Warehouse421 - Wednesdays at the Warehouse - October 2016

Wednesdays at the Warehouse at Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi is back after its last season which took place in April.

The new season will start start on 5th October with weekly events that include workshops, talks and film screenings. 

Here's the schedule for October and come back for updates for the next few months.  


Workshop: What's Your Type? The A-Z of Hand-Lettering
Date: 5th October 2016
Time: 17:00 - 20:00

This workshop explores the world of handlettering, starting with a conversation on the differences between writing, lettering and typography, followed by a series of drawing exercises designed to demonstrate the potential impact and versatility of using letters and words as expressive visual pieces.

Instructor: Ali Al Masri, Type & Graphic Designer, Founder of Abjad Type Foundry, Jordan

Age group: Adults

Talk: From the Cave to the Cloud - A Human History of Visual Communication
Date: 12th October 2016
Time: 18:30 – 20:00

This lecture tracks the evolution of visual communication throughout history, from cave painting to the digital revolution, including the advent of graphic design and the development of semiotics, writing and printing, as transformational methods for communicating information.

Speaker: Prof. Bernard Stein, Chair of Visual Communication, University of Kassel, Germany

Film screenings: Waves '98 and Barakah Meets Barakah
Date: 19th October 2016
Time: 19:30 – 22:00  

Waves '98 (2015) 
Directed by: Ely Dagher | Lebanon, Qatar | PG | Animation | Arabic with English subtitles | 15 min

Set between Beirut’s post-war climate of recovery in the 90’s and today’s general sense of crumbling this is Omar’s story. Growing up in Beirut’s suburbs meant that Omar spent his entire teenage years living on the outskirts, having never visited parts of the segregated city or even crossed its borders.

His daily life is dominated by the mundane, his parents’ financial problems, and a certain lack of motivation; his only escape being the time he spends gazing at the city from his school’s rooftop.

Until, On a cold winter day, Omar unexpectedly witnesses something strange and beautiful. A sort of intense beaming light, shining through the greyness of the city’s landscape that lures him to venture into the depth of the city. This giant discovery leads him to explore and immerse himself in a world he never knew existed. A world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality that Omar finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home…

Barakah Meets Barakah (2016) 
Directed by: Mahmoud Sabbagh | KSA | PG | Comedy, Romance, Drama | Arabic with English subtitles | 88 min 

If you were to ask a group of film experts which country is currently the least appropriate setting for a hilarious, truly wacky romantic comedy, the chances are that Saudi Arabia would come out on top. But their guesses would be wrong, as Barakah Yoqabil Barakah provides more than enough evidence to the contrary.

He is a municipal civil servant from Jeddah, whose origins are humble to say the least, while she is a wild beauty, the adopted daughter of a rich couple, whose marriage has suffered due to their lack of biological children. He is also an amateur actor in a theatre company rehearsing a production of "Hamlet", while she functions as a crowd puller for her stylish adoptive mother’s boutique and runs her own boisterous, widely seen vlog.

Fate brings them together – in an environment hostile to dating of any kind. But the two of them show breathtaking ingenuity to circumvent the system of tradition, etiquette and religious police – with the crucial help of a quirky midwife and a pink push up bra. Barakah Yoqabil Barakah is a film for anyone who has always wanted to know just what else is going on in Saudi Arabia.

Workshop: I See What You Mean - Revisiting Visual Communication
Date: 26th October
Time: 17:00 – 20:00

This workshop explores the creative practice of visual communication through the use of simplified drawings, symbols and design. Participants learn about aspects of creative thinking, idea generation, the application of traditional and unconventional techniques, and the use of various media, to effectively communicate ideas without text.

Instructor: David Habchy, Visual Artist & Co-Founder,Studio Kawakeb / Waraq Associassion, Lebanon

Age group: Adults