Everything we saw at Sikka Art and Design Platform 2024

  • Posted by: Rupashree Ravi

Get ready because the art season in Dubai has officially arrived, bringing with it a series of art festivals one after another. Starting it all off is the well-known Sikka Art and Design Festival by Dubai Culture, and there's plenty to anticipate!
From Friday, February 23 to March 3, the Sikka Art Festival, now known as Sikka Art & Design Platform, is relocating to the Al Shindagha Historical Neighborhood in Old Dubai. Against the picturesque backdrop of Dubai’s creek and the UAE’s largest heritage museum in the Al Shindagha Historic Neighborhood, the Sikka Art Festival promises to immerse you in a rich blend of art, culture, and heritage.
Now in its 12th edition, the nine-day festival will highlight emerging talent from the UAE and beyond, offering a diverse array of art installations, photography, live performances, film screenings, music, workshops, panels, food, and much more. Make sure your cameras are fully charged because if it's anything like previous editions, there will be plenty of Instagram-worthy moments.

And here's the best part: entry is free! So whether you're an art enthusiast or not, this is a festival you won't want to miss. Make plans to bring the whole family along for a memorable experience.

Some of our favourites this year were eco-friendly wall art inspired by the UAE desert created by Emirati artist Batool Alblooshi. Through her painting ‘Patience’, Emirati artist Aziza Mohammed Alhammadi expresses her own point of view on the concept of patience. Through his installation ‘Silhouettes of Shadows’, Algerian artist Boubaker Boukhari uses jewellery to weave visual narratives, creating interplays of shadow and light reminiscent of contrasts in Islamic miniatures through varied materials and techniques, while British Jessica Mai Locke's piece, ‘Floral Wall Art’, was inspired by the magic of colours.

We also enjoyed House 206's displays which included many unique pieces, including ‘Eternal Gateways’ by Abdulla Alneyadi, while artist Jassim Al Awadhi presented two works, the first is titled ‘Shadow of the Past’, characterised by its local and oriental character, and the second is ‘Garden of Hypocrisy’, in which different materials and colours are used.

Feature Image: Sikka Art and Design