Al Burda Festival

The Al Burda Festival is an initiative of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development to celebrate Islamic art and culture.

The Festival is an international platform for Islamic art and culture. Through a program of talks, performances and exhibitions, the Al Burda Festival will gather creative leaders and personalities from around the globe to collaborate, exchange insights, and share ideas. The event seeks to engage and inspire younger generations with a deeper connection to their cultural identity, strengthening the position of Islamic culture in the future.

While paying tribute to traditional forms of Islamic art, the Festival will explore how artists transform conventional techniques using innovative materials and approaches. By blending the past with the present, the event will extend the boundaries of innovation to renew the appreciation and spirit of Islamic culture.

The Festival will announce the winners of the 15th annual Al Burda Award for achievement in the traditional Islamic arts at NYU Abu Dhabi.

The Festival will also name the recipients of the inaugural Al Burda Festival Endowment. The Al Burda Festival Endowment seeks to expand the reach of Islamic culture by recognizing creative pioneers who embrace experimentation in their approach to Islamic art and culture. The Endowment will recognize ten artists who will be involved in various activities throughout 2019 and 2020.

Program

The Al Burda Festival will host a global conversation on the future of Islamic art. The program below highlights the presentations, performances, and exhibitions that will be on show.

Plenary

Plenary sessions provide a snapshot of the most transformative ideas shaping the future of Islamic art and culture, and supply the conceptual framework for other conversations taking place during the Al Burda Festival.

Ideas Lounge

The Ideas Lounge sessions explore topics related to the intersection of innovation with Islamic art and culture in a conversation format.

Masterclass

Limited to 30 people, masterclasses are skill-enhancing sessions provided by experts.  Masterclasses focus on how technology may shape the future of a particular discipline of Islamic art and culture.

Workshop

Workshops are facilitated training sessions held in collaborative environments.  Workshops offer their audience the possibility to explore new challenges related to experimentation in Islamic art and culture.

Live Performance

Throughout the day, some of the most accomplished musicians and artists from the region will perform on our outdoor stage.

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Speakers

The Al Burda Festival will welcome some of the most esteemed personalities in Islamic arts and culture from the region and abroad to host dialogues on the future of Islamic art.

H.E. Dr. Ines Abdel-Dayem

Minister of Culture, Egypt

H.E. Noura Al Kaabi

Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE

H.E. Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa

Director General, Bahrain Authority for Culture, Bahrain

H.E. Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi

Assistant Undersecretary, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

Founding Director, Khatt Foundation, Netherlands

Ahmed Al Ali

Co-Founder, X Architects, UAE

Farid A. Al-Ali

Chairman, Kuwait Islamic Art Center, Kuwait

Becky Anderson

Managing Editor, CNN Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ahmad Angawi

Associate Director, Al Makmad Foundation, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Sami Angawi

Founder and Director of Hajj Research Centre, Saudi Arabia

Giovanni Fontana Antonelli

Architect and Senior Consultant, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Italy

Gabo Arora

Filmmaker and Co-founder/Creative Director, TomorrowNeverKnows, USA

Manal Ataya

Director General, Sharjah Museums Authority, UAE

Antonia Carver

Director, Art Jameel, UAE

Salma Al Darmaki

Minister’s Advisor, MCKD, UAE

Dr. Lisa DeLong

Outreach and Harmony Programme Manager, The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, UK

Farrokh Derakhshani

Director, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Switzerland

Touria El Glaoui

Founding Director, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, UK

Ruba Al Hassan

Senior Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE

Anissa Helou

Chef, Food Writer, Journalist, Broadcaster, Consultant and Blogger, UK

Abdulaziz Al-Hemely

Musical Director for the Kuwait Sea Sport Club, Kuwait

Hussa Al Humaidi

Partner and Knowledge Director, Nuqat, Kuwait

Riyad Joucka

Architect, Entrepreneur, Researcher and Founder, Middle East Architecture Network (MEAN) and Middle East Architecture Lab (MEAL), UAE

Vilma Jurkute

Director of Alserkal Avenue, UAE

Mona Khazindar

Member, General Authority for Culture, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Henry S. Kim

Director and CEO, Aga Khan Museum, Canada

Adrian Lahoud

Curator, Sharjah Architecture Triennial, UAE and Dean of the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, UK

Lisa Ball-Lechgar

Deputy Director, Tashkeel, UAE

Yasmin Hayat Maksousa

Project Assistant, Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, UK

Dr. Ahmed Mater

Director, MiSK Art Institute, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Ghazi Al Mulaifi

Musician, Ethnomusicologist, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Music, The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait

Mina Al Oraibi

Editor in Chief, The National, UAE

Sayjel Patel

Assistant Professor, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, UAE

Dr. Venetia Porter

Assistant Keeper, Department of the Middle East, British Museum, UK

Sheikh Salem Faisal Al Qassimi

Founder, Fikra Designs and Fikra Campus, UAE

Sara Raza

Curator and Critic, USA

George Richards

Head of Heritage Art Jameel, Saudi Arabia

Khalid Shafar

Product Designer, UAE

Marina Tabassum

Principal Architect and 2016 Aga Khan Award Winner for Architecture, Bangladesh

Idries Trevathan

Curator, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), Saudi Arabia

Dr. Deniz Turker

Research and Outreach Associate, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies (CIS), Lecturer, University of Cambridge, UK

Yousif Yaseen

Singer, Guitarist and Composer, Nuqat, Kuwait

Majid Al Yousef

Calligrapher, Typographer and Designer, UAE

Roxane Zand

Deputy Chairman, Middle East and Gulf Region, Sotheby’s, UK

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Partners

The Al Burda Festival is pleased to collaborate with the following Partners for its inaugural edition. Together with the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the Al Burda Partners will foster new thinking and encourage creative initiatives, and position the UAE as a thought leader in Islamic art and culture.

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Artists & Installations

The Festival will present innovative installations and performances by creatives across a variety of cultural disciplines.

Festival Installations

Lulwah Al Homoud

Lulwah Al Homoud’s intricate geometric patterns are based on the Arabic alphabet, using the forms of language to communicate a positive emotional experience.

Gabo Arora

Understanding Sufism, by its very nature, is experiential.

DIDI

The installation present the Islamic art and cultural in the region through a 3D printed chandelier, and the representation of the weaving culture through hanging strings.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture

The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme (HCP) through its projects, seeks to be a catalyst to improve quality of life by activating culture as a springboard for economic and social development.

Performances

Mazen El-Bagir

Oud player and composer, Sudan

Karim Jabbari

Calligraphy and Light Artist, Tunisia

Wafa Emad

Singer, Egypt

Yousif Yaseen

Singer, Guitarist and Composer, Kuwait

Al Burda Festival Endowment

The Al Burda Festival Endowment seeks to expand the reach of Islamic culture by recognizing creative pioneers who embrace experimentation in their approach to Islamic art and culture. In its inaugural edition, the Endowment will recognize ten artists who will be involved in various activities throughout 2019 and 2020.

The Endowment is distributed biannually to artists who explore Islamic art practices and continue to work towards the interpretation and reinterpretation of Islamic art and culture in their works.