Inside Indie: 03/07/2019

It’s another week of exciting indie news and events!

Here we go:

Al Qattara Arts Centre in Al Ain launches the Al Qattara Kids Summer Camp for children aged 6 to 13 with a programme that combines art, culture, and heritage from July 4 to 29

sQuad Core, the first women-only gaming lounge in Abu Dhabi, opens its doors at Abu Dhabi Ladies Club

Warehouse421 launches extensive summer programme featuring shoemaking, tablescaping, and design-focused workshops

Al Qattara Arts Centre in Al Ain launches the Al Qattara Kids Summer Camp

Looking for a fun, arts and culture-filled summer for your children? Check out the Al Qattara Kids Summer Camp for children aged 6 to 13 with a programme that combines art, culture, and heritage from July 4 to 29.

To learn more and register, please visit their official page.

sQuad Core, the first women-only gaming lounge in Abu Dhabi, opens its doors at Abu Dhabi Ladies Club

Credit: The National UAE

Female gamers, rejoice!

A new hub exclusively for you can be accessed inside the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club.

sQuad Core has a gaming section, complete with specially designed chairs and computers, as well as HyperX headphones, while another area features sofas and chairs, a big screen TV and consoles such as a PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. There are also board games on offer. It also hosts an event every month, including tournaments, seasonal events and gaming live streams. In the past, it has held Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Overwatch and Among Us individual and team tournaments.

The lounge opened its doors in February 2020 for gamers aged between 12 to 35 to hang out and play. However, like most places affected by the pandemic, the lounge had to close for three months before [ivoting to hosting online tournaments and sent out activity kits to members.

sQuad core originally offered a membership programme before switching to an hourly rate but the lounge is looking at ways to to reintroduce it.

Keep an eye out for more news about this awesome gaming lounge!

Warehouse421 launches extensive summer programme featuring shoemaking, tablescaping, and design-focused workshops

Credit: Warehouse421

Arts lovers! Warehouse421 has something for everyone with its exciting summer programme, which kicks off in July and will run until September.

The programme features a series of online and in-person workshops cover various activities, including shoe-making, tablescaping and zine-making. It also includes collaborations with Makerspace Al Zeina, an open-access workshop space for creatives in Abu Dhabi; Film My Design, a Cairo film festival; and Dubai’s Cinema Akil. Warehouse421 is also working with a number of artists and designers, including Rand Abdul Jabbar, Hala Al Ani, Fatima Al Zaabi, Dima Srouji, Zuhoor Al Sayegh and Talin Hazbar.

Warehouse421 will also unveil bah-rah, a new permanent architectural intervention by artist Talin Hazbar. The work is a fountain-like water feature that expands on Hazbar’s previous solo exhibition at the art space in 2019 titled Structures of Impermanence, which looked at the bah-rah, a water fountain traditionally found in Syrian architecture. In the show, the artist considers the bah-rah beyond its design, but also its role in shaping social interactions and rituals.

To learn more about the summer programme and book your session, please visit the official warehouse421 website.

Upcoming Events

Art in Action, virtual arts series in support of Palestinian art and artists, July 5 to 8. Zoom, registration required

Organised by Blank Canvas Community, Michael M Jabareen, and Basta Theatre

From the UAE, Germany and Palestine to the world – Join Blank Canvas Community, Michael M Jabareen, and Basta Theatre for a journey through the timeline of Palestinian Art; as an exploration of the role it can play to communicate, create and act for social change. This virtual series will include talks and artistic performances by prominent voices of Palestinian Art, supported by a creative toolkit for you to create your own.

Cinem’Art”: Emotions in Cinema, film screenings at Louvre Abu Dhabi, 3 July. Free entry, booking required.

Inspired by the new Children’s Museum exhibition Emotions! The new art adventure at Louvre Abu Dhabi, children and families are invited to watch a series of enchanting films in the museum’s auditorium. On three successive Saturdays (19 June, 26 June and 3 July), there be a screening of five short films on a loop followed by a different feature film. Complementing the exhibition, each film shows how, young or old, a deeper connection to our feelings can help us navigate the world.

It Ain’t Where You From Film, Subbak Festival 2021, until July 17, free screening on the Shubbak Festival Facebook, Registration required

Co-commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and Shubbak Festival 2021, It Ain’t Where You From captures the melting pot of Gulf cities. Each artist has a personal history, each is struggling to find their way. We get to know what it takes to follow their passions and how Hip Hop gives voice to a third culture generation.

It is an offshoot of The Main Circle: 7.83 by director and filmmaker, Philip Rachid, an enthralling and empowering transmedia documentary performance that explores the perception of B-Boy culture across Middle Eastern cultures and traditions, commissioned by The Arts Center.

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