Shot in the arm for city theatre project

DUBAI - It's good news for art and theatre lovers in city. The city's first state-of-the art theatre that is being constructed edged closer to reality when it recently got a massive shot in the arm by way of a huge donation.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 30 Apr 2004, 10:59 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:02 AM

The Khalifa Bin Dasmal and Sons Group has stepped in and contributed to the building of the Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre (DUCTAC) by becoming one of the major corporate donators to the centre.

The money donated by Khalifa Bin Dasmal & Sons Group will support the fit out of the centre, which is expected to open on September 2005.

The DUCTAC project aims to become a hub for art and theatre in Dubai, the objective being to provide a cross cultural environment for art and theatre appreciation. The project will also re-house the Dubai International Art Centre (DIAC) and provide Dubai's first ever-professional theatre.

Khalifa bin Dasmal, Chairman of Khalifa Bin Dasmal and Sons Group said, "Dubai is one of the most rapidly developing environments in the Middle East. However our artistes and performers still do not have a real home."

"This centre will provide a facility for all residents in Dubai to appreciate art, theatre and culture which is fundamental to all societies. Khalifa Bin Dasmal & Sons Group is proud to support this cause," he said.

The first layer of cement has been recently poured and construction has begun at the site, which is located at the Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road. The theatre will have a capacity of 500 seats and will be on two levels. Dressing rooms, proper backstage facilities and rehearsal space will all feature in the design. The centre will have two art galleries, dedicated studios and several classrooms.

Speaking on behalf of DUCTAC, Brian Wilkie Project Director said, "This donation and the others we have received to date are a fantastic start. This support has given us the confidence we need to get out there and start publicising our cause."

"However while some of the money for the project has already been raised we still have a long way to go and are looking for partners who would like to be a part of Dubai's first theatre and arts centre." For individual and corporate donations, please contact Mr Wilkie on 04-3513400. The Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre (DUCTAC) will not be a profit theatre. The centre will be a place for all communities and cultures in Dubai to enjoy. DUCTAC will open to the public in September 2005.

Construction of the centre is already under way. However fundraising continues for the Dh8 million required to pay for the fit out.

"We aim to provide a spacious and modern environment where theatre and the arts can be housed and enjoyed by the local population. The environment will be suitable for both professional and amateur artists, with the long-term goal of creating an interface between expatriate groups for cross cultural art appreciation, Mr Dasmal said.

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