BurJuman's annual extravaganza, the Art and Music Festival got underway on 14 December, bringing together under one roof local and international artists and performers who will present a comprehensive entertainment experience covering the traditional, visual and performing arts.

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Published: Tue 21 Dec 2004, 3:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:33 AM

Introduced four years ago by BurJuman, the concept helps artists to showcase their innovative works and exceptional talent. Exhibitions showcasing a variety of art forms and musical performances will make this year's event more creative than ever. Numerous local and international artistes including roaming musicians will perform at the mall on a daily basis while the creative talents of artists will be showcased through various displays including paintings from around the world, sculptures, pottery, art workshops for children, antique musical instruments, Islamic calligraphy and handicrafts.

The highlight of the 10-day event is an exhibition rich in heritage by well-known photographer, Ramesh Shukla, who has captured on camera the key moments of the late President, Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The photographs will give visitors a rare insight into the life of the late President Shaikh Zayed. The exhibition will be held at the Glass Bridge on Level 2 from 10am to 10pm.

Another attraction is a live paint show featuring British master painter John Hicks, who will daily convey his ideas and impressions of Dubai on 10 x 4 art panels at BurJuman to create an extraordinary piece of nearly 100 foot long modern expressionist painting. Hicks, who will be making his first visit to the UAE, will paint on the panels the landmarks that he will see during a four-hour tour of the Emirate. As a specialist on 'quick art", Hicks will take just about six minutes to paint a wide swath of the panel, and take about 15 minutes to paint the entire panel. He will also make it an interactive event by asking visitors to BurJuman for their own impressions and translate their thoughts into art form.

An accomplished pianist from Belgium will entertain visitors every evening at BurJuman. Pinki Shah, a leading figure in the local art community, is displaying a wide range of original sculptures and artifacts while promising young Lebanese artist Wael Hamadeh has also brought to BurJuman the colourful and vivid collection of his latest work. The art exhibitions include Islamic and Arabic Calligraphy by over 50 Iraqi artists, special Royal and family portraits, French and Italian Contemporary Art, paintings by well-known Indian artists presented by Creations Art Gallery, and paintings of abstract art focusing on people.

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