Dubai Culture to join UAE delegation for inauguration of National Pavilion UAE at 2019 Venice Biennale

The ceremony will be attended by Hala badri, Director General of Dubai Culture

Dubai Culture to join UAE delegation for inauguration of National Pavilion UAE at 2019 Venice Biennale

Dubai, UAE - Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has announced that it will be attending the opening ceremony of the National Pavilion UAE at the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, alongside the UAE delegation. The Pavilion will be officially inaugurated by H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, on 8th May 2019. The ceremony will be attended by H.E. Hala badri, Director General of Dubai Culture, and other key UAE delegates from federal entities and prominent cultural institutions from the UAE and Italy.

The exhibition, which commences on 11th May 2019 and runs until 24th November 2019, will host more than 80 National Pavilions under the title ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’. delete

At the exhibition, UAE will be presenting ‘Passage’ – which is video installation by award-winning poet and filmmaker Nujoom Alghanem, with Pavilion curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath. The National Pavilion UAE, which is commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, marks the sixth participation of the UAE at the coveted exhibition.

Commenting on the exhibition and Dubai Culture’s presence, H.E. Hala Badri said,  Dubai Culture is joining the UAE delegation and the Authority supports this important cultural rendezvous. The opening event for the National Pavilion UAE at Venice Biennale is in line with our aim to  empower the arts, culture, heritage, and literature sectors, while positioning Dubai on international platforms as an incubator of these sectors and a facilitator of creative economy. The event will act as a common ground for the cultural institutions and federal entities of the UAE to showcase their support to development and establishment of creative industries, and to promote the thriving cultural and arts landscape of the UAE at a global level, starting from Venice.”

H.E. Badri added, “This participation serves as the commencement of our international partaking, as we will go on to join various worldwide events from now on. With this, we intend to share the cultural offerings of Dubai with the global travelers and raise awareness about Dubai as an ideal cultural and creative tourism destination.”  

Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the UAE’s rich heritage. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures to enhance Dubai's position as a creative and sustainable global city for culture, heritage, arts, and literature, with the aim to empower these sectors by developing creative and innovative projects and initiatives locally, regionally, and globally.


About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on 8th March 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority’s vision is toestablish Dubai as a global, creative, and sustainable city for culture, arts, heritage, and literature, and to empower these sectors to bring happiness to Dubai’s society.

As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season, the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative that kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week which features Art Dubai and SIKKA Art Fair, an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region; Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre, an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2018; and Dubai Next, a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.

The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia (, the nation’s first government-empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation, providing a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth. Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in supporting the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026 by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Library’s branches to transform them into state- of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative that complements the UAE National Reading Strategy with activities open to all age groups, revolving around four key themes: happiness, reading, family, and the future.

The Authority also manages more than 16 heritage sites across the Emirate and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture officially launched Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum provides a platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), the museums will play a catalyst role in preserving Emirati Heritage.

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