Six cool cultural events to check out this month
All the art events and exhibitions taking place in the UAE this month
A family day out in Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s second special exhibition, Globes: Visions
Of The World, is running weekend workshops for children and guided tours for adults. It explores the history of the spherical representation of the world and its scientific instruments from antiquity to the present day through 160 pieces, covering 2,500 years of history.
Head down after lunch and enrol your kids in the workshop while you make the most of the guided tour. Afterwards, have an early dinner in the restaurant and take in the views of sunset under the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s magnificent dome. June 2
aLouvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 8pm, Globes Children’s Workshop starts at 4pm. Dhs52.50 (workshop) and Dhs52.50 (guided tour). Tel: (600) 565566. louvreabudhabi.ae
Le Petit Maître Corrigé by Marivaux
The proximity and emotion of dramatic theatre is at its best in this classic play (it means The Little Master Corrected in English), which critiques the French aristocracy, the Parisian way of life and the tradition of arranged marriage. Although it was written in the 18th century, the dialogue has been reworked by French actor and director Clément Hervieu-Léger to make it humourous and resonant with modern day life. June 26
aAlliance Francaise Dubai, Street 18, Oud Metha, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs40, Dhs35 for AF members. Tel: (04) 3358712. Taxi: Oud Metha. afdubai.org
Made in Tashkeel
Established in 2008 by Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is a studio hub, art gallery and all-round creative hub for the art community tucked away in the leafy suburb of Nad Al Sheba. This year, it is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a special exhibition of more than 35 works including photography, screen-prints, sculpture, painting and jewellery by 25 artists from 16 countries.
Until August 30
aTashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3363313. Taxi: Nad Al Sheba (near police station). tashkeel.org
Created by experimental art studio Random International, Rain Room is an immersive experience of continuous rainfall – but thanks to motion sensors that halt the water above a visitor’s head, you stay dry. Walking through a downpour without getting drenched is a novelty in any environment, but in the scorching heat of the desert, it’s even more refreshing.
aAl Majarrah Square, near Al Majarrah Park, Sharjah, Sat to Thur 9am to 9pm, Fri 4pm to 11pm. Dhs25, Dhs15 for students and teachers, underfives free. Tel: (06) 5610095. Taxi: Al Majarrah Park. sharjahart.org
Old Dubai Iftar Trail
Appreciate the spirit of Ramadan as the sun sets on Dubai Creek with this threehour photo tour. At the end, you can break your fast with locals and workers who gather on blankets in the streets and with some help from your photo guides, you’ll be able to take some compelling snapshots of these moments.
June 4, 5, 6, 9, 11
aDubai Museum, Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai, 5.40pm to 8.40pm, Dhs395 including snacks and chair. Tel: (04) 3808545. Taxi: Dubai Museum. gulfphotoplus.com
An exhibition that invites you to delve into the thorny world of politics, but from a nuanced distance. It’s the work of Iranian-born, New York-based artist Nicky Nodjoumi, a leading figure in regional conceptual art who is best known for his use of fictional characters and humour in somewhat theatrical paintings that poke at socio-political struggles all over the world.
Until July 31
aThe Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, daily 10am to 7pm Tel: (04) 3411367. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. thethirdline.com