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Ras Al Khaimah Art 2024 Festival will officially open to the public on February 2nd at 9pm, at the Al Jazeera Al Hamra Heritage Village.

Part of the Ras Al Khaimah Art, the year-long cultural initiative nurturing existing and emerging talent, the festival is curated by the award-winning Alfio Tommasini, and embraces the theme of ‘In Motion’.

This edition is set to be an immersive and sensory cultural experience for visitors, bridging heritage and modernity with a curated display of over 100 different artists, as well as inspiring masterclasses, public talks and live performances.

“In Motion challenges the concept of a new “normal” and beckons you to embrace the constant evolution of our diverse world,’ says Tommasini. ‘From generative AI and NFTs to space journeys and environmental movements, our Festival celebrates and critiques the power of motion and change, bringing together a variety of artforms whilst stimulating dialogue between artists, authors, creatives and the community.”

New for 2024 is the addition of The Souq, a contemporary art exhibition and market featuring artists and craftspeople from around the world.

Alfio Tommasini

Another key addition this year is Ephemeral Whispers, a mesmerizing kinetic art installation on the Fort tower, symbolizing unity, and the dynamic nature of human interactions in response to the exhibition theme In Motion and the Al Jazeera Al Hamra Heritage Village history. The fabric installation blends contemporary and traditional materials from diverse cultures, suspended like tapestries, serving as visual metaphors for the rich heritage and experiences facilitated by marketplaces throughout history.

The 12th edition of the festival will also host a series of interactive experiences and live performances. Visitors can enjoy artistic workshops, from wire knitting and resin ocean art to photography and ceramics, or enjoy dynamic musical experiences, stand-up comedy, and other artistic performances with Live Performance Saturdays.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions on culture, innovation, and sustainability with a six-part speaker series and enjoy a diverse array of screenings with Friday Film Nights, featuring thought-provoking documentaries and captivating narratives from award-winning directors.

Foodies will also be well catered for with the return of award-winning cultural heritage dining experience Antica Australis. Featuring specially curated four-course set menus starring local organic produce from Ras Al Khaimah, Australian native ingredients and Emirati flavors, Antica Australis will present a limited series of lunch and dinner events over three weekends during the Festival from Saturday 3 to Sunday 18 February 2024.

There’s something for pet owners and animal lovers too - a dedicated Pet-Friendly Weekend from 9 – 11 February. Owners can participate in special events and workshops including pet collar/harness art, pottery nametag painting, pet photography and pet fashion shows taking place throughout the weekend.

For details, visit rakart.ae