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‘Africa is not a Country’ at Showcase Gallery Launched during the 2018 Art Week series of events, this six artist-strong exhibition occupies the upstairs gallery at Showcase Gallery until 14 May. A platform for works by some of Africa’s rising tide of emerging artists, vibrant colours and powerful messages come together in the works of a high profile cadre of talent that includes Ehoodi Kichapi, Helen Teede, Paul Onditi, Peter Ngugi, Richard Kimathi and Wycliffe Mundopa.

‘Star Liner’ by Zak Ové Opening on 19 March as part of Art Dubai, ‘Star Liner’ is the newest exhibition at the Lawrie Shabibi gallery. It’s the first solo show in the Middle East by the British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ove. Ove’s works often deal with the notion of belonging, especially in a multicultural world. He’s known for his large installations, which have been on show at the British Museum and Yorkshire Sculptural Park. ‘Star Liner’ was inspired by the futuristic and psychedelic music of George Clinton, as well as the Black Star Line, a shipping line that transported goods and African Americans throughout Africa. The exhibition includes a mix of paintings, sculptures, and a new series of African masks made from brightly-painted car parts.

Dubai Garden Glow Dubai Garden Glow is back for a third season. The park is one of the world’s largest theme parks, and with three unique areas, it has something for the whole family to enjoy. The glow garden sparkles in the dark, and is made of over 10 million energy-saving light bulbs and yards of recycled luminous fabric. There’s also Dinosaur Park, which is home to more than 100 realistic animatronic dinosaurs. New for 2017 is the park’s new area, Ice Park, which has been made from 5,000 tons of ice. There are also musical shows and live performances throughout Dubai Garden Glow, as well as an edutainment zone for the kids and a pavilion with food from around the world.

Every year, the graduating students in the six degree programs at the College of the Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE) at Zayed University showcase their work to the public.  This annual show at Dubai Design District begins with an opening ceremony, followed by two full days of exhibition.

Six Degrees Exhibition at Dubai Design District Promising young designers and architects from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) will display their final year work in the heart of the vibrant Dubai Design District (d3) from 13-15 May. Head down to d3 for an exclusive opportunity to view the graduating class of 2018’s talent with an exciting and inspiring collection of pieces and installations covering everything from interior design to architecture.

LED light show at Burj Khalifa Catch the Burj Khalifa in all its colourful glory until 31 May as it illuminates the evening sky with yet another spectacular light show, brought to you this time around by Hungarian 3D dance troupe Freelusion. Every evening after sunset, the tapering needle-like exterior of the iconic superstructure will be lit up by a hi-tech and highly artistic 3D moving installation that uses state-of-the-art video mapping technology. Semi-finalists in the 2013 season of the hugely popular Britain’s Got Talent television show, Freelusion’s latest visual extravaganza is the winning result of an open call by Burj Khalifa that invited emerging 3D artists to submit designs, with the chance for one lucky participant to have their work beamed onto the building’s facade for al the world to see.

La Perle By Dragone Franco Dragone, the mastermind behind shows like The House of Dancing Water in Macau and Le Reve in Las Vegas, has created Dubai’s first resident show – La Perle. The show, which is expected to run for the next ten years, with ten shows a week, takes place in a purpose-built theatre in the heart of Al Habtoor City. The theatre uses state-of-the-art technology, and houses an aqua-stage and a 12-metre deep pool filled with 2.7 million litres of water. You can expect to see 65 world-class performers, from 23 countries, performing breath-taking and extraordinary stunts, ranging from acrobatics and contortion to flying and diving. With a story that’s inspired by the spirit of Dubai, La Perle is a one-of-a-kind live show, designed to appeal to everyone, and capture the imagination of children and adults alike. Please note that La Perle will be off during the Holy Month of Ramadan from 13 May and will resume shows on 13 June.

‘Inner And Outer Space’ by Kenny Scharf The latest exhibition to go on display at Leila Heller Gallery is ‘Inner and Outer Space’ by Kenny Scharf, and is the American artist’s first solo show here in the UAE. The painter and sculptor is best known for his large, colourful paintings of animals and imaginary creatures, as well as sculptures of televisions and found objects. His latest series of works reflect his concerns about the environment, and in particular the petroleum industry. Two of the paintings, We’re Melting Together Night and Day, and Melty Slop, show a series of brightly-coloured cartoon faces melting down to the bottom of the canvas, and have been made using oil, acrylic, and diamond dust.

‘Under, 2018’ Exhibition by Hale Tenger A brand new art installation will be on show at Alserkal Avenue from 19 March, and is being launched at Dubai Art Week. The installation, by Turkish artist Hale Tenger, has been curated by Mari Spirito and commissioned by Alserkal Programming – the 18th commission in three years. The installation, entitled ‘Under, 2018’, is a freestanding structure that visitors are invited to enter. It’s inspired by an ancient hunting method, in which nets were erected in forests, forcing birds to fly low. When the nets were taken away, the birds continued flying low, as though they’d forgotten the sky existed. The installation invites visitors to ask themselves questions such as ‘If birds can forget to fly high in the sky, what have we humans forgotten?’

‘Cultural Crossroads’ by Tahar Ben Jolloun ‘Cultural Crossroads’, which is on display at La Galerie Nationale, is a collection of works on canvas by the Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun. The poet, novelist and artist is best known for his novel The Sacred Night, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1987. He first started painting in 2013, and since then he’s had his work exhibited in galleries in Rome, Paris, and Algiers. The show came about because of the friendship between Ben Jelloun and Guillaume Cuiry, the gallery’s director and curator. It will debut during this year’s Dubai Art Week, and also marks the gallery’s partnership with the Institut de Monde Arabe, as 2018 is the official year of UAE-Franco Relations.

‘Under, 2018’ Exhibition by Hale Tenger A brand new art installation will be on show at Alserkal Avenue from 19 March, and is being launched at Dubai Art Week. The installation, by Turkish artist Hale Tenger, has been curated by Mari Spirito and commissioned by Alserkal Programming – the 18th commission in three years. The installation, entitled ‘Under, 2018’, is a freestanding structure that visitors are invited to enter. It’s inspired by an ancient hunting method, in which nets were erected in forests, forcing birds to fly low. When the nets were taken away, the birds continued flying low, as though they’d forgotten the sky existed. The installation invites visitors to ask themselves questions such as ‘If birds can forget to fly high in the sky, what have we humans forgotten?’