Inside Indie: 27/11/2021

A film festival,

  • 10 day inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival to feature 10 days of screenings, events, and competitions
  • Artworks by three UAE-based artists still on display as part of Abu Dhabi Art Beyond: Emerging Artists Programme
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi organises Retro Blast event in celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee

10 day inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival to feature screenings, events, and competitions

Credit: Red Sea International Film Festival

Film lovers within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejoice!

The Red Sea International Film Festival is launching its inaugural edition with an exciting line up of diverse screenings and events.

Taking place from December 6 to 15, the festival will feature 138 films from 67 countries, including 25 world premieres, across 11 sections: Competition, Short Film Competition, International Spectacular, Arab Spectacular, Festival Favorites, New Saudi/ New Cinema (Feature), New Saudi/ New Cinema (Shorts), Treasures, Next Generation, Immersive and Episodic.

Participants and film industry insiders will also be able to take advantage of the Red Sea Souk. The festival’s industry programme, it offers distributors, sales agents, and producers developing networks across the region opportunities to make connections through pitching sessions, one-on-one meetings, screenings, industry talks, and networking events. These include a world-class Exhibitor Area and the Project Market, which will showcase 20 forthcoming titles from the Arab region’s most exciting filmmakers.

Learn more and get your tickets: https://redseafilmfest.com/en/

Artworks by three UAE-based artists still on display as part of Abu Dhabi Art Beyond: Emerging Artists Programme

Credit: The National UAE

Abu Dhabi Art may have ended but art lovers can still enjoy immersive installations by three UAE-based artists, which will remain on display until December 4 at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

The works draw on distinct themes from identity and heritage as showcased in Emirati artist Maitha Abdalla’s Too Close to the Sun to exploring the region’s uncomfortable history and participation in the global slave trade in Christopher Benton’s The World Was My Garden, and finally, Neptune by Hashel Al Lamki offers visitors the chance to escape into another world that is inspired by Al Ain.

Louvre Abu Dhabi organises Retro Blast event in celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee

Credit: Louvre Abu Dhabi

Get your skates out of your closet and dust off your dancing shoes – Louvre Abu Dhabi’s organising a retro skating event in celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee.

Taking place on December 2 and 3, this immersive event will transport you to the past with immersive projections featuring archival images of the UAE from Abu Dhabi Media that showcases the 70s to today, and music by renowned Emirati DJ Bliss as well as amazing stunts by UAE inline skating cluMADROLLERS CLUB

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s walls will be transformed with . Renowned Emirati talent, DJ Bliss will be mixing music from the region with a twist. The UAE’s inline skating will entertain with a range of stunts. If you wish to join them in the rink, bring your skates and roll with them.

Upcoming Events

(West) African Renaissance, Gate Village, Building 5, Podium Level, Dubai International Financial Centre, until December 14

Gallery 1957 in collaboration with Christie’s Dubai, has organised [West] African Renaissance, an exhibition showcasing a selection of its most esteemed artists from West Africa, such as Ghanaian artists Gideon Appah, Kwesi Botchway, Joshua Oheneba Takyi, Lord Ohene Okyere Bour, Annan Affotey, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Isshaq Ismail Godfried Donkor, Arthur Timothy and Afia Prempeh as well as works by Nigerian painters Oliver Okolo, Juwon Aderemi, and Peter Ojingiri. These artists have been trailblazers in what is considered to be a Renaissance for modern and contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, with artists from the continent gaining recognition regionally and globally.

Homecoming | A space for you, Al Serkal Avenue, until December 31

The series, part of Al Serkal Avenue’s Art Week, is Curator Janine Gaëlle Dieudji’s (France/Cameroon) response to Alserkal Arts Foundation’s invitation to reinvigorate our public realm. The series, featuring works by Lakwena Maciver (UK), Kameelah Janan Rasheed (USA) and Augustine Paredes (Philippines/UAE), deploys the power of language through the capacity of text-based artworks to inhabit physical and psychological space, generating a collective experience while acknowledging the importance of identity and self-recognition.

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