Saturday, 3 March 2012

Sharmilas Annual Dance Show

Date: Apr 2012 (TBC)
Sharmilas Annual Dance Show, held at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, brings together over 160 dancers of all ages for a dancing extravaganza. Watch them performing passionate Latino, soul, Indian and hip hop moves.
Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

UAE Desert Challenge

UAE Desert Challenge
Date: Mar - Apr 2012 (TBC)
The UAE Desert Challenge in Dubai is a rally across some of the most dramatic and demanding terrain. Drivers from all over the world race their cars, trucks and motorbikes on a thrilling journey through the desert.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai International Boat Show
Date: 13 - 17 Mar 2012
The largest of its kind in the Middle East, Dubai International Boat Show is a classic showcase of leisure boats, marine equipment and service. Trade and private visitors browse the luxury display at Dubai International Marine Club.
Dubai International Marine Club, PO BOX 24883, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai International Jazz Festival kywards Dubai International Jazz Festival

Offering quality music and spectacular performances, the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival attracts more than 25,000 visitors every year. Since its first edition in 2002, the festival has been held at Dubai Media City.
Dubai Media City, Dubai Media City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Shopping Festival

Date: 5 Jan - 5 Feb 2012
Dubai is currently the hot place to shop, and the best time for shopaholics is during the huge, sprawling Dubai Shopping Festival. Reductions are offered across a vast range of must-haves, from jewellery to fashion, electrical goods and carpets.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai film fest announces 2012 edition

DUBAI - The ninth Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) will be held from December 9 to 16, 2012, announced on Sunday at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
The festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, recorded strong growth in 2011 across parameters including number of films, number of premieres, number of Arab films, capacity, attendance at galas, sales, admissions, industry activity and the number and quality of industry and media delegates.
Additionally more than four of the Diff 2011-supported films, including Death for Sale by Morocco’s Faouz Bensaidi, Diff-award winner The Last Friday by Jordan’s Yahya Alabdallah, “Gate #5” by Lebanon’s Simon El Habre and “The Rif Lover” by Morocco’s Narjiss Nejjar are currently at the 62nd Berlinale, one of the world’s leading festivals.
The latter three films were supported by the Dubai Film Market’s post-production support programme, Enjaaz; the first by its co-production market, Dubai Film Connection. Other films screened at Diff, including Egypt’s ½ Revolution and Palestine’s Cinema Jenin, are also included in the festival’s Panorama, Forum or European Film Market sections, highlighting Diff’s success in developing its talent.
As part of its commitment to nurturing talent, the festival also awarded more than US$600,000 to filmmakers from the UAE, the Arab world, Asia and Africa via its competitions, in addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars in co-production  and post-production support to Arab filmmakers via its Dubai Film Market

Persian International Film Festival

28.02.2012 - This weekend, the inaugural Persian International Film Festival took place in Sydney, Australia, creating a unique local showcase for films from Iran, Dubai, Afghanistan and Tajikistan – nations that share the same Persian language, history and heritage. The four-day event brought large audiences from the local Persian communities as well as fans of world cinema to the Dendy Opera Quays theater, next door to the Sydney Opera House; and created a buzz on Sydney’s busy summer calendar with an appealing and thought-provoking program.

Please Don’t Disturb (2011), written and directed by Mohsen Abdolvahab, won the festival’s award for best feature at the closing ceremony on Sunday. Abdolvahab’s film, which also won a screenplay award at the Dubai International Film Festival, weaves together three stories set in contemporary Tehran, depicting the lives of a battered wife, a mullah and an elderly couple. The award for best short film went to The Silly.
PFF founders and co-directors Amin Palangi and Sanaz Fotouhi opened the festival on Thursday night after a welcoming party featuring Persian food and dancers in traditional dress. They described the event to attendees as a grassroots family affair (the two happen to be married, and relied on support from family members both in Australia and Iran) and touched on their vision of encouraging the exploration of Persian culture through film. Palangi admitted to being originally inspired by the success of Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, the festival’s closing night film. “When A Separation won the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival in June, I suddenly felt that there was a festival missing in Sydney.” He decided then and there to throw his efforts into showcasing on the silver screen a range of cultures often absent from the Australian media.
“We hope that this festival will offer a way of bridging cultural differences between people,” Fotouhi said afterwards. “What this means is that we wanted to cross cultural diversities and highlight common human traits, and film, because of its visual medium, is one of the best ways to do this.” Palangi and Fotouhi are both doctoral candidates studying film and diasporic Persian literature respectively, and both have also produced films in Iran as well as Afghanistan.
The PFF’s inaugural program was modest but strong. The opening night film was Iran/UK co-production I Am Nasrine (Tina Gharavi, 2011), a rough-hewn but bold drama about a teenager and her brother who are forced by their parents to emigrate to England after she is arrested on morality charges in Tehran. That film’s themes of migration, families torn apart, youthful angst and star-crossed love resonate throughout the program in works that comment on the social turmoil, war and poverty that plague the region.
The competition also included noteworthy older films such as Heiran (Shalize Arefpour, 2009), a touching and expertly crafted social-realist drama about a teenaged country girl who runs away from home to marry an Afghani immigrant; and Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories, which brought Shahram Mokri the best director prize at the 2009 Tehran Film Festival. Rainy Seasons (Majid Barzegar, 2010) is a portrait of an Iranian teenager suffering from his parents’ divorce.
An interesting exception to the festival’s trend of social and family dramas was Opium War (2008), a black comedy from Afghani director Siddiq Barmak about two American soldiers lost in enemy territory in Afghanistan; it won best feature at the Rome Film Festival.
The festival also boasted a substantial program of short films, including Bitter Milk (Nasser Zamiri, 2011), a harrowing account of baby smuggling along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan which won a number of prizes at regional festivals; Going (Salem Salavati, 2011), a tense drama about Kurdish refugees trying to escape Iran; and Delete (Kazem Mollaie, 2011) A comedy about digital photo manipulation featuring unique graphic art that won best film at the Tehran Short Film Festival.
“We wanted to represent a diverse range of films from established filmmakers as well as emerging ones says Fotouhi.The festival is representative of a range of voices. It is not only about a unique voices, rather it is about the multiplicities of voices that are emerging from the region and from their overseas communities.
No films from Tajikistan were included in the inaugural festival; but Palangi has stated that he is eager to see Tajik cinema included in future editions.
In addition to the awards ceremony, the closing night of the festival featured an out-of-competition screening of A Separation, the widely acclaimed drama that won a Special Jury Prize at last year’s ADFF among many other accolades on its way to winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Farhadi was originally scheduled to attend the sold-out screening, but was ultimately unable to because the Oscars took place in Los Angeles the following day.
Sunday’s sessions also included a panel discussion about Iranian cinema and a screening of a short documentary about the making of A Separation. The PFF’s tribute to Farhadi will continue with monthly screenings of his earlier work – including the haunting About Elly, which screened at ADFF in 2009. A Separation will be released in Australia on March 1, following highly lucrative runs in Iran, Europe and North America.