Inside Indie 06-11-2021

Inside Indie’s back after a brief hiatus!

Get ready for exciting arts and culture news and events – read on to find out!

  • Second Phase of ‘Parking Meters Project’ By RTA & Brand Dubai Underway with Urban Designs by Five Emirati Artists under the theme of ‘Tradition Meets Modernity’
  • Submissions now open for the $10,000 Christo and Jeanne Claude Award in 2022
  • Emirates Literature Festival 2022 to take place at Habtoor City and EXPO 2020 DUBAI
  • Submission deadline for the Waterfront Market Annual Murals and Art Competition 2021 extended to November 14

Second Phase of ‘Parking Meters Project’ By RTA & Brand Dubai Underway with Urban Designs by Five Emirati Artists under the theme of ‘Tradition Meets Modernity’

Credit: Khaleej Times

Have you come across these new and modern-looking parking meters?

They are a part of the second phase of the ‘Parking Meters Project’ by the RTA and Brand Dubai, which aims to help showcase Emirati traditions and culture in an urban way. Located currently in residential and tourist hotspots such as the Burj Khalifa, Al Wasl, Business Bay, 2nd December Street, Marsa Dubai, Al Ras, Gold Souq, Al Shandaghah, Al Buteen, Al Rigga and Rega Al Buteen, the parking meters ensure that people from all walks of life can see and admire Emirati culture in a different way.

Five Emirati digital artists – Mohamed Aljneibi, Saeed Alemadi, Maryam Alobeidli, Alia Alhammadi, and Alya Fowzan – were commissioned to take part and deliver these unique pieces that were created under the theme of ‘Tradition Meets Modernity’.

With the project being green lit to expand further, this could serve as an opportunity to other Emirati artists to get on board and help enhance the purpose and art of the initiative.

Submissions now open for the $10,000 Christo and Jeanne Claude Award in 2022

Credit: Wolfgang Volz

How would you like to win $10,000??

You’re in luck – submissions are now open for the Christo and Jeanne Claude Award in 2022! It is open for individual artists or teams based in the UAE and participants can use any form of media ranging from photography, sculpture, installation, land art, and video.  

This prestigious annual award for public art is produced in collaboration with the NYUAD Art Gallery to help develop and encourage the artistic talent in the country. It takes place under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan and is presented by New York University Abu Dhabi in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF). 

To apply, all entrants need to complete an application form, which includes a proposed budget.

  • The winning work will be exhibited in Abu Dhabi, in November 2022.
  • The winning artist will directly receive $10,000 to enable the production of the new work.
  • The deadline for application is the midnight of January 31st, 2022.

To learn more about the work and practice of Christo and Jeanne-Claude we invite you to visit their website at: christojeanneclaude.net

Emirates Literature Festival 2022 to take place at Habtoor City and EXPO 2020 DUBAI

Credit: Gulf News

Literature lovers and book worms, get ready for the 14th edition Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2022!

There will be some changes for the upcoming event, which will take place February 3 to 12, 2022. These include a mix of virtual and in-person sessions at a canal-side venue at Habtoor City as well as events at Expo 2020 Dubai that will be held under the theme of ‘Here Comes the Sun’.

The author line-up for the coming festival will be revealed on November 17.

To learn more and book tickets, please visit https://www.emirateslitfest.com

Submission deadline for the Waterfront Market Annual Murals and Art Competition 2021 extended to November 14

Credit: WaterFront Market

Calling all artists from UAE! You’ve got a week left to enter your submission for the annual Waterfront Market Murals and Art competition!

You have until November 14 to enter either as an individual artist or a team and all participants must be aged above 18 years. Push your creativity to the limit while showcasing how the UAE has progressed and highlighting the nation’s achievements over the past 50 years.

The competition is giving you the chance to win a whopping 50,000 AED and for the opportunity to have your work displayed as the feature artwork on-site. It also offers artists the opportunity to compete against the best in the industry and to win massive rewards and recognition.

Learn more: https://murals.waterfrontmarket.ae

Upcoming Events

The Firebird by Teatro Gioco Vita EXPO 2020 DUBAI, Hall 2A South | DEC, November 6 from 4 to 4.45PM AND 6 to 6.45PM, Entrance included with pass

The poetics of Igor Stravinsky and his musical theatre of myths and legends are brought back to life in the shadow play “The Firebird”.

At Expo 2020, the Teatro Gioco Vita, which has been a key player in Italian animation theatre since the ‘70s, presents the choreographic narrative of an old fable, which unfolds through the use of light and the absence thereof; through body movements that follow the music in a suggestive balance between figurative and abstract, between reality and imagination.

What’s The Hype Concert – EXPO 2020 DUBAI, Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre | Al Forsan Zone, 8 – 10PM

Enjoy a colourful and culturally explosive collection of Afro-Fusion performances by a host of A-list Nigerian acts and new, emerging hot young talents across the unique Nigerian music scene. Artists include Buma Boy, WizKid, Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade.

Dubai Design Week – November 8 to 13, Dubai Design District, Free Entrance

Dubai Design Week is an annual week-long festival celebrating design and creativity in the UAE and beyond through an extensive programme of free-to-attend exhibitions, installations, engaging activities and pop-ups, talks and workshops, accessible for visitors at all levels. These include a lively arts section featuring a total of 15 installations will be spread throughout d3, including a towering, shimmering glass work titled The Shape of Light by conceptual art studio Shuster + Moseley that will cast eye-catching geometric prismatic forms.

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