The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to join forces with the Jameel Art Centre and Alserkal Avenue across Dubai from 29th January to 13th February, 2021.
Embracing literature, art, film, food, and performance, the Festival is being held under the theme ‘Change the Story’. Commencing on 29th January at Jameel Arts Centre, the Festival will conclude on Saturday 13th February at Alserkal Avenue.
The first weekend of the Emirates LitFest at the Jameel Arts Centre, taking place 29th-30th January, will offer a weekend of talks, workshops, masterclasses and literary-themed exhibitions linking art, popular culture, and literature against the backdrop of Dubai’s contemporary arts museum and Sculpture Park.
This will be followed by the big Festival weekend at the InterContinental Festival City, from 4th-6th February, where audiences can enjoy more than 80 diverse sessions, workshops and performances featuring writers of every genre from the different parts of the world.
The third and final weekend of the Emirates LitFest concludes at the Alserkal Avenue on 12th-13th February. The last weekend will feature a community celebration of film, food, creativity, and all things literary.
Ahlam Bolooki, Festival Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, said, “This has been a difficult year for all of us, particularly the creative sector, which is facing unprecedented challenges. We want to work with our partners and friends to ensure our creative communities continue to thrive. Bringing the LitFest magic to these three fantastic venues across Dubai allows them to reach new audiences while extending our Festival’s reach, bridging the gap between art, creativity and literature.”
Antonia Carver, Director of Art Jameel, said, “Jameel Arts Centre is a contemporary arts museum but the written word has always been at its core — through our publishing programme, the Jameel Library, book clubs and research and writing commissions. Art Jameel’s approach has always been interdisciplinary and, by supporting the Literature Festival this year, we are able to bring to the forefront our shared interests in creative writing, reading and the Arabic language. We are so looking forward to bringing together the arts and literary communities to celebrate creativity in all its forms, at the Jameel and in the adjacent Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park.”
Vilma Jurkute, Director of Alserkal, said, “Alserkal’s long-standing commitment to scholarship, artistic production and research is grounded in collective thinking and the collaborative strength of our polyphonic communities to pioneer unconventional ways of thinking. As a catalyst for ideas for more than a decade, we have delivered our public promise through forward-thinking, year-round cultural productions that serve as a platform for creative expression in all its forms. We look forward to expanding our programme to welcome a weekend of thought-provoking discussions and presentations in celebration of the spoken and written word, in partnership with Emirates Literature Festival.”
The Festival will be fully compliant with all COVID-19 precautionary measures and regulations from health authorities. Observing social distancing measures across all three venues will be paramount, along with regulations such as mandatory masks and temperature checks.