This year’s Sikka art fair— the 9th edition and largest to date— opens on March 17th until the 24th, putting a spotlight on local up and coming contemporary artists and collectives. The 9-day program features exhibitions, installations, live performances and workshops in the iconic Al Fahidi district of old Dubai.
But because art season can be nothing short of overwhelming, MILLE rounds up the six things to see and do at Sikka.
Dubai’s contemporary art institution, famed for celebrating artists and placing them at the core all the while promoting design practice, creative experimentation and cross-cultural dialogue will present an exhibition exploring the concept of failure.
Alserkal Cultural Foundation
The non-profit organisation is known for being the most innovative and forward-thinking cultural space of the Al Fahidi historic district. Presenting a series of exclusive outdoor exhibitions, they are not to be missed.
Exit by Shamma Al Amri at House 12
Rising Emirati artist and Royal College of Art graduate, whose work explores identity-focused topics and feelings like being “othered” and confused will present an installation titled Exit celebrating the idea of tolerance as resilience.
Al Fahidi’s coolest spot will show a series of multimedia works by cutting-edge artists Samira Abbassy, Imran Channa and Halim Al Karim.
Poetry Night by Dubai Poetics
In recent years, younger generations have used poetry as a performance art allowing them to share their experiences in new fresh ways. Dubai’s prominent poetry community will host a spoken word night celebrating the ancient art form’s new renaissance.
Mille World at House 12
We will be relocating at Sikka during the 9 days of the fair, inviting you to meet us and spontaneously share your stories in an unfiltered way as part of our “Good Conversation Project”.
Sikka runs until 24th March, Al Fahidi, Dubai