Giant flamingos? Art Nights event showcases wild creativity of regional artists

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Art Nights at the Gate Village in Dubai. (Arab News)
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Various art pieces were displayed during the night. (Arab News)
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It was organized by the Dubai International Financial Center. (Arab News)
Updated 20 March 2019
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Giant flamingos? Art Nights event showcases wild creativity of regional artists

  • The Art Nights took place at Gate Village in Dubai
  • It was organized by the Organized by the Dubai International Financial Center

DUBAI: A showcase of regional artistic talent went on display at a bi-annual community event in the UAE.
Art Nights, held on Tuesday at Gate Village, in Dubai, included gigantic installations of pink flamingos, quirky sculptures, photographs portraying Dubai heritage, and examples of the latest technological developments on the art scene.


Organized by the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), Art Nights boasted a variety of works from local and international artists “rarely seen by the public.”
A DIFC statement said: “The plethora of local artists participating in DIFC Art Nights is a testament to the established and burgeoning talent the region has cultivated.”
The event was staged at DIFC’s ritzy complex on Sheikh Zayed Road and stand-out pieces included Alicia Eggert’s playful use of lights and words to depict “the relationship of language, time, and image.”
Some of the artists were on hand to chat with visitors. Emirati visual artist Rawdha Al-Ketbi was displaying a rusted and broken “time capsule” which she had found in Abu Dhabi and manipulated to look even more antiquated.
“As an artist, I usually go to abandoned places and collect objects. I sometimes find personal belongings, and photographs of the people who used to live there,” Al-Ketbi said.
The event also included a government social enterprise initiative that showcased hand-knotted Afghan carpets, while art start-up venture Lemink displayed a digital frame that projects iconic paintings.


Cast and crew of Moroccan film ‘Adam’ pose for the cameras in Cannes

Updated 20 May 2019
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Cast and crew of Moroccan film ‘Adam’ pose for the cameras in Cannes

DUBAI: The cast and crew behind “Adam,” the first feature film by Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, appeared for a photo call before the film was screened at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival o Sunday.

The film tells the story of two women united by their loneliness and their desire to flee their situations and is in the running for the prestigious Caméra d’or prize, presented by the Un Certain Regard jury.