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Art and technology in mix as Art Dubai 2023 reveal colourful plan




The famous Art Dubai will return for its 16th staging in March 2023 with details of the programme and partnerships announced on Thursday.

After easing back from the Covid-19 pandemic last year, an expanded programme this year will feature an ambitious and multi-strand conference, talks and education programme, reinforcing Dubai as a significant contributor to global conversations about contemporary art.

It will be held at Madinat Jumeirah from March 3-5 with previews on the first two days of the month. There will be site-specific commissions and premieres by renowned international artists, presented in partnership with the region’s leading institutions.

The Artist Commissions for 2023 are themed around food, community, celebration and hope, with artists selected from participating Art Dubai galleries and South Asia’s leading institutions. A new initiative, NEXT, will encourage the interdisciplinary exploration of megatrends across the arts, science and technology.

Also debuting at the fair will be UAE First Immersion, a presentation of new artworks produced following the November 2022 visit to the UAE by some leading names in digital art.

The exhibit will be part of the expanded second edition of Art Dubai Digital, which will feature collaborations with various organisations pioneering new institutional models, including Lian Foundation and 6529’s Open Metaverse project.

Swiss wealth management group Julius Baer, which has renewed its association with Art Dubai as lead partner until 2027, will premiere a newly commissioned artwork by Refik Anadol, the new media artist and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence.

Celebrating its 10th edition, Campus Art Dubai, Art Dubai’s flagship professional development initiative, will expand to incorporate placements with local partners, including Alserkal Avenue and Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai and 421, an Abu Dhabi-based emerging artists platform. With 421, the fair will present a new group exhibition curated by UAE-based artist and researcher Dania Al Tamimi.

Art Dubai 2023 will be held in the first week of March at Madinat Jumeirah. Supplied

The 16th edition of Art Dubai’s celebrated transdisciplinary conference Global Art Forum, commissioned by Shumon Basar, will explore the theme “Predicting the Present” and consider the central question: if it’s the end of history and the end of the future, what happens next?

The fair’s 2023 conference programme will expand to include the first Dubai edition of Christie’s Art+Tech summit.

The summit brings together regional and global leaders, innovators, artists, and visionaries to foster meaningful dialogues on the intersection of Art and Technology.

The sixth iteration of the summit—and the first in the region—will survey tech trends, hear from artists incorporating tech in their practices, and explore current and future challenges and opportunities.

Highlighting the role played by collectors and philanthropists in developing the region’s cultural infrastructure, Art Dubai 2023 will include a series of high-level Collector and Modern Talks, presented in partnership with Dubai Collection, the first institutional art collection in the city.

Benedetta Ghione, Art Dubai’s Executive Director, said: “Art Dubai has always tried to reframe what an art fair can be. This year’s expanded programme fully reflects our role as a meeting point for the region’s commercial and not-for-profit creative industries. As an innovative public-private partnership, we have been an incubator of talent, a catalyst for the creative economy here in Dubai, a convener of great minds, and an entry point to this vibrant ecosystem for the wider cultural sector.”

Pablo del Val, Art Dubai’s Artistic Director, said: “The 2023 programme fully reflects this region’s growing importance, energy and vibrancy. One of our strongest ever gallery line-ups, complemented by an expanded commissioning and thought-leadership programme, highlights the breadth of discourse happening here and offers a glimpse into this important region’s past, present and future.”

Art Dubai 2023 will present over 120 participants from more than 40 countries and six continents across four gallery sections: Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba and Art Dubai Digital.

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Sunidhi Chauhan is going the single way in early 2023 around IIFA




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Sunidhi Chauhan is planning to release a music single early next year, the popular singer has revealed exclusively to Winner of two Filmfare awards, Chauhan would not disclose any more or even the fact whether it will coincide with the IIFA Rocks awards while be held in Abu Dhabi on February 9-11.

The singer spoke to us amid a hectic schedule of promoting the IIFA Rocks well in advance and her other commitments. Last week, Indian singer Sunidhi Chauhan took part and entertained in a political rally titled ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, translating into a mission to unite India in an attempt by opposition party Congress.

Just 39, and singing for more than two decades, the country and her fans worldwide are united in the opinion that she is a world-class talent who has managed to hold on to her own with the passage of time. And she will head to the UAE capital where the IIFA awards will be held for a second successive year. The event is held away from India as much as possible to celebrate the achievers of Bollywood with fans worldwide.

Sunidhi Chauhan will perform at the IIFA Awards 2023 in February at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

No less than Lata Mangeshkar, the recently departed ‘Nightingale of India’, picked Chauhan as the most versatile singer in the contemporary period. “I am honoured and humbled that Lataji thought so for me. I think I am learning and still have so much to do. Every day, I am trying to explore different avenues and different styles in my singing. I hope I can keep doing that while staying grounded for my fans,” the melody queen said in an exclusive interview.

Her address to the fans is not new. She learned to talk the talk long back, after hastening headlong into a doomed early love marriage at 18 – a result of a one-year relationship with aspiring filmmaker Bobby Khan which nearly derailed her career before it began.

Be it a peppy item song number or a melodious track, Chauhan is adept and has rendered hits like Mast, Beedi, Dhoom Machale, Sheila ki Jawaani, and many more to Saami Saami as late as last year. But she prefers to be tight-lipped on what songs will she line up at the IIFA Rocks.

But she almost lets the cat slip out of the bag on any big projects in the pipeline, similar the international collaboration she did with Enrique Iglesias in 2011 and it has been a long time. “You will hear about something major soon early next year. It has been a long time since I have done a single. I don’t remember when I did that, honestly. So I am excited about and you will hear about it very soon.”

Chauhan has been ruling roost in an industry which has seen many changes and many singers rising on the scene in recent years. “I practice my craft every day,” she says on how she has managed to stay relevant and on her daily routine as an established singer. “The demands on my time means that it is not at a fixed time of the day or in the early hours, so I have adapted. Now I practice while I am driving or going from one place to another. But I agree times have changed and we have to adapt.”

Usually, most B-town celebrities prefer Dubai, but asked for her most favourite moment in the UAE, the private personality said she had a “very good time when she last came here for a vacation in Yas Island”, ironically, the venue of IIFA Rocks. The event will be hosted by Karan Johar and Farah Khan, who also hosted the 2022 IIFA Awards as well with Aparshakti Khurrana and Maneish Paul.

“I had recently been to Abu Dhabi for a vacation,” Chauhan said. “I had a blast, so I am looking forward to returning there. I have been a part of IIFA before. Wherever it is held, it is a great platform for singers to catch up and mix with people from different cultures and the music industry. It will be great to see fans from all over the world, who buy tickets and come to watch us. There will be other artists and we should have a gala time performing.”

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Homeopathy is all the rage now. According to the World Health Organization, Homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine followed and is widely accepted all over the world and has been so, for more than 200 years. Specifically, to the UAE, Homeopathy was legally regulated in 2002 with an initial test batch of practitioners. From this humble start, Homeopathy now has a place in most medical centers in the UAE. Dr Rozina Baig Zaheer, Homeopathic practitioner at Zia medical centre, and the Convenor for the Remedium 4.0 says, “UAE is a home to diversities, cultures, beliefs and traditions where people have their perspective towards a lifestyle they adopt and the same applies when it comes to acceptance of a specific Health care system as well”.
With a storied history in the UAE, it’s no wonder that the fourth International Homeopathy Conference will be held at Swissotel Al Murooj, Dubai, on November 20th, 2022. Dr Alphonse Dsouza, President of IHMA UAE and the Conference Chairman says, “The purpose of hosting this international conference in the UAE is to firstly, celebrate the successful journey of two decades of Homeopathy in the UAE. We chose UAE because it’s growing as a hub in Healthcare and has acquired a prominent place in the healthcare map over the years. It’s very important for us healthcare workers & providers to come together to promote the healthcare system we practice as a part of this revolution in the medical field.”

The Speakers for the Conference are renowned Homeopathic practitioners Dr. Saptarshi Banerjee from Kolkata and Prof. Dr. Mansoor Ali from Kozhikode, Kerala who would be highlighting the scope of Homeopathy in Dermatology. Homeopathy’s popularity and acceptance have been driven by the fact that it treats the root problems, is cost-effective, available Over-The-Counter, and can be used alongside allopathy or traditional medicines without many side effects.
Dr Rashni Vijeth, homeopathic practitioner at Ayurmana Center, and an active member in the organising committee IHMA-UAE, says that ever since the Ministry of Health and Prevention approved the practice of Homeopathy in the UAE, Homeopathy has not only grown popular among South Asians alone but also amongst the Emiratis and Arab expats. However, Homeopathy still comes with scepticism when it comes to its acceptance among the masses and is overshadowed by its myths and realities. Despite this, it is a science whose scope has been undermined, yet it has been evolving and strengthening its roots as a popular choice.

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Bollywood star Ranveer Singh is all set to dazzle at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi with his electrifying performance for the prestigious IIFA Awards next year! Ranveer, who is the Brand Ambassador of Yas Island, will deliver a never seen before onstage performance at the 23rd edition of IIFA Awards at the magnificent Etihad Arena in 2023. Ranveer is regarded as the undisputed best live performer of his generation and the energy is set to be off the scale when he takes the stage at the IIFA awards night.

This already popular & high-demand event, the IIFA awards and weekend, will return to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on February 10th and 11th, 2023. IIFA is the world’s biggest celebration of Indian cinema and it is set to bring together the very best in music and entertainment under one roof. Ranveer Singh, who has become the cultural ambassador of India given his soaring popularity the world over, will give audiences attending the IIFA Awards at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, a performance that they will never forget.

Talking about the event Ranveer Singh says, “I’m excited to be headlining IIFA again with a performance that hopefully will be memorable to all those attending it. I’m thrilled for this one because I will be performing at Yas Island, my home away from home. As the Brand Ambassador for such a spectacular destination, I cannot wait to showcase the island to my friends from the industry, as well as to those attending this event as an audience. I’m anticipating the most incredible IIFA experience to date at Yas because I know it will be epic in every way possible! The grandiose global event will take place at the Middle East’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue, Etihad Arena, part of Yas Bay Waterfront on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

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