12th Sikka Art & Design Festival closes Dubai Art Season with record-breaking attendance

Dubai Web Desk

DUBAI, UAE: The 12th Sikka Art & Design Festival marked a significant milestone with record-breaking attendance, underscoring its pivotal role in the local and regional art scene and reaffirming its significance in enriching the cultural and artistic landscape of the emirate.

Dubai Culture proudly announced that the event, held under the umbrella of the Dubai Art Season, attracted over 162,000 visitors who immersed themselves in various artworks and masterpieces showcased across the houses within Al Shindagha Historic Neighbourhood.

Additionally, attendees actively participated in artistic performances, entertainment shows, workshops, and engaging discussion sessions throughout the 10-day festival.

This year’s edition featured the participation of over 500 artists from the UAE, GCC, and the world, presenting approximately 300 artworks showcased across 14 houses.

Each venue exhibited diverse artistic expressions, including distinctive installations, digital works, sculptures, and interactive spaces, all inspired by the festival’s theme, ‘New Creativity, Same Path.’ Additionally, eight murals adorned the Al Shindagha Historic Heighbourhood walls, characterised by their unique concepts, styles, and ability to capture the essence of Dubai’s culture, heritage, and traditions. Notable murals included ‘The Door to Pearls’ by Emirati artist Duha Al Hallami, ‘Joy Step’ by artist Maryam Rashid AlKaitoob, and ‘The Old Dubai’ mural by designers Amna Mohammed Al Saleh, Hessa Naser Sulaiman, and Lutfi Alkhanji.

The festival also presented a diverse array of 10 installations, each reflecting unique cultural experiences and contributing to the strength of Dubai’s Public Art strategy, including ‘Shera’a’ by artist AlZaina Lootah, which drew inspiration from the creek’s rich commercial heritage and Dubai’s adaptability to change; ‘Hues of Trade’ by artist Abdalla Almulla, through which he expressed the vibrancy of trade in the city; ‘Sheryan Al Hayat’ by Dr Afra Atiq; and ‘The Sea of Floating Dreams’ by Chinese artist Gary Young and Enforce one.