SIKKA* Art Fair is an artist-led fair of commissioned work located in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (formally known as Bastakiya).
SIKKA was founded by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and has been running since 2011. Its aim is to support home-grown creativity and showcase artistic talent based in the United Arab Emirates.
This year’s edition is on from 14th-24th March and will include over 70 UAE-based artists and 14 multidisciplinary initiatives and collectives, plus an array of special projects, workshops, panel discussions, artist led walks, live music, performances and film screenings.
The fair has been growing year on year, and I'm happy to say that I am taking part this year (a separate post about my project is coming up right after this post).
The complete line up of artists and projects, plus the SIKKA 2013 Programme and workshops can be found on SIKKA's website. I strongly urge you have a look and block some time in your calendar for this fair.
The opening night is on Thursday, 14th March from 6.00pm till midnight. It will be a fun night to meander through Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood to check out all the work in the lovely houses. There will be food and drinks, musical performances and an overall good vibe.
If you've never been to SIKKA or Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, here's a clip from last year's SIKKA to give you an a feel of what to expect.
Thursday 14 March 18:00 – 00:00
Friday 15 March 16:00 – 00:00
Saturday 16 March 12:00 – 00:00
Sunday 17 March 14:00 – 22:00
Monday 18 March 14:00 – 22:00
Tuesday 19 March 14:00 – 22:00
Wednesday20 March 14:00 – 22:00
Thursday 21 March 14:00 – 00:00
Friday 22 March 16:00 – 00:00
Saturday 23 March 12:00 – 00:00
Sunday 24 March 18:00 – 00:00
* SIKKA draws its name from the alleyways between the historic houses of Dubai, and serves as a metaphor that befits the young and upcoming artists who seek to establish their creative and professional paths through their participation in the fair.