6 October 2023–8 October 2023

Festival X


Experience a convergence of art and technology, from 6-8 October 2023.⁠

Starts 6 October 2023

Ends 8 October 2023

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Festival X is an interdisciplinary platform intersecting Arts, Science, and Technology, to develop a media arts community in Dubai, UAE.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is characterised by cultural diversity, where tradition and modernity, as well as regional circumstances and global dynamics, intersect in a unique way. These circumstances have led to a special ecosystem in which people and their culture, tools, and relationship with nature form a special alliance. This relationship is the result of specific existential conditions and has created a logical connection between tradition, innovation, and vision that is not evident in the same way in other parts of the world. The ability to defy and adapt to circumstances has become an everyday routine and an important part of the cultural identity.

This raises the question of how this complex life situation can be artistically reflected and what artistic forms of expression and tools can emerge from it.

About the exhibition

In the exhibition ‘From the past we love, to the future we need’, we encounter not only an innovative form of art but also artworks that address the major challenging questions of our time and offer alternative, prototypical solutions beyond mere criticism. Sustainability, coexistence, and collaboration will be defining concepts, as well as the role we, as humans, assume and the role we want to assign to technology. It explores where we position ourselves in nature, the significance we give to nature itself, and ultimately how this affects the nature of humans and human existence.

Discover the full Festival X programme details here