Art Dubai and The Culture Office announced the fourth iteration of the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program – the fair’s educational program that encourages UAE-based children and teenagers aged 5 to 17 to excel in and become involved with the arts.
The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program also includes Discovery Tours for ages 5 to 17 throughout the fair, led by UAE-based artists, while an expanded schools program across Dubai accompanies the initiatives at the fair
“In partnership with Art Dubai, the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program is a key initiative for Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to further develop the arts education sector for children and teenagers in the UAE,” said Mona Bin Kalli, Director of The Cultural Office. “We are delighted to welcome Polly Brannan, who has worked extensively with children in the performing arts and provides a fresh approach that encompasses art, theatre and education.”
This year’s lead artist is UK-based Polly Brannan, brings The Mobile Variety Club to the fair. Children and their families will work together to create their own performances such as songs, comedy sketches, poetry readings, puppet shows, dances and theatre – using sets, props and visuals they have created themselves. Workshops consist of six zones where participants create their own production with the help of the lead and apprentice artists.
The 2016 program will also feature a commissioned children’s art publication by local Emirati artist Khalid Mezaina. The interactive book will be launched at the fair and is in both English and Arabic.