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12Feb
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Sat
13Feb

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Alserkal Avenue is hosting the closing weekend of Emirates LitFest from 12-13 February. Our programme will celebrate both the written and spoken word, through panels, screenings, workshops, and more. 

 

Get your tickets via the following link: https://bit.ly/2Yxg5lm

 

Scroll down to see what our community has planned.

 

Community Programming

 

GULF PHOTO PLUS

 

Panel | Framing the Self-Publisher

Concrete

Friday, 12 February | 5 - 6PM

Free and open to all

Augustine Paredes, Jalal Abuthina, and Malda Smadi. Moderated by Mo Somji.

 

Join us for a panel discussion on self-publishing photobooks with UAE-based photographers Augustine Paredes and Jalal Abuthina, and publisher Malda Smadi, moderated by photographer and Gulf Photo Plus Director Mohamed Somji. The panel will consider practical aspects of self-publishing, such as production, distribution, dissemination, while exploring the cultural impact of artist books in the face of the ongoing proliferation of digital media, as well as the place of the self-publisher within the current resurgence of art book publishing.

CINEMA AKIL

 

Outdoor Screening | Metropolis

The Yard 

Friday, 12 February | 8:30 - 11PM

Tickets here

Join us for a screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927). Set in a highly stylized futuristic city, a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. 

 

Screening | Between Heaven & Earth

Cinema Akil

Friday, 12 & 13 February | 4, 7 & 9.30PM

Tickets here

 

Palestinian director Najwa Najjar’s film Between Heaven and Earth chronicles the relationship between a young couple.

 

KAVE 

Workshop | Self-expression through Spoken Word with Farah Chamma

KAVE | Warehouse 20

Friday, 12 February | 4 - 6PM

Saturday, 13 February | 2 - 4PM

AED 150/person

 

A workshop exploring self-expression through improv techniques, allowing participants to experience and perform a single text in a variety of tones, voices, and ranges of emotions.  Participants are required to bring one text of their own writing, written in any language or in several languages, preferably one they know by heart. Participants are encouraged to read others’ texts during the workshop, and we recommended brining your texts on paper, rather than on phones.

 

Book here: https://thestoryofthings.com/shop-products/workshops/ 

 

Workshop | Writing with Intent: The Art of Letter Writing (by pen or typewriter) by Faraz Ali

KAVE | Warehouse 20

Saturday, 13 February | 6 - 7.30PM

AED 150/person

 

The joy of writing and receiving handwritten letters is slowly fading away. In this session, we will try to rekindle the experience by writing a letter of gratitude. Taking the time to articulate our gratitude humbles us as we realise how dependent we are on the kindness and help of others, and how lucky we are to have them in our lives. In this workshop, we will express our gratitude to one such individual from the service industry who works tirelessly to make our days run smoothly. After the session, participants will be encouraged to send them the letter.

 

Book here: https://thestoryofthings.com/shop-products/workshops/

WORKSHOPS BY THEJAMJAR

 

Acrylic Techniques

Adults

Thejamjar | Warehouse 74

Saturday, 13 February | 1 - 3PM

Teacher: Hana Akram

AED 168/person

 

In this session of our popular Acrylic Techniques workshops, participants will explore ideas about abstracting the human figure while individually expressing movement, curves, and creating an emotive interpretation of the body. All levels are welcome.

Book here:https://www.thejamjardubai.com/weekly-classes


 
Watercolour Techniques

Adults

Thejamjar | Warehouse 74

Saturday, 13 February | 3 - 5.30PM

Teacher : Tilika D’souza

AED 168/person

 

Learn more about the beautiful medium of watercolour with our Watercolour Techniques workshops, open to all levels of participants. For this special Lit Fest-inspired workshop, participants will create a detailed illustration of their favorite bookshelf, whether real or imaginary, to celebrate the power of literature.

 

Book here:https://www.thejamjardubai.com/weekly-classes

Acrylics | Picasso Portraits 

Kids

Thejamjar | Warehouse 74

Saturday, 13 February | 4 - 5.30PM

Ages 6 - 10

Teacher: Hana Akram

AED 141.75/person

 

Book here: https://www.thejamjardubai.com/weekly-classes

 

In this workshop, children aged 6 to 10 will learn about Pablo Picasso and observe his techniques to create their own abstracted portrait.


THE JUNCTION

 

Short+Sweet Theatre |  Shakespeare Week 

The Junction | Warehouse 72

Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 February

7.30PM (12 & 13 Feb) & 2.30PM (13 Feb)

AED 100

Short+Sweet Theatre 2021 showcases short, 10-minute plays. In its 9th year in Dubai, Short+Sweet aims to grow the community of Dubai-based theatre performers. In any show, audiences can see up to 10 plays of 10 minutes across a variety of genres. Shakespeare Week features works inspired by the Bard himself!

 

Book here: http://www.thejunctiondubai.com/580-2

 



WISDOM WAREHOUSE

 

Workshop | Character Conversion

Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 February | 11AM - 4PM

AED 89/person

 

Create yourself as an alter ego storybook character using symmetry! Which character will you spin?

 

Book here: admin@wisdomwarehosuedubai.com 

 

Workshop | Fractured Fairytales

Friday, 12 February | 11AM - 12PM

AED126/person

 

Your favourite fairytale is about to be remixed! Can you change the elements of a popular fairytale in this creative writing workshop?

 

Book here: admin@wisdomwarehosuedubai.com 

 

Workshop | Setting Substitution

Friday, 12 February | 1- 2PM

AED126/person

 

Imagine your favourite book set in a different time or planet! How would that change the story? Unleash your creativity as YOU take charge of switching the setting! 

 

Book here: admin@wisdomwarehosuedubai.com 

Creative Writing Workshop | Choose your own Adventure

Friday, 12 February | 3 - 4PM

AED126/person

 

Calling all adventure authors! This creative writing lesson teaches how to create a choose-your-own-adventure story in which the reader gets to decide the character's fate. Which path will you choose?

 

Book here: admin@wisdomwarehosuedubai.com 

 

Creative Writing Workshop | Fantastic Folktales

Saturday, 13 February |  11AM - 12PM

AED126/person

 

Learn the history of folktales as we dive headfirst into writing our own tales explaining events in the natural world.

 

Book here: admin@wisdomwarehosuedubai.com 

 

Workshop | Twist Ending Remix

Saturday,  13 February | 1 - 2PM

AED126/person

 

Surprise your audience with an unexpected twist ending! Children use different mediums to showcase a new and improved conclusion to a story. 

Book here: admin@wisdomwarehosuedubai.com 

 

Creative Writing Workshop | Comic Creator

Saturday, 13 February |  3 - 4PM

AED126/person

 

Can you turn a book into a comic? This creative writing lesson teaches young authors the elements of comic books as they recreate a story in comic form.

 

Book here: admin@wisdomwarehosuedubai.com 

 

THE HAPPY STUDIO

 

Book reading and workshop | Mary and Mike's Magnanimous Adventure

Saturday, 13 February | Hourly from 2 - 5PM

Mary and Mike’s Magnanimous Adventures is a children’s book all about kindness, authored by Linda Darwish, co-founder of The Happy Box, and her daughter Jamila Maden. It is the first of a series, with each book focusing on a new message and a new target sound for language development.The book will be read to participants along with their furry friends by Jumana Al Darwish, co-founder of The Happy Box, with fun, related, post-reading activities, imagined by The Happy Box art curators.

 

Book here: https://www.thehappybox.ae/online-store/Emirates-Literature-Festival-Book-Reading-and-Workshop-p254669675

 

Lit Fest programming

 

Friday, 12 February

 

2 - 3PM

Fashion, Football and Feminism: Hafsa Lodi & Houriya Altaheri

Concrete

 

Book here

 

3PM

Literature Live Around the World - 12 Hours, 12 Countries

A4 Space

 

Book here

 

3.30 - 5PM

Designing Historical Fiction: Workshop with Rehan Khan 

Warehouse 83

 

Book here

 

4.30 - 5PM

Ranganath Subramoney: The LAAF Way

The Yard



6 - 7PM

Create Your Place: Workshop with Nasser iraq

Warehouse 83

 

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7 - 8PM

Omar Ghobash in Conversation

Concrete



Saturday, 13 February

 

1 -  2.30PM

Writing to Self Discovery: Workshop with Heather Grace

Warehouse 83

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2.30 - 3.30PM

Julia Johnson: Where is Everyone? Julia Johnson

The Yard

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3.30 - 4.30PM

Lemn Sissay: My Name is Why - Lemn Sissay

Concrete

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3.30 - 4.30PM

Wikipedia Training: Workshop for the Kateb Maktub Project

Warehouse 83

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5 - 6PM

Fadi Zaghmout: Literature from the Edges

The Yard

 

6:30 - 7PM

Montegrappa Letter Writing Competition Prize Giving

The Yard

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7.30 - 8.30PM

Festival Finale: The Next Chapter

Concrete

Book Here

 

*Disclaimer: Due to the current circumstances some event timings and dates may change. Check for updates.

To welcome you in the best possible conditions for socialising and enjoying our offerings, Alserkal Avenue kindly requires you to wear masks and respect social distancing in all venues at all times. In light of the recent circular from Dubai Government, live entertainment will be cancelled. All fitness class participants must remain 3 metres apart. When queuing for food, please respect a distance of 3 metres. Most activities and activations will be outdoors in an open space.

Please note that in making a booking, all attendees to the exhibition/event unconditionally consent to any filming that forms part of the show, and/or to their image and likeness being filmed or captured or to sound recording of the show and all persons present, that may include their image and voice, and which may be used without compensation in any form of media for any marketing or promotional purposes at any time by Alserkal following the show and on more than one occasion. Please refer to our website for full details:

https://alserkalavenue.ae/en/page/image-acknowledgement.php