Mark Your Calendar: January

A New Year  has come, I won’t ask you what your resolutions are, but where the Art event at!? There are a lot going on this month, galleries & artists are celebrating the begining of 2012 with joy, education, pleasure & more! Enough talking and starting Marking Your Calendar for January !!

1. The Ara Gallery: Light From Life

What: Five talented nature photographers from the GCC share their imagery and experiences from an expedition to New Zealand. Featuring: Abdullaziz Bin Ali, Abdulla Bin Touq, Mohammed Al Jaberi, Jamal Al Badia & Ali Al Otaibi.

When: January 17-March 3

Where: The Ara Gallery, Duabi. UAE

Don’t Miss! (LIGHT FROM LIFE ARTIST TALK) on JAN 21 @ 7pm where all 5 of the photographers will be present to discuss their photographs and experiences from New Zealand!

2. Ayyam Gallery has A Lot in January!

 The Young Collectors Auction

Shadi Ghadirian


What: The sixth edition of Ayyam Gallery Young Collectors Auction and 12thoverall auction features more than 70 lots from many of the top emerging and established artists in the Middle East such as Nadim Karam, Safwan Dahoul, Mohannad Orabi, Shadi Ghadirian, Lara Attalah & more. This forthcoming sale targets new and young collectors with estimates ranging between $1,000 and $10,000.

When: Auction: January 17 at 7pm | Viewing: January 9-16

Where: Ayyam Art Center, Dubai (Al Quoz). UAE


Impulses II by Hilda Hiary


(Determination) by Hilda Hiary


What: “Impulses II” the solo exhibition of Jordanian artist Hilda Hiary. This forthcoming event will showcase a new series of works that have been inspired by recent political upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa.

When: January 19- February 13 

Where: Ayyam Gallery Beirut, Lebanon.


3. DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theater & Art Centre)

Arabic Classical  Musics by Mohammed Hamimi & Charbel Rouhana


What: Mohamad Hamami and Sharq Orchestra are once again returning to DUCTAC with exciting guest performer Charbel Rouhana to enthral and entertain music fans of all persuasions. The show will feature captivating interpretations and unreserved performances of Arabic classics and their own compositions.

When: January 13

Where: Centrepoint Theatre, Dubai. UAE



Passions of East and West – Musical

What: Acclaimed Arab soprano Zeina Barhoum is making her DUCTAC debut performance in Passions of East and West as part of Season 2011/12. Accompanied by talented violinist and conductor Mohamad Hamami and his Oriental Ensemble, Ms. Barhoum’s repertoire promises to ignite passions in lovers of eastern and western music alike.

When: January 18

Where : Centrepoint Theatre, Dubai. UAE


Motley’s Ismat Apa Ke Naam (Play)

What: (Ismat Apa Ke Naam) is a series of three short stories by the famous Urdu writer Ismat Khanum Chughtai: (Mughal Bacche), (Chhui Muee) & (Gharwali).  The beauty of this show lies not just in the manner in which the stories are narrated by the actors but by the sheer luminosity, irony and poignancy of the stories themselves.

When: January 18 – February 6

Where: Centrepoint Theatre, Dubai. UAE



(MINE) South African Movies

What: An exhibition of films by South African artists, Mine’s title embraces both meanings of the word, referring not only to deep level mining, but also to the concept of personal ownership. The works of 18 artists have been chosen for their diversity, yet despite their obvious differences each piece sees the artist make reference to himself or herself in their work; either in person or as an actor, model, observer, interviewer or instigator.

When: January 16 – February 6

Where: Gallery of Light, Dubai. UAE


4. The Aran Gallery

What: (Blissful Artist) solo exhibition by Iranian artist Arash Hanaei.

When: January 16

Where: The Aran Gallery, Tihran. Iran


5. From France to LA With Love!

What: Painter Pierre van Dijk will feature his latest artworks in L.A. FINE ART SHOW, a “Modern & Contemporary”  show features bold and exciting work from today’s great artists and influential visionaries. Bringing together top galleries from around the world, the show creates a vibrant atmosphere that examines the present while formulating the future.

When: January 18th – 22th

Where: Los Angels Convention Centre, LA. USA


6. Collected Contemporary Carpets in Tilal Gallery

 What: An exquisite carpet exhibition which is the fruit of Aydah Merza’s travel to various countries in search of contemporary & antique carpets.

When: January 8 – 12

Where: Gallery Tilal, Kuwait.


7. Traffic

 The Market of Everything

What: Traffic hosts ‘The Market of Everything’ bringing together members of the community looking to buy sell, trade or donate anything from furniture, books, music, art, clothes, toys, cars, pets, instruments and more.

 When: January 12 – 21

Where: Traffic Center, Dubai. UAE

Don’t Miss! Throughout the week there will be a program of events running alongside the market, including a series of film screenings. For the opening on Jan 12, a ping-pong tournament from 7pm onwards, and drum circle at 7:30 & 8:30pm. To view the full schedule please refer to the Traffic website or Facebook page.



Tita Alf Marra (Movie)



What: Multi-award winning documentary hit Teta, Alf Marra (Grandma, a Thousand Times) will be filmed in Traffic Center poetic and playful documentary, celebrating the many worlds of Mahmoud Kaabour’s feisty Beiruti grandmother. Teta, Alf Marra brings together grandfather, grandmother, and grandson in a visually breath-taking magic-realist documentary that aims to defy a past death and a future one.

When: January 14 at 7 PM

Where:  Traffic Center, Dubai. UAE


8. Dar Al Athar Al Islamiya Calendar (Kuwait)

It is a very busy month at Dar Al Athar Al Islamiya cultural centers. Between music concerts, books reviews & lectures, there are plenty of choices of activities & events that you don’t want to miss.

Amiricani Cultural Center

What: Book Club (The Rumi Collection)

When: Tuesday 10 January

What: Creative Writing Workshop

When: Tuesday, January 17 , 24 & 31

Al Midan Cultural Center

What: Kenan Music Lecture

When: January 9

What: GCC Music Concert

When: January 11

What: Christian Gruber Lecture

When: January 17

What: Ali Akbar & Friends Music Concert

When: January 18

What: Yemeni Music Concert

When: January 25


I would like to thank all galleries & coordinators who cooperated with me to present a rich events list. Thank you!


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