The UAE’s Art And Culture Institutions Are Going Online

21 April 2020
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Get cultured from your couch

While the world is going mad over the coronavirus, the entertainment world embraces modern technology. As the lockdown continues, everyone is racing to find the next form of entertainment. From binging on Netflix to baking towers of banana bread, the struggle to avoid insanity is real. Worry not, we’re here to update you on the cultural gems you can enjoy in quarantine. These UAE institutes have modified their websites into virtual tours and online concerts.

The Third Line 

Part of Al Serkal Avenue’s art scene, The Third Line is a contemporary art gallery that represents both regional and international Middle Eastern artists. Aligning with the gallery’s 15th anniversary, its current group exhibition, There Is Fiction In The Space Between, is now showcased online. The online art tour is accompanied by an e-catalogue that briefly describes each artist’s work. The gallery includes work from Persian artist Amir H. Fallah, Emirati photographer Farah Qasimi, and other notable creatives.

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Emirates Literature Festival 

While the local festival took place early February this year, the literary entertainment continues.

The ELF YouTube channel will be updated weekly with this year’s panel discussions by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, writer Fatima Bhutto, and plenty more literary heroes. In addition, the ELF’s website and social media platforms will publish literary resources and book recommendations for all ages.

Watch here

Dubai Opera

The grand opera house wants you to remain in tune with the region’s top performers. Dubai Opera is set to live stream an Instagram series of performances of the region’s musicians, singers, and stand-up comedians. The first interactive session was held last week- with violinist Mohamad Hamimi. The opera house also launched an online competition for regional performers for a chance of a live Instagram performance.

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Art Dubai

The MENA’s eminent art platform has gone full digital. From online catalogues and performances to live broadcast talks, Art Dubai isn’t sacrificing the experience. With hundreds of artworks, the online catalogue is inclusive of the fair’s galleries covering Modern, Contemporary, Residents, and Bawwaba. Artists will also partake in online discussions examining the current peculiar times. The catalogue includes the works of Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj, English painter Ian Davenport, and other international artists. 

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The ArtTactic 2020 South Asia Special Report on Art and Philanthropy, in partnership with Art Dubai, is available to download now (link in bio). The report maps out the funding eco-system for the visual arts sector, and innovative and sustainable philanthropic activities in South Asia across private, corporate and artist-led platforms, and includes etymological reasoning of why philanthropy matters now more than ever, with Art Dubai's International Director Chloe Vaitsou, as well as an in-depth look at why art matters with Tarana Sawhney.⁠ ⁠ Image: Harbouring Hope (2020) by Kashmira Sarode. Photo by Pranav Gohel. The first mural made for the Kannagi Art District in dedication to the residents of Kannagi Nagar, Chennai. Courtesy of St+Art India Foundation⁠ ⁠ #artdubai #dubai #artandphilanthropy #southasia #philanthropy @arttactic @chloevaitsou @tarana.sawhney @pranavgohill @ranga_prasad_ @startindia @kashmira_sarode⁠

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi

With over 150 tours in seven languages, there’s never been more effortless access to The Louvre Abu Dhabi. Get a dose of refined artwork and architecture through the virtual tours available on both the website and mobile application. The museum also launched online activities that families can enjoy and bond over at home. With simple materials, these #MakeandPlay online videos encourage your little ones to remain artistic in times of isolation.

Download the app on both Android & Apple, free of charge.

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Dubai 360 - Historical Museums

Right beside the skyscrapers and metropolitan extravaganza, lies the simple yet equally rich Old Dubai. Get a crash course on history through interactive tours hosted by Dubai360. Discover the traditions and customs of the UAE through its notable museums such as Umm Al Sheif Majlis, Dubai Museum, Etihad Museum, and Al Fahidi Historical District. Dubai360 is offering more than just historical tour guides; it's literary a 360 view of the entire city. Even Palm Jumeirah’s in there.

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