Bookworms and bibliophiles, this is your essential festival. Literaturhaus at Nadi solves summer book lover struggles by bringing a celebration of the written word to Dubai.
From now until the end of September, international and regional authors, poets, critics, curators, publishers, translators, and musicians will gather in super-chilled hangout Nadi Al Quoz to share their ideas through readings, discussions and performances.
So if you’re suffering summer cabin fever but don’t want to leave your beloved books behind, we can see you spending A LOT of time here, especially as much of it is free to attend and the venue actually has a bed (curling up with a book is always a win).
Although Alserkal Avenue itself is more than a decade old (doesn’t time fly?), the literaturhaus concept actually dates back to the 19th century, when creatives types would gather to read, debate and hopefully inspire their audiences.
For modern day culture vultures, it’s a chance to hear from more than 20 contributors including poet Hussain Ali Lootah; Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, who is cultural advisor at the UAE’s Presidential Court; journalist Anna Seaman; Professor Tom Fletcher, Arabic children’s author Mariam Al Saedi and slam poet Afra Atiq (see her in action above).
The programme includes readings and performances, workshops in spoken word and the skill of writing, poetry slams and stagecraft sessions. It’s all free of charge and open to anyone with a love of written word. However, spaces are limited so booking at email@example.com is essential.
Elsewhere on the Avenue, the other residents of Alserkal are opening a new chapter for the summer. Highlights include a pop-up from Cinema Akil, all the exhibition space you can handle (Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde will rotate its exhibitions every three weeks, so there’s always something new to see), open studios, art camps and workshops for all the family.