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Sikka Art Fair 2012


We are a few days away from a busy schedule of art and cultural activites happening across Dubai. Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. You can see the complete list of events on and over the next few days I will highlight some of the events and exhibitions that I'm looking forward to.

First up, is the return of the Sikka Art Fair in Bastakiya which will run from 15th-25th March. This year's edition will feature an entirely commissioned programme of new work by artists living in the United Arab Emirates, plus an open-studio exhibition from the Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) Dubai (a partnership between Delfina Foundation and Dubai Culture, Art Dubai, and Tashkeel).

Bastakiya is one of my favourite parts in Dubai and it truly comes to life during this fair. All the houses will be open to showcase new art, there will also be an education programme, talks, music and film screenings.

Make sure you don't miss this fair. You can see the complete Sikka 2012 program here.


© Hind Mezaina



Event Details
Dates and timings:
15th March -  5.00pm-10.00pm
16th March -  4.00pm-10.00pm
17th March - 11.00am-10.00pm
18th-21st March - 12.00pm-7.00pm
22nd March - 12.00pm-10.00pm
23rd March -  4.00pm-10.00pm
24th March - 11.00am-10.00pm
25th March -  4.00pm-10.00pm

Program - Full program can be seen here.

Free entry


Sikka Art Fair 

© Hind Mezaina

Sikka Art Fair located in Bastakiya opened yesterday and will run till 21st March 2011. It's what you would call a 'fringe' art fair that will run parallel to Art Dubai which starts on 16th March 2011.

Initiated by Dubai Culture, Sikka Art Fair will feature artworks by UAE based artists, galleries and institutions - it aims to foster and promote Emirati artistic content creation and establish a platform for these artists to present their works to a wider audience. In addition to the exhibited art, the fair includes a public programme of talks, workshops and tours.  Every evening will see an inspiring program of music, theatre and poetry performances.

The word 'sikka' means alleyway and you can still see "Sikka" signs in the old parts of Dubai. Bastakiya is a lovely location to hold this fair as you can wander along the alleyways and windtower houses to discover discover some interesting art that includes installations, video, paintings and photography. (Yours truly is exhibiting a small selection of Polaroids in one of the rooms in House number 16, so if you do go to the fair, please do check it out.)

Bastakiya (image provided by Dubai Culture)
The houses exhibiting the art are open till 7pm and you can enjoy the 'After Dark' programme every night between 7-8pm which will include music, theatre and poetry. Entry to the fair, workshops, tours and the After Dark sessions are free, you can see the full line of the Sikka Art Fair here.

When it gets dark, the alleyways are lit by these great looking light cubes designed by Sven Mueller


If you are in Dubai, hope you can make the time to go to this fair and enjoy this small and special part of town.


Event details
Sikka Art Fair dates: 12th - 21st March, 10am-8pm. Free entry. 
Art in the City has the detailed list of talks, workshops and After Dark programme.
You can follow Sikka Art Fair on Twitter (@SikkaArtFair).