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Van Cleef & Arpels’ School of Jewelry Arts, L’Ecole, is running a public programme developed specially for its “nomadic campus” in Dubai, which is located at Hai D3 in the Dubai Design District until November 25. The initiative by the French jewellery maison is a first for the Middle East, and follows successful activations in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. As well as classes for adults and children, the school is hosting a number of events that are free to attend, including exhibitions, evening conversations on a wide range of cultural topics and outdoor classic cinema screenings – all carefully selected to appeal to anyone with an interest in the history and traditions of fine jewellery. Guest speakers from around the world will lead discussions centred on Emirati adornment culture, pearls and minerals, while the cinema screenings pay homage to Hollywood’s love affair with jewellery, with Alfred Hitchcock’s
To Catch a Thief (1955), as well as the epic Cleopatra (1963) scheduled to be shown. The school is holding 14 classes for adults, for which a donation of Dh400 per person will be required, and five workshops for youngsters that are free of charge. All the money collected will be donated to Dubai Cares, the philanthropic organisation that helps millions of children around the world.