421’s summer programme is all about exploration, fun, and creativity


From home-cooking sessions to summer clubs for kids, there’s something for everyone in Abu Dhabi

And 421 is back, this time with a summer program bursting with creativity!

Abu Dhabi’s independent platform dedicated to supporting emerging creative practitioners, here comes their Summer 2023 Program titled Setting Suns.

Running until 21 September, this time is all about embracing the natural rhythm of the season and discovering new forms of self-expression as a community. From home cooking sessions to performance and movement workshops and the annual Summer Clu, there’s a lot to explore this time around.

Favourites from the Spring 2023 Program: Savour the Sun and the Moon remain, of course! So if you haven’t already checked out Nasir Nasrallah: Poetic of Machines and SYNTHESIS: 2023 MFA Graduate Show, don’t miss out now.

Keep scrolling and make sure you check it out!


Summer Club

17-30 July

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The 421 Summer Club offers a world of creativity and artistic exploration this summer.

Designed for children aged six to 10, or 11 to 14, all young minds of all skill sets and interests are invited to join an unforgettable journey of self-expression and imaginative discovery.

This year, the focus is naturally on themes of sustainability and environmental awareness, teaching participants about being mindful stewards of the plant while inspiring them to create their projects using sustainable practices, incorporating eco-friendly materials and techniques.

Through engaging activities, hands-on projects, and expert guidance, children will unlock their inner artist and develop their unique talents. From painting and sculpture to music and theatre, there’s something for every creative spirit to explore.

Performance Co/Lab

16 July, 13 and 27 August, 10 and 24 September

What better excuse than free admission to explore your body and voices creatively? From 4pm to 6pm, head to Studio 4 for an afternoon of movement and creativity spearheaded by Performance Co/Lab.

Open to participants of all ages, abilities and skills, this bi-monthly gathering is all about encouraging creative expression through exercises that push you to move.


Jamming Sessions: Home Cooking Series

16 July and 5 August

Love cooking? Now you have a chance to learn from the best!

For just AED 120, grab a ticket and chance to learn in a series of workshops led by UAE’s homegrown chefs. Participants can join as family duos to learn about traditional recipes as handed down through the chefs’ relatives.

Each session, led by Jehan Ali and Eva Samir, will be accompanied by a playlist that sets the scene of a home kitchen. Talk about some cosy and delicious quality time!


Summer Palette: An Artist Soiree

26 August

As a part of the closing weekend of Nasir Nasrallah’s solo exhibition Poetics of Machine, 421 is organising an Artist Soiree to enjoy good food and music.

Open to and free from all, here’s your chance to learn from the Artistic Development Program’s cohort 2022/2023 Asma Belhamar, Mahshid Rafiei and Nasir Nasrallah as they present their work and process.

It’s going to be an artistic gathering like no other in the emirate.


Local Perspectives: Film Screening Program with Arab Film Studios

27 August

This summer, 421 presents a film screening program of award-winning new works produced and directed by filmmakers based in the UAE.

The program, which is organised in partnership with the Arab Film Studios, features five short films in the documentary and narrative genres, exploring creative and artistic expression through personal and collective histories.

The films that will be screened include Unspoken, directed by Samia Badih; Made of Clay, directed by Fayssal Bin Sahli; The Death of Mr. Tamimi’s Foot, directed by John Haddad Abdul Nasser; Ranapakhara, directed by Swapna Kurup; and As if the King, directed by Fahad Hussein.


Summer Soliloquies: A Writers’ Soiree

9 September, 2023

Calling all lovers of the word! Open to all and with free admission, don’t miss out on being part of 421’s first Writer’s Soiree.

Here is a unique opportunity to meet and connect with other writers in Abu Dhabi. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy an evening of food, reading, and networking. Does it get better than that?

For more information, visit 421.online/en/visit/


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