ECHO Dubai 2017 (Dubai, UAE)

ECHO Dubai is a forward-thinking art, design and technology festival.

This one of a kind event in Dubai will feature workshops, conferences, live installations and a sound festival. At ECHO Dubai we merge the best of design, art, technology and the world of sounds to attract minds that your brand has always wanted to connect with.

MUTEK.AE 2017 (Dubai, UAE)

MUTEK.AE will be a gathering unlike anything audiences in the Middle East have previously experienced. Concentrated on elevating the art of live contemporary electronic music and cutting-edge visual works, MUTEK in Dubai will bring together artists crossing and combining disciplines to create a unique and compelling event. Assembled by a group already intimately engaged with underground electronic music and familiar with scenes in the Middle East, Europe and North America, Director Mehdi Ansari, co-founder of the renowned Analog Room sees Dubai as ripe for developing such a project.

This first MUTEK.AE event underlines the organization’s focus on live performance and emphasis on the art of electronic and digital artistry. Headlined by international heavy-hitters Jeff Mills and Dasha Rush, it will also feature local and regional artists, giving them a rare opportunity to showcase their talent. Augmented with the presence of Québec-based artists, VJs and scenographers, organizers can not wait to debut MUTEK’s format and ethos in Dubai.

MUTEK.AE will also host discussions, workshops and networking opportunities that will be of immense benefit to anyone interested in digital creativity and electronic music in the region.

Micro MUTEK.AE will be happening at W Dubai – Al Habtoor City which will cater to Nocturne 1 and 2, SAE Institute Dubai for Panel Talk & Workshops, Dubai Knowledge Park Auditorium for the two A/Vision shows and Dubai Design District for the Dubai Design Week closing party.

3D Printshow (Dubai)

Cutting-edge 3D printing showcase and conference. This event will run alongside the Dubai Airshow in its purpose-built venue at Dubai World Central (DWC), easily accessible from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

‘Light Show’ Exhibition (Sharjah, UAE)

Light Show explores the experiential and phenomenal aspects of light by bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to sculpt and shape space in different ways. The exhibition showcases artworks created from the 1960s to the present day, including immersive environments, free-standing light sculptures and projections.

From atmospheric installations to intangible sculptures that you can move around – and even through – visitors can experience light in all of its spatial and sensory forms. Individual artworks explore different aspects of light such as colour, duration, intensity and projection, as well as perceptual phenomena. They also use light to address architecture, science and film, and do so using a variety of lighting technologies.

One of the Hayward Gallery’s most popular exhibitions, Light Show was visited by more than 190,000 people in 2013. The exhibition was curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Curator, Hayward Gallery.

Light Show will be opening on Saturday, September 19 at the Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces.

The exhibition will include work by David Batchelor, Jim Campell, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Bill Culbert, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Ceal Floyer, Nancy Holt, Jenny Holzer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Brigitte Kowanz, Anthony McCall, François Morellet, Iván Navarro, Katie Paterson, Conrad Shawcross, James Turrell, Leo Villareal and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Light Show is organised by the Hayward Gallery, London in association with the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

View from Inside Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed-Media Art (Abu Dhabi)

The internationally acclaimed FotoFest leaves its U.S. home to come to the Middle East for the first time with a specially curated exhibition for the Abu Dhabi Festival based on the highly praised 2014 FotoFest Biennale. The exhibition showcases a diverse and stimulating selection of leading contemporary Arab artists. From photojournalistic images of important public events to poetic reflections on Arab culture, these artworks show the complexity and beauty of life in the Middle East and North Africa today. The inter-connections between tradition and change, both global and regional, are central to these works and the way these artists engage with the world around them.