Ras Al Khaimah Fine Art Festival

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Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival

The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival was established in March 2013 through an initiative of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research. An integral part of the Al Qasimi Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the cultural development of Ras Al Khaimah, and the Fine Arts Festival is part of this effort.

The Festival is a nonprofit initiative designed to showcase the talent and work of local artists, photographers, and filmmakers in a community setting. It brings together individuals from across the UAE and around the globe to celebrate art and support the development of the arts in Ras Al Khaimah. To this end, the annual Festival showcases the creative spirit of both Emirati and expatriate artists in a variety of categories.

The Festival has grown every year since it was launched in significant ways – including the quality and quantity of submissions, breadth of programming, and patron attendance. What initially began as a three-day festival in 2013 has grown to two-weeks of programmed events and a six-week visual arts exhibition. The newest chapter in the Festival’s history was launched in 2019 to much acclaim with a successful large-scale, outdoor exhibition in Al Jazeera Al Hamra Old Town, which was modelled after La Gacilly Photo Festival in France. As it looks to the future, the Festival aims to provide new surprises that continue to inspire and promote the arts in meaningful ways.

2020 Festival Theme: Connected Communities

The eighth edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival will celebrate Connected Communities. Built around shared spaces and commonalities, communities imply genuine connection. Yet what does community mean in an increasingly globalized, technology-driven world? Through this theme, the Festival seeks to explore the many ways people build relationships with others, their surrounding environments, and the natural world. It offers an opportunity to consider past, present, and future while questioning the extent to which intimacy and sense of place can actually be scaled. Through art in all its forms, the Festival hopes to bring to life the many profound ways we experience community and the collective power they have for shaping our small, respective corners of the globe.

Key Dates 

The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival will return for its eighth edition celebrating the theme of Connected Communities February 1 – March 31, 2020.
Grand Opening activities will take place the weekend of January 30/February 1, 2020.

Join us for the Festival’s large-scale visual arts and sculpture exhibition in Al Jazeera Al Hamra Old Town, outdoor film screenings, community art workshops, and school education programs. More information on the schedule and activities will be available closer to the Festival.

Submissions are open until August 31st 2019

Submission Guidlines are available here: https://www.rakfinearts.ae/submission-guidelines

To apply, please visit: https://www.rakfinearts.ae/submit-now

For more details, please visit the Festival website: www.rakfinearts.ae

Thank you for sharing your talent with our community. We look forward to receiving your submissions!