Dubai: Dhai Dubai, the first-ever Emirati-led light art festival, has unveiled its 10-day program at Expo City Dubai.
Through many breathtaking artistic projections, interactive installations, thought-provoking lectures, and innovative workshops, the event honors the rich artistic tapestry of Emirati culture.
The festival, which is free to attend and runs from January 26 to February 4, was designed and coordinated by Expo City Dubai with assistance from AGB Creative and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
The launch was attended by Dr. Saeed Mubarak bin Kharbash, CEO of Dubai Culture’s Arts Literature Sector, the curators, Amna Abulhoul, Executive Creative Director at Expo City Dubai, and Anthony Bastic AM, CEO and Executive Creative Director at AGB Creative.
The festival will help provide light lanterns to the Agusan Marsh floating villages in the Philippines. Additionally, attendees of the festival will have the chance to commit to supporting Liter of Light’s work in India, Kenya, the Philippines, and Cameroon.
Through several eye-catching installations, the festival also invites guests to engage with the art in addition to simply immersing themselves in it. As part of the festival’s people-powered activities, skating turns into an art form at the Speed of Light skate park by XDubai, elevated by illustrations from prominent Emirati artist, Aysha Al Hamrani.
Saeed Mubarak Kharbash Al Marri stated that, “The inaugural Dhai Dubai light art festival is a welcome addition to Dubai’s expanding creative economy. We encourage visitors to explore the artists’ diverse perspectives on the city, its landscapes and its values. This enlightening cultural experience reflects Dubai Culture’s efforts to support creatives’ efforts to reflect the emirate’s creative identity, values, and heritage.”