Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue

See the full online programme here.

Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue
Dates: 16 May – 16 June 2018
We’ve got a month filled with activities, workshops, exhibitions, and screenings this Ramadan.

Programme Details

18 May - 13 June | 
Sunset - 10PM | Warehouse 46
A Japanese inspired Arabic Iftar and dinner experience, brought to you by CHI-KA, in collaboration with creative think tank The Lettuce Lab. This year, CHI-KA are bringing Swiss-born chef Michael Fessler, known for his creativity and international “savoir faire”, to create a stimulating culinary menu that brings together Japanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine with an out-of-the-box twist. Kava & Chai cafe and coffee house also joins OPEN TENT in a relaxed setting surrounded by minimalist decor, creative interventions, bonsai gardens, conversation tables, calligraphy murals and live oud nights.

Tawlet x INKED
18-24 May | 6.30-11.30PM | INKED

Tawlet is a "mom’s kitchen and table” concept where cooks from different regions of Lebanon will be sharing dishes drawing from their own history, traditions, and hometown flavours. Two sittings daily from 18-24 May. Book at

Blast Catering at Lawrie Shabibi
18 May - 15 June | 7-10PM | Lawrie Shabibi
A unique Iftar experience in a contemporary art gallery setting. Lawrie Shabibi have teamed up with Blast Catering to create a food experience inspired by Ramadan traditions from the Levant, which will take place inside the art gallery where the exhibition Each Day An Artist is on view. Click here for details on how to book. 

Nadi Al Quoz Pop-ups for Ramadan
13 May - 15 June | 10AM - 11PM | Nadi Al Quoz
Nadi Al Quoz will be taken over by homegrown boutiques and brands offering their unique products.

101 Workshops | Mondays | 8PM

Discover the Avenue in a new way with our latest community programme, 101 workshops.

For Ramadan, 101 Workshops will take place weekly and give visitors a chance to interact with our community through free workshops, classes, trainings, or guided visits. Each 101 Workshop takes place in the community members’ respective spaces.

Limited spaces available. To register, please go on the dedicated event page of each workshop and add your details. 

21 May
Mirzam Chocolate Makers | Cocoa & Coffee: Tasting Beans

Ever wanted to truly understand the words 'single origin'? Join the teams from Zero4 Coffee and Mirzam Chocolate for a group workshop focused on understanding more about biodiversity, flavour development and how tasting is far more delicious than eating. Zero 4 sources interesting coffee beans from across the world for Mirzam's coffee counter.

Register here.

28 May
Techarc | Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual reality technology enables us to stimulate any environment and any material. This gives us the ability to create and design unlimited forms. In this workshop, participants can play VR games and will be working with Google Tilt Brush, which lets them paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. 

Register here.

4 June
Gulf Photo Plus | Creative DIY Lighting

Think outside the box and get creative using alternative lighting techniques with Gulf Photo Plus - whether you wield a smartphone, a DSLR, or a mirrorless camera. Light your subject in innovative ways using desk lamps, LED lights, and projectors. Brighten up your images with glow-in-the-dark paints, colored gels, and vibrant backgrounds to produce otherworldly portraits.

Register here.

11 June
CHI-KA | The Henna Sessions

This workshop offers participants a hands-on contemporary spin on bedouin henna. We take a look at some excellent examples from the desert areas of Western Sahara to the Arabian Peninsula. Participants can create their own designs and henna artists will be present to apply the patterns.

Register here.

Alserkal Lates | Wednesdays | 7-11PM

Our galleries and creative concepts will stay open late every Wednesday. You can also catch one of our night tours at 8:30PM. 

Gaming night
7-11PM | A4 Space
Play video games, from modern AAA titles or childhood favourites at Calyx's gaming corner. 

Night tours
8:30PM | Meeting point: Outside of Nadi Al Quoz

A one-hour of the Avenue.
*Note: We're hosting a special curated trail on 30 May. 

Curated trail
30 May | 8:30PM | Meeting point: Outside of Nadi Al Quoz
Join art writer Laura Egerton on a curated tour of the contemporary art galleries. Learn more about the current shows from the people who run the spaces and get a new perspective on the pieces on view. 

Red Paw Foundation adoption days
7-11PM  | 
Warehouse 82
We’re teaming up with the Red Paw Foundation to help abandoned cats and dogs find new homes. 

Gallery timings for Alserkal Lates | 8-11PM

Every Wednesday, a number of galleries will stay open until 11PM to welcome visitors.

23 May
1x1 Art Gallery
Ayyam Gallery
Lawrie Shabibi
Gallery IVDE
Salsali Private Museum

30 May
Jean-Paul Najar Foundation
Carbon 12
Grey Noise
Elmarsa Gallery

6 June
The Third Line
Leila Heller
Custot Gallery
Art Jameel
d. Academy

Cinema Akil x Alserkal Avenue

Ramadan Film Programme | 23 & 30 May | 6 & 13 June | 9:30PM

Location: A4 Space Cinema Room


23 May | 9:30PM

Directed by Eliane Raheb

2016 | Lebanon | PG | Documentary | Arabic | 95 min

Al Shambouk, a high peak located in Akkar, Lebanon, is the homeland of Haykal, a Christian farmer. In this complex geographical spot a few kilometres away from Syria, Haykal decided to build a farm, and a restaurant. Each day, he deals with the dust from the neighbouring quarries, the agricultural stagnation, as well as the sectarian tensions and the political and economic repercussions of the Syrian crisis. And yet, Haykal feels he must remain in his land now more than ever. He is building his new home and defending coexistence in Lebanon with his own hands that are never too tired to work.

30 May | 9:30PM

Directed by: Roger Ross Williams

2016 | USA | PG | Documentary, Animation | English | 92 min
The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of- age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

6 June | 9:30PM

Directed by Ayman Tamano

2016 | Saudi Arabia | PG | Documentary | Arabic | 62 min
An indie found footage style film out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia written and produced by Hakeem Jomah and directed by Ayman Tamano that tells the tale of three young Saudis who set out to the notoriously haunted Madayen Saleh ruins to the far north of the Kingdom to investigate the myths and the truths behind the cursed place.

13 June | 9:30PM

Directed by: Scott Hamilton Kennedy

2016 | USA | G | Documentary | English | 92 min
Amid a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion, and confusion, FOOD EVOLUTION explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda, to the cornfields of Iowa, FOOD EVOLUTION wrestles with the emotions and the science driving both sides of one of the most heated arguments of our time. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

Community spaces

A4 Space | 10AM – 4PM (Wednesdays until 11PM | Fridays closed)
Nadi Al Quoz | 10AM – 11PM