Art Nights @ Gate Village Sheds Light on the Evolving Art Scene in DIFC and the UAEPress Release19 Oct 2011 02:19 pm
Marking the start of Dubai’s new season of art-related events, the much anticipated return of DIFC’s Art Nights @ Gate Village was held last Wednesday, attracting hundreds of the UAE’s art enthusiasts. Aimed at highlighting the significant role that DIFC Gate Village holds in the development of the arts and culture of the UAE, Art Nights presented a diverse programme of events combining elements of art, music, film and design.
The event offered a relaxed setting in which visitors encountered all that DIFC has to offer as one of the city’s most popular centres. Art Nights also showcased a wide range of talent, emphasizing the great extent to which art has become essential to the Dubai experience.
Sponsored by Barclays Premier and supported by DIFC, Art Nights presented several new exhibitions, viewings and performances organised by the growing number of art spaces in the Gate Village. Of note were a special preview of Christie’s upcoming auction highlights and the exclusive unveiling of public sculpture by Art Dubai.
In support of local talent, Art Nights had asked award-winning artist Fathima Mohiuddin to execute live painting in front of the windows of the recently opened boutique health club, u energy. Visitors were also able to view a unique display of hand-painted wearable art dresses by the fashion line NOOSH.
The evening was complimented by singer/songwriter Hamdan Al Abri’s performance of his celebrated music.
Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO, DIFC Authority, said: “In addition to being the region’s leading financial hub, DIFC is committed to contributing to the rapidly evolving arts industry in the UAE. Hosting the Art Nights @ Gate Village reaffirms our commitment and showcases the breadth of the growing arts and cultural scene within the Centre”.
Maitha Al Falasi, Acting Director, Art and Culture, DIFC Authority, said: “With a wide range of art shows by world-class galleries and artists, Art Nights @ Gate Village delivered on its promise to be a captivating cultural experience that will appeal to art enthusiasts throughout the UAE.”
Dina Amin, Head of Premium Banking and Digital Channels at Barclays UAE, said: “We are pleased to support the Art Nights @ Gate Village initiative that focuses on the development of arts and culture talent in the UAE. Our sponsorship of this exciting event builds on Barclays’ global reputation of supporting the communities in which we operate. Through partnerships such as Art Nights we are pleased to be an enabler of arts and cultural events in our communities.”
Guests of the free public event were invited to enjoy complimentary canapés provided by DIFC retailer, mOre Cafe.