Dubai Culture Receives Record Number of Submissions for the 8th Edition of SIKKA Art Fair 2018

The Authority is currently assessing more than 200 applications in the run-up to its flagship celebration of creative talent

  • SIKKA Art Fair is a pillar event of Dubai Art season, the Emirate’s annual city-wide celebration of arts and culture

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 January 2018: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has received a record number of submissions for the eighth edition of SIKKA Art Fair, which will be hosted from 17th to 26th March 2018 at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. The Authority’s expert judging panel is currently assessing over 200 submissions from young Emirati, UAE-based and GCC artists, an increase of 50% in the number of submissions from 2016, which is a testament to the community’s increasing interest in SIKKA year on year.

SIKKA Art Fair – Dubai Art Season’s flagship initiative – is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors Office at Dubai Culture. The contemporary, artist-led fair which offers a unique platform for regional and local emerging talent to showcase their work via a range of exciting exhibitions, art installations, workshops, film, music and performing arts.

Latifa bin Demaithan, Executive Office Manager, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Acting Director of Projects and Events at Dubai Culture, commented: “SIKKA Art Fair goes from strength to strength each year and the 2018 edition is no exception; we received more entries than ever before and during the ongoing judging process we are discovering the wealth of exciting talent that is thriving in the UAE and across the GCC. SIKKA is a key event of Art Week, which offers exposure for young talent in the arts scene. This is an important fulfilment of our mandate to nurture and celebrate local talent while also positioning Dubai as a city of happy, creative and empowered people who are proud of their cultural identities.”

Since entries opened for Sikka Art Fair 2018, the Authority has received applications from a wide range of emerging artists and artist collectives that are based in the UAE, residing in GCC countries, and working within and across the spectrums of visual arts, performing arts, music and film. The final selected artists will be notified by the end of January and the ten-day programme for SIKKA 2018 edition will be released next month.

SIKKA Art Fair complements the city-wide activation of cultural events that will take place during the fifth edition of Dubai Art Season, which will run throughout March and April 2018 and feature events such as the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Art Dubai, DIFC Art Nights and the Middle East Film & Comic Con, among hundreds of other initiatives.

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About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realization of the Dubai Plan 2021, to highlight Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embed the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people.

As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season – the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair- an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region, Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre – an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and that is celebrating its 10thanniversary in 2016, and Dubai Next – a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.

The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia ( – the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth.

Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in support of the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Libraries branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative which complements the UAE National Reading Strategy, with its activities open to all age groups, and which revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future.

The Authority also manages more than 16 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture officially launched Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum provides platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), the museums will play a catalyst role in preserving Emirati Heritage.

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