Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre
The beating heart of Dubai’s cutting edge arts, performance and cultural scene resides at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre. This state-of-the-art facility within the Mall of the Emirates brings together both amateur and professional artists – from Dubai and around the world – to this thriving hub of creativity, imagination and activity.
Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre houses a remarkable collection of spaces – for theatre, galleries, workshops and meetings – ensuring it is always a place where people can experience the buzz of new ideas, the thrill of discovery, and the spectacle of great performances. From stage productions to painting, from music to sculpture, and from digital art to the written word, this is a place where different disciplines and art forms collide – with refreshing and exciting results. It’s somewhere where you can see a show, meet new artists, and even take a course for yourself – all in one magical place.
Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre is home to the impressive Centrepoint Theatre, a large and professional space with a traditional proscenium stage. You will also find the smaller, more intimate Kilachand Studio, which often plays host to more experimental productions. The Gallery of Light is a wonderful, spacious contemporary exhibition space which has hosted a huge range of art forms, from printmaking and film to sound art and sculpture, as well as some of the biggest names in the art world. The centre also houses several well-equipped studios and rehearsal spaces.
Dubai is, of course, a very cosmopolitan, multi-national city – and this is certainly reflected and celebrated in the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre. This is the first cross-community, not-for-profit creative centre of its kind in the Gulf region, and was born out of the sheer will and enthusiasm of local art lovers, theatre-goers, artists and entrepreneurs.
Here, you will find all sorts of art – from cutting-edge visual installations to classical concerts, and from Bollywood film airings to large-scale murals. However, the centre is also very respectful of local heritage – and Arabic and Emirati art and artists are often at the fore. Whatever your artistic tastes, don’t miss your chance to visit this incredible palace of the imagination.
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