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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.

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