7 entertaining things to do at Sikka Dubai
A 3D portrait of yourself? Check. A life-sized puppet? Check. Painting with light? Check.
The Sikka Art Fair is not just for art-lovers. If you’re a fan of creativity, fun, or just good music, you’re bound to find something to interest you in the 11-day program. The fair, which showcases an array of works by UAE-based artists, will take place until March 24 in the historic Al Fahidi Neighborhood in Bur Dubai. Sikka, meaning “alleyway” in Arabic, is part of the Dubai Art Season, a city-wide showcase of culture and arts aimed at promoting Dubai as an international hub for art. It is held yearly by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority from March 14 to April 15. 1. Create a life-sized puppet: Call us childish, but we’re huge fans of this idea! The Ginormous Puppets workshop in the Animation Chamber allows you to create your own life-sized puppet on Friday 18 from 4 to 6pm. 2. Paint with light: Surely we’re not the only ones excited about this bit, because it sounds amazing. It allows you to air-paint with light and capture it on slow-sync camera. Think of it this way: it will make a great picture on your Instagram. The workshop also takes place at the Animation Chamber on Friday 18 from 7 to 9pm. 3. Create a 3D portrait of yourself: Count us in on this one too. Artists Sara Berti & Vishna Martinez from the Alserkal Cultural Foundation will teach visitors how to create their own 3D portraits using the 3Doodler 3D printing pen. This will take place in House 13 on Thursday March 24 from 4 to 6pm. 4. Listen to an Emirati cellist: The UAE’s only Emirati cellist, Elham, will be performing alongside two classical musicians on Friday 18 from 9 to 9:30pm. 5. The School of Paris: If you’re a fan of the original small works by famous artists like Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Braque, and Dali, you can see them at 'The School of Paris' exhibition in The Majlis Gallery. 6. Make your own glass, ornaments, etc: CHOCHOMA’s “Make your own object” workshop allows you to create your own glass object, ornaments, tumbler, paperweight, or sculptures every day from 2 to 8:30pm. This is a great personalised gift idea if somebody’s birthday is around the corner. 7. Oil painting: You will never know the peace that painting makes you feel until you actually experience it – or at least, that’s how it is for us. If you’re interested in oil painting, the Architectural Heritage Society allows you to paint on a big canvas with the supervision and assistance of a professional artist. This takes place daily from 4 to 9pm.