit. Showcasing 350 extraordinary objects from the fields of fashion, jewellery, art, furniture, and design, the exhibit aims to extrapolate upon the ways in which luxury “has been interpreted by diverse cultures throughout history: from extravagant offerings for the divine, to golden furniture fit for royalty and the iconic couture of fashion houses and virtuoso objects of luxury houses […]”
Alongside the exhibition, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will work with artists and performers to create priceless experiences under the theme of “luxuries are what money can’t buy.”
When: October 30th to February 18th
Where: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
Compiled by Mila Zafirovic exclusively for The Huntr