Sole DXB

Sole DXB will be a festival for everything art and culture

Sole DXB, the highly anticipated youth and contemporary culture festival in the region, is gearing up for a spectacular return to Dubai Design District (d3), a member of TECOM Group PJSC, from December 8-10 as the first event in the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) calendar and the official host of Mass Appeal’s Hip Hop 50 event in the Arab world. This edition of Sole DXB promises unforgettable experiences thanks to an extraordinary line-up of talented artists showcasing the best of hip hop, fashion, visual art and sports.

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The festival will feature panel discussions with influential minds and individuals pushing the genre forward. Furthermore, Sole DXB 2023 boasts the inclusion of additional artists, making this year an unmissable celebration of hip hop youth culture. Newly-announced artists joining the stellar line-up include Grammy Award nominee and young British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks, who will take to the stage on Saturday, December 9. Parks recently took the industry by storm with her fresh, soulful sound, and will be sure to make an impression at the festival. In addition, London’s seven-piece ensemble Kokoroko will be performing on Sunday, December 10, at Rudy’s Diner, the lounge space in the heart of the festival. The band promises a captivating, unforgettable performance that blends jazz and Afrobeats.

In addition, Sole DXB will present ‘Occupied Pleasures’, a photo exhibition by Tanya Habjouqa, at the festival this year. Occupied Pleasures presents a nuanced, multidimensional portrayal of humanity’s ability to find pleasure in the face of trying circumstances in occupied Palestine. The exhibition straddles passive and active meanings: to be occupied under Israel and to occupy oneself, joyfully and defiantly, in pastime and simple pleasures. More than five million Palestinians live in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, where the political situation regularly intrudes upon the most mundane of moments.

For fashion fans, Dubai Design District and Sole DXB are collaborating again to present ‘Spotlight’ by d3. The pop-up will showcase a diverse range of independent fashion and lifestyle brands that embrace cutting-edge practices, emphasizing their commitment to community-led and new-generation principles. Explore original, culture-spanning collections by up-and-coming designers from the UAE, South Africa, Palestine, the United Kingdom, Finland, Spain, Lebanon and beyond. This year, ‘Spotlight’ by d3 will bring together brands that redefine fashion and embody a commitment to community, sustainability, and innovative design practices.

A staple of the Sole DXB weekend is the talk program. This year, Sole DXB will be hosting discussions with diverse voices, each an industry icon in fashion, music, publishing and design. Notable speakers include Karl Kani, the legend known for dressing hip hop artists, Nigel Sylvester, BMX athlete and philanthropist, and Estelle Bailey Babenzien, Co-Founder of Noah Clothing.

Sole DXB 2023 will also focus on bringing more homegrown, local, and independent F&B brands to the fore. Guests can explore a variety of delicious dishes from well-known vendors such as Chef Halawa, Eatopia, Falafel For The People by One Life Kitchen, Goldfish Sushi & Yakitori, Homer Lobster, Jailbird, Kitopi, Kooya, Mattar, Miss Lily’s DXB, Pickl, PINZA!, Project Chaiwala, Rascals, Seven Fortunes, Shake Shack, Temple Creamery, West to West Kitchen, Za Za and more.

You can book tickets on the official website.