You’ve noticed it, right? A slight dip in the heat, tolerances increased and life beginning to return outdoors in the Middle East. So what better way to celebrate your newfound freedom than with a cultural shot in the arm at Alserkal Avenue? Summer is on the move, my friends, and from September 30 it shall be replaced by a new season at Dubai’s creative hub.
Long playing the role of Dubai’s greatest little secret, Alserkal Lates will see the arts district – and it’s 60+ concepts – open from 6-10pm over two days, with 10 new concepts opening their doors and a long list of new exhibitions.
The new additions build on Alserkal Avenue’s growing reputation and we already have some favourites. Here’s a move you can take from us. Make a beeline for some custom made footwear at family run Italian Shoe Factory, before making a grooming appointment at Chalk – the brainchild of Emirati entrepreneur – and friend of GQ – Anas Bukhash. Close out your night at upcycling café concept at KAVE – founded by Rania and Zeina Kanaan, the sisters behind Charicyles – a space that’s also a fair trade boutique and guitar shop – naturally.
“The original concepts opening in Alserkal Avenue add a new dimension to our vibrant community of creative homegrown entrepreneurs,” says Vilma Jurkute, Alserkal Director. “It’s a place where we continue to take a risk on the risk-takers.”
Our advice? Go down for the new concepts, go down for the old concepts, go down just to wander the streets. Head to see the performance of WRECK – you’ll find them on stage at Concrete on both September 30 and October 1 – a combining movement, sound, and visual art. Failing that check out a host of new exhibitions at 13 galleries – we’ve already got our eyes on 100 years of Bauhaus at the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation Exhibition and The Arab Street, Vol. II Group exhibition at Gulf Photo Plus.
“The new homegrown businesses continue to challenge and disrupt industries,” continues Jurkute. “Through a new way of thinking it’s spearheaded by passionate entrepreneurs who collectively contribute to the growing creative economy of Dubai, and the region.”