A year-long program focused on empowering emerging creators and the local community
Ras Al Khaimah Art launches new identity from the heart of Dubai
Part of the exhibition hosted by Sancken Garden in the Dubai International Financial Centre. Emirates Today
Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival announced its new identity for 2024, titled "Ras Al Khaimah Art", through its first event yesterday at an art exhibition hosted by Sankin's Garden at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre.
The new Hilla features an updated year-long programme to explore new talent and develop emerging creations and artists in the UAE through a series of educational meetings, training workshops and various events that celebrate creators and provide meaningful experiences for local and international guests and visitors. The exhibition will be accompanied by a collection of special jewellery designed by the wife of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikha Hana bint Juma Al Majid, from The Great Gatsby, created by Tiffany & Co. International, as well as works by Emirati photographers Faisal Al Rais and Nowair Al Hajri, and Emirati designer Mohammed Rashid Al Suwaidi's exclusive collection of carved shell jewellery.
Dr. Natasha Ridge, Executive Director of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, told Emarat Al Youm: "Since the festival's inception years ago, we have been enriching the festival's objectives in upgrading the local art scene by developing its activities to accommodate the largest number of skills development programs, public forums, live performances and engaging a larger number of local and international artistic experiences."
Expansion and development
On the participation of the Department of Antiquities and Museums in Ras Al Khaimah in the festival, its Director General Ahmed Obaid Al Tunaiji confirmed to "Emirates Today": "We are in fact major participants of the Sheikh Saud Foundation for Policy Research and the organizers of the Ras Al Khaimah Visual Arts Festival since its inception, and we have been one of the main supporters of this event." The Department, in cooperation with several institutions and entities, to develop and restore the "Red Island" heritage village and develop many new and modern services that elevate the experience of the festival and dazzle its visitors and the public in its new session soon.
Emirati artist and photographer Faisal Al Rayes did not hide his enthusiasm for the new look that the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival returns under the umbrella of Ras Al Khaimah Art, praising the contents of the festival and its diverse artistic programs, which the organizers began with this inaugural exhibition, saying, "The artist's fame starts from his country and our governments, praise be to God, aware of this role, and fully aware of the needs and aspirations of young people and spares no effort in accommodating the category of creative among them, supporting and guiding them, and providing them with opportunities that allow them to complete their journey towards success."
Artistic and moral value
Emirati artist and photographer Nowair Al Hajri, who is participating for the third time in a row in the festival, expressed her happiness with the presentation of two new photographic works, "Falcon Look".
"The mere fact that I participate as an Emirati artist among a group of diverse international artistic experiences in the field of photography, is a cause for pride and pride, as it is a golden opportunity for me to discover different artistic experiences, interact with their owners and acquire more skills."
The new edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Art Festival, scheduled for Al Jazeera Al Hamra Heritage Village in February 2024, combines tradition and modernity through artistic performances by more than 90 artists, in addition to educational lessons, live performances and youth skills development programs.