As part of UAE’s bold vision for the future,
Festival X - where art meets technology launches in Dubai
Anovel platform, Festival X launched in Dubai in October, representing the intersection of art, science, and technology, with the central goal of developing the media art community. From biotech to robotics, artificial intelligence, space trash, satellite data, and much more, Festival X took place in Alserkal Avenue from October 7th to 9th, 2022.
Co-founded and directed by Amin Davaei, Festival X is powered by the awardwinning and UAE-based events company, LINKVIVA and its presenting partner, Al Serkal Avenue. Festival X is intended to be an educative space that illustrates, discusses, and advances the potential of hybridisation between different artistic and scientific disciplines, that hold important opportunities to shape the future.
As a new concept, the Festival X team is adamant about starting this journey on the right foot. They have accordingly benchmarked and collaborated with pioneers of this movement by bringing onboard Martin Honzik, Managing Director of Ars Electronica Festival, and Christl Baur, Head of Ars Electronica Festival as festival advisors, along with David Brüll, Founder and Director of NODE Forum for Digital Arts and the NODE Institute, as Co-curator and festival consultant.
With the sure support of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, LINKVIVA was able to bring Festival X to life; and with key partnerships with local and international establishments such as Alserkal, Creative Robotics, the University of Arts and Design, Linz as education providers, and Beckhoff as technology providers, Festival X can further position the progressive city of Dubai as the epicenter of creative tech in the region.
Niousha Ehsan, Chief Energy Officer of LINKVIVA stated: “We’re delighted to bring together some of the best leaders and researchers in creative coding and art, and we hope it plays a part in driving Dubai’s continual vision for innovation and collaboration”
In addition to providing a platform that engages and cultivates the creative community in the region, the vision for Festival X is to become an annual event, with a different theme each year, to address a relevant global issue and form a community that can implement its influence through its creations to serve as potential solutions.
Festival X is to become an annual event, with a different theme each year addressing a relevant global issue.