Saturday, February 16, 2013
Sharjah Light Festival 2013
Personally for me, one of the few negatives of living in the Gulf region, has been the lack of quality Art and Cultural exhibits. Over the years this is slowly but surely improving with events like Art Dubai, Abu Dhabi Art Fair and plenty of new galleries who try to put the UAE on the Art map.
The Emirate of Sharjah, just North of Dubai, has over the years promoted itself as the Cultural and Educational center of the UAE. One of its newer events has been the yearly "Sharjah Light Festival", which this year was held from February 7 till 15. It was the first time, I attended this 9-day event and was pleasantly surprised with the variety of the installations.
Artists have been asked to light up a dozen or so different locations. One of them is the Noor Mosque above.
One of the installations which was quite different, was the "Plasticiens Volants" at the Central Souq. Giant balloons in the shape of sea creatures, could be seen flying around the park area next to the souq.
Lastly we spend some time at the Al Majaz Park fountain light-show. Sharjah has always had a fair amount of free outdoor parks and Al Majaz is probably its prime example. Let that be an example for some of the other Emirates!