Here at The Huntr we have decided to swap our monthly art and culture guides to create a guide that’s a little bit broader, yet still as curated. As such, from this month onwards we will be shining the spotlight on everything worthy of your attention for the month ahead (and not just arts and culture).
Starting with February 2020 we have fashion pop-ups and concert series to food festivals and wellness events. 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.
EXPLORE A WORLD OF HOMEWARE, LIFESTYLE AND FASHION TREASURES AT KULTURE HOUSE, ALL MONTH UNTIL FEBRUARY 29TH
The infinitely inspiring Kulture House, a multifaceted hotspot housing both a restaurant and concept store, recently launched a new homeware pop-up.
The showcase, which runs until the 29th of February, features a curated collection of diverse homeware and fashion brands. From quirky Iranian designs to traditional Saudi crafts and garments, Moroccan hand-loomed rugs to local organic soy candles, and much, much more the pop-up is a true celebration of middle eastern craftsmanship.
When: January 5th to February 29th, 8am to 9pm Sun-Weds and 8am to 10pm on Thurs-Sat
GET YOUR ART & CULTURE FIX WITH AMAR KANWAR’S LATEST FILM & EXHIBITION, ALL MONTH UNTIL MAY 20TH
The Ishara Art Foundation, in partnership with Alserkal Avenue, has debuted a new film as part of its 2020 programming. The foundation will present Such a Morning, the latest film from notable Indian multi-media artist, Amar Kanwar.
The film, which made its debut at documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017, has been described as a visionary work of slow cinema, which “narrates a modern fictional parable about two people’s quiet engagement with truth” in a mode that most closely resembles magical realism or speculative fiction. The film explores themes that are characteristic of Kanwar, who “has distinguished himself through films and multi-media works [that] explore the politics of power, violence and justice”.
The exhibition includes the feature length film as well as an ongoing multi-layered installation entitled Letters, which expands upon the film’s narrative.
When: January 20th to May 20th
CHECK OUT THE FRIDGE CONCERT SERIES SEASON 31, JANUARY 27TH TO FEBRUARY 17TH
After a long winter, The Fridge’s returns with its weekly Concert Series for an impressive 31st season. The festivities kicked off back on January 27th and from now until February 17th there’s a weekly show to look forward to.
Acts include local talents such as Armenian jazz pianist and composer Samvel Gasparyan; South African singer-songwriter Leoné Murphy; English singer-songwriter Martyn Crocker; Irish singer-songwriter SP McGhee; and Sudanese singer-songwriter Amjad Shakir.
When: January 27th to February 17th
ENJOY AN EVENING OF BACH’S CONCERTOS WITH ABU DHABI CLASSICS, JANUARY 28TH TO FEBRUARY 7TH
Abu Dhabi Classics is gearing up for its ninth season and is set to premiere a dynamic programme of classical and traditional music in the UAE capital. The new season will launch with David Fray and Friends as they perform Bach’s concertos along with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.
This world-renowned programme, aptly named Bach’s Concertos for Two, Three, and Four Pianos, features arrangements with up to four pianos being played at the same time. Their innovative interpretation of Bach’s classic concertos “has become one of the most admired classical music concerts [in recent years].”
When: January 28th to February 7th
DELVE INTO HUMANITY’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NATURAL WORLD WITH THE ARTIST’S GARDEN OPENING, FEBRUARY 1ST
The Jameel Arts Centre opens its new Artist’s Garden commission, In Transit: Botany of a Journey by artist Asunción Molinos Gordo this February. The exhibition will explore themes of interconnectivity, mobility and cohabitation, through a garden installation grown entirely from seeds that have travelled the intestines of Dubai’s population. Through the unique exhibition, the Spanish artist aims to “[challenge] romantic concepts of nature […and] the nature-culture divide that places human activity as a separate category from other natural phenomena”.
When: Opening day February 1st, 4pm to 5:30pm
VISIT THE RAS AL KHAIMAH FINE ARTS FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 1ST TO MARCH 31ST
The annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival is back for its eighth consecutive year. The event was founded as a cultural focal point to engage the community in the arts and to provide opportunities for emerging artists. What initially began as a three-day festival in 2013 has grown to two-weeks of programmed events and a six-week visual arts exhibition that will celebrate the works of over 100 artists from 33 countries.
The 2020 iteration will operate under the theme of “Connected Communities” in an attempt to “explore the many ways people build relationships with others, their surrounding environments, and the natural world.”
When: February 1st to March 31st
DISCOVER LOCAL HERITAGE AT THE DUBAI CROWN PRINCE CAMEL FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 2ND TO FEBRUARY 12TH
This February will see the launch of the third edition of the Crown Prince Camel Festival, one of the world’s largest camel sporting events. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai Government and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the event “aspires to preserve the cultural heritage of Dubai, and the UAE as a whole, [and] seeks to safeguard [its] popular heritage.”
The ten day festival will see purebred Arabian camels go head-to-head in thrilling races across various distances. The winners will be awarded with valuable prizes, including luxury vehicles, trophies, and even two of His Highness Crown Prince of Dubai’s swords.
When: February 1st to February 13th
ATTEND THE EMIRATES AIRLINE FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE, FEBRUARY 4TH TO FEBRUARY 9TH
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature returns this month for its 12th edition. The highly-anticipated event serves as the Arab world’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, offering literary buffs the chance to connect with international authors, attend panel discussions, participate in competitions and so much more.
This year’s edition will bring together over 185 authors and public figures from all over the globe, including revolutionary English naturalist Jane Goodall, Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø, American author Mitch Albom, award-winning Oxford composer Cecilia McDowall, World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker, the first Emirati to travel to space, Hazzaa AlMansoori, and many more.
When: February 4th to February 9th
CINEMA AKIL & WAREHOUSE421’S ARABS AND THE CITY SERIES PRESENTS A RIVETING NEW FILM PROGRAMME, FEBRUARY 5TH & FEBRUARY 12TH
The Arabs and the City series returns this February with a unique lineup of films revolving around the “Arab experience with the city.”
The first showing of the month will feature French-Algerian short film, A Wedding Day, which follows “an ageing gangster in exile in Algeria [drifting] melancholically between fascinating women, criminal affairs and the boredom of his existence.” The double-feature will be rounded out by Moroccan short film, Sofia. A drama which tells the story of a 20-year-old girl forced to marry the father of her child, whom she barely knows in order to avoid imprisonment.
The series returns later in the month with a Lebanese film entitled Silence in which “modern dance is the secret code of the silent resistance.” The animated short is followed by the Syrian film, The Day I Lost My Shadow, the story of a mother trying to provide a normal childhood for her son at the start of the war in Syria.
When: February 5th, 7:30pm to 9:30pm and February 12th, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
CELEBRATE A DECADE OF LIGHT AT THE SHARJAH LIGHT FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 5TH TO FEBRUARY 15TH
The Sharjah Light Festival is back for its 10th iteration. This year’s event has commissioned the work of local and international artists in a celebration of art and heritage through a display of light, colour, and music. The 2020 edition will feature 19 shows with themes ranging from A Journey From Sharjah to A Student’s Day in Sharjah and more…
“The shows will produce stunning imageries that tell the story of Sharjah. This year, the theme of the festival is the festival itself as we are celebrating the 10th year,” Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Tourism and Commerce Development Authority has stated.
The Festival will illuminate a number of Sharjah’s iconic landmarks, including: the American University of Sharjah, Masjid Al Noor, Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, House of Justice, Sharjah City Municipality, Al Qasba, Sharjah Police Academy, among many others.
When: February 5th to February 15th
CATCH A GLIMPSE OF A FEW MODERN MASTERPIECES BEFORE THEY GO ON AUCTION WITH SOTHEBY’S ‘SHOW & TELL’, FEBRUARY 9TH TO FEBRUARY 13TH
Sotheby’s first exhibition of the year, entitled Show & Tell, will present the works of 21 renowned artists from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
The showcase will feature notable works such as Banksy’s Happy Choppers; the famous Love sculpture by Robert Indiana, versions of which can be seen all over the globe; Andy Warhol’s work on paper entitled Dancing Man; a drawing entitled Action Street by Japanese artist Yoshimoto Nara; La Villa III, a work on paper by Jean Dubuffet; Lebanese artist, Ayman Baalbaki’s Al-Mulatham A; among others.
“The [exhibition] will allow visitors to explore the synergies between these artists, who were working at the same time but in different corners of the globe,” Head of Sotheby’s Dubai Katia Nounou Boueiz has said.
The works will be available for viewing in DIFC for five days this February, before they make their way to London for the 20th Century Art and Contemporary Curated auctions.
When: February 9th to February 13th
Where: Sotheby’s Dubai, DIFC, Dubai
GET INSPIRED AT THE TEDX: YOUTH@WIS CONFERENCE, FEBRUARY 10TH
Looking for some educational family fun? Look no further than the TEDxYouth@WIS event. This February, the Wellington International School will once again play host to its annual TEDxYouth conference under the theme of “2020 Vision.” The event will be held on February 11th and will feature a variety of talks from students and guest speakers, alike, including a keynote address from Her Excellency Amal Al-Koos, Secretary-General of the UAE National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.
The school has said of the event, “after Greta Thunberg’s successes regarding climate change, we were reminded that our future is going to be led by the children of today, hence why this year, we wanted to give students a platform to express their 2020 vision.”
When: February 10th
DISCOVER WAREHOUSE421’S ART & CINEMA SERIES WHICH FOCUSES ON PERFORMANCE ARTIST JOSEPH BEUYS, FEBRUARY 19TH
Over the coming months Abu Dhabi arts and culture hub, Warehouse421, will present a programme of films revolving around the lives of artists in its unique Art & Cinema Series.
The February edition will shine the spotlight on multidisciplinary, German artist Joseph Beuys, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the latter half of the 20th century and one of the pioneers of performance art. The film, which consists almost in its entirety (95%) of archival material, exists as a unique “collage of visual and audio content that provides viewers access to [Beuys’] complex work.”
When: February 19th, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
THE LOUVRE PRESENTS FURUSIYYA: THE ART OF CHIVALRY BETWEEN EAST AND WEST, FEBRUARY 19TH TO MAY 30TH
Later this month the Louvre Abu Dhabi will premiere its latest exhibition entitled Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West, inviting visitors to admire objects of medieval chivalric culture from the Islamic and Christian worlds. The presentation will showcase over 130 artefacts from medieval armours, objects related to riding and battle, as well as illuminated manuscripts depicting chivalric scenes.
The curators of the exhibition, Dr. Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, Dr. Carine Juvin and Michel Huynh said: “The art of elite horsemen, called furūsiyya in the East and chivalry in the West, was born around the 8th-9th centuries, drawing from several common sources. The two cultures forged multiple links throughout the Middle Ages, many of which are still unknown today. Today, it is not only the objects related to battle, but also the values and ambitions, the substitutes and activities beyond the field of combat, the epics, novels and poems, combining stories of prowess and love, which are fascinating to compare. This show will not hide differences, but rather observe encounters between these two different cultures.”
When: February 19th to May 30th
Where: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
VISIT DUBAI’S FIRST ORGANIC FESTIVAL AT EMIRATES BIO FARM, FEBRUARY 20TH TO FEBRUARY 22ND
Don’t miss out on a chance to visit one of The Huntr’s favourite homegrown concepts, the Emirates Bio Farm. Located amidst the red desert dunes of Al Shuwaib, Emirates Bio Farm serves as the UAE’s largest privately-owned organic farm. The new year will see the launch of the farm’s organic festival, which aims to bring together organic brands and supporters in a celebration of sustainability and wellness.
The three day festival will feature an assortment of exciting and educational events from farm tours and talks, to organic retail products and organic food, courtesy of The Farmer’s Table restaurant.
When: February 20th to February 22nd
FIND YOUR ZEN AT THE XYOGA DUBAI FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 21ST AND 22ND
Inhale, exhale, grab your yoga mat, and head down to Kite Beach on the 21st and 22nd of February for the fourth edition of the XYoga Dubai festival. Enjoy two days of total zen with a selection of classes, workshops, and activities designed to promote wellness.
The festival invites yogis of all levels and ages to dive into expert-led, quality meditation and spiritual discipline from sunrise to sundown. Yoga aficionados can sign up for scores of free sessions hosted by some of Dubai’s most popular studios.
When: February 21st and 22nd
Where: Kite Beach by Meraas, Dubai
VISIT THE DUBAI FOOD FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 26TH TO MARCH 14TH
Experience a taste of Dubai this February at the Dubai Food Festival. Visitors can expect 18 days of delectable pop-ups, limited-edition menus, guided food tours, and cooking masterclasses led by top chefs. From five-star gourmet dining to everyday restaurants and cafés, there’s something on the menu to satisfy all budgets and palates.
When: February 26th to March 14th
TAP YOUR TOES AT THE EMIRATES AIRLINE DUBAI JAZZ FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 26TH TO FEBRUARY 28TH
This February brings the 18th edition of the Emirates Airlines Dubai Jazz Festival. The concerts are set to take place from Wednesday, February 26th to Friday, February 28th.
The roster of performers includes large headlining acts the likes of the legendary, Lionel Richie; soulful R&B singer, songwriter and rapper Lauryn Hill; and American pop-rock band, OneRepublic.
When: February 26th to February 28th
SEE THE KITE RUNNER COME TO LIFE AT THE DUBAI OPERA, FEBRUARY 27TH TO FEBRUARY 29TH
At the end of the month the Dubai Opera, Dubai’s foremost performing arts centre, will bring The Kiterunner, to the stage – production based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel of the same name.
Adapted by Matthew Spangler and directed by Gles Croft, the story follows a “haunting tale of friendship [that] spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.”
When: February 27th to February 29th
Compiled by Mila Zafirovic exclusively for The Huntr