Quoz Arts Fest by Alserkal Avenue is an annual celebration of art and culture that has been held since 2012. The festival takes place across the surrounding Al Quoz area, and celebrates the thinkers and makers from this creative neighbourhood. For its 11th edition, it returns promising a weekend of art, music, cultural activities, and food with more than 20 live performances, 80 artists, 200 activations, and 50 food concepts, from morning till midnight.
Quoz Arts Fest will include activities for all ages, including exhibitions, art installations, talks, workshops, performances, music, and more. It will feature immersive artworks by internationally renowned artists like “Echoes of Nature” by London-based Japanese artist Yuri Suzuki, at Concrete, Alserkal Avenue, a sound installation connecting people and the environment. To deepen this connection, visitors are encouraged to take home elements of the work. Other artistic activations accessible during the festival include a larger-than-life mural, ‘Collection of Moments’, produced by French-Tunisian graffiti artist eL Seed, and ‘The Disappearing Art Show’ by Gulf Photo Plus highlighting works by emerging artists, collectives, and galleries while engendering sustainable collecting practices.
Festival favourites Reel Palestine Souk and KAVE’s Market of Misfits provide the opportunity for all-day browsing of wares at the curated markets. ‘Slingshot Hip Hop’ by Reel Palestine and Cinema Akil also present outdoor screenings of indie and alternative films focusing on Palestinian stories directed by Jacqueline Reem Salloum, to run alongside Reel Palestine Souk.
Visitors can kick off their weekend with an invigorating yoga session hosted by Shimis in the Yard, and a rejuvenating outdoor ride by CRANK. Families with children of all ages can also start their day early at Quoz Arts Fest with Gardens of Gaia by The Confidence Lab. Promising a colourful, creative experience for children and families, Gardens of Gaia features trusted home-grown brands in creative education, performance arts, tabletop gaming, health and fitness, and high-quality culinary options across a series of zones on Lane 4.
Festival visitors who prefer a slightly later start to their day are in for a post-lunch treat. There are live performances such as Moroccan-French singer Amina’s intimate folk and pop-infused tunes and Tanzanian-born performance artist Dipesh Pandya’s transformation of a car into a sonic sculpture via site-specific spoken word. In addition, Quoz Encore will showcase the promising home-grown musicians of all genres and languages.
In addition to the aforementioned creative concepts and live performances at Alserkal Avenue, visitors can look forward to delectable culinary options from some of UAE’s popular independent dining concepts available throughout the festival. On the retail side, there are Lady Mauve’s unique and edgy jewellery pieces, Scarfy’s wearable art made of recycled plastic bottles, Caped Coast’s versatile African print capes, kaftans & kimonos, My Backyard Chronicles’ timeless toys, and more.
Quoz Arts Fest takes place from January 27-28, 2024, from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm. Festival attendees can book their full weekend access pass for AED 63 here. All proceeds from ticket sales are dedicated to the Quoz Arts Fest programme, supporting local and regional talent.