SIKKA BY NIGHT
WE SEE BRIDGES
20 March, 2019
Location: Sikka, Al Fahidi Heritage Area, Dubai / Bastakiya
5:00 – 6:30 pm : Music on stage
6:30pm – 7:00 pm : Prayer Time
7:00pm to 7:45 pm : SIKKA LIVE TALK : CELEBRATING OTHERS : A CREATIVE PATH TO A CIVILIZATION OF TOLERANCE AND FRATERNITY
7:45- 8:15 pm : Prayer time
8:15 - 8:25 pm : KHARSHA TAIKO Drummers ( Live performance)
8:35 - 9:15pm : Music from the other World
9:15pm - 10:00 pm : MOSAIK ( Live performance )
SIKKA LIVE TALK : CELEBRATING OTHERS : A CREATIVE PATH TO A CIVILIZATION OF TOLERANCE AND FRATERNITY
CHI-KA celebrates cross-cultural bridges that connect our civilization through it’s creative means.
As long as our investigative approach is linked with profound interest, compassion, excitement, openness, and a desire to learn and hear each other, we will renounce judgment and find that any two given cultural points of reference truly reveal our common human origins.
We have been connected since the beginning of time. Where others see walls we see bridges. Where others see differences we see complementarities. These bridges we highlight through art, design, performance, technology, food and other diverse collaborations - sourced from our mothership in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. We have been incarnating this evidence by revealing the bonds, similarities, associations between Japan and the Middle East, only to prove the same stands for any other seemingly distant expression of human culture. There is something precious about celebrating another culture and it’s people.
Our civilization has made its greatest achievements by pioneers of tolerance celebrating our common human denominator and infinite diversity only to elevate Life to its true dimension. We have been blessed with an unparalleled opportunity in the UAE to reinforce this idea at these destined times. A bright future for Humanity is only made by hearts and minds that celebrate each other.
Talk Moderator :
Nemanja Valjarevic, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker, Co-Founder of CHI-KA
On a personal level, Nemanja is interested in global citizenship and the building of world community. Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Nemanja lived and worked in LA, Prague, New York, and Berlin. He currently resides in Dubai.
Alisson Collins, Founder of Majliss Gallery
The Majlis Gallery is the First Fine Art Gallery to be established in the UAE. Alison Collins hosted her first exhibition in this wonderful old house in 1979. She has been at the forefront of the UAE Art Movement ever since. Renowned for the wide scope of the artists it represents and the great variety of the materials and genres they work in.
Amna Ali Al Darmaki, KHARSHA
Amna is a cultural exchange lover, and her goal in life is to deepen the understanding of the cultural exchange between UAE and the world especially Japan. Founder of a Japanese club, and organizer of home stay program, introducing Arab traditional houses for a private stay to Japanese students.
Member of Kharsha, an Emirati Japanese group that is encourages the positive cultural exchange between the UAE and Japan in a different way through their drumbeats.
Alexia Weill, Artist
Born in Paris, French-Swiss Alexia Weill is based in Montreux, Switzerland for over a decade. Her late grandfather owned one of the largest art galleries in Paris.
She studied at the Film academy of Paris (ESRA) and at the same time followed drawing and clay sculpture classes at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris.
She exhibited her sculptures in Switzerland, France, Spain, England, New York and most recently in Dubai at CHI-KA.
In Switzerland, her sculptures are installed in public gardens in different cities along the Geneva lake.
The artist brings out the spirit of a stone. Before sculpturing each poetic piece, the artist communicates with the raw stone. Each sculpture is a unique work- of-art that irradiates its energy in the weft and invites the elevation by the mineral presence. She prints in stone her emotions, her inner journeys in search of harmony.
She likes to dialogue with the stone which in itself expresses the inner language of our Planet.
Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Reina was consulting curator for Contemporary Muslim Fashions, at the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco in 2018. She is currently leading a research project on the impact of religiously related modesty dress codes on the working lives of women, regardless of their religious backgrounds or practices.
Reina’s books include: Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures (2015), Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel and the Ottoman Harem(2004), and Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation (1996). She is editor of Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith, (2013).
Reina is a frequent media commentator – most recently for the New York Times, le Monde, BBC World, BBC Radio, CBC radio, CNN, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Economist, The Times, Marie-Claire magazine, Elle Brazil, Businessoffashion.com, Fortune.com, and Huffington Post.
Reina Lewis convenes the public talk series Faith and Fashion at the London College of Fashion, see http://www.arts.ac.uk/research/research-projects/current-projects/faith-and-fashion/
THE HENNA SESSIONS 1.0
RAMADAN WORKSHOP AT CHI-KA
11 June, 2018
AED 50 per hand
CHI-KA (Warehouse 69, Alserkal Avenue)
This workshop offers participants a hands-on contemporary spin on bedouin henna (Arabic: حِنَّاء). And just in time for Eid.
Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool and leather. In this workshop we take a look at some excellent examples from the desert areas of Western Sahara to the Arabian Peninsula. We propose a comeback for certain patterns and a new interpretation of others, stretching our henna imagination further by introducing elements from more distant cultures, such as the Japanese.
You will be guided in creating your own bedouin-inspired design for the hands, or you may choose from a selection of patterns discussed on the day. Henna artists will be present to apply your design from the workshop.
Fee: AED50 - Workshop & henna application (per hand)
Pre-booking is required (email@example.com)
This workshop will be led by Dr. Azra Khamissa, a Dubai based Canadian/South-African chiropractor and designer. Her henna patterns have been recognised for their supreme originality and are currently #trending in Dubai. #thehennaarchive
OPEN TENT, 2018 - RAMADAN POP UP RESTAURANT
JAPANESE/ARABIC IFTAR & DINNER NIGHTS
18 May - 13 June 2018
Iftar 7-8:30PM | Dinner 8:30-10PM
AED 220 per person
OPEN TENT is back at Alserkal Avenue. A cross-cultural Ramadan Iftar and dinner experience, brought to you by CHI-KA; a kimono shop and art space based in Alserkal Avenue, in collaboration with creative think tank The Lettuce Lab.
This year we have teamed up with Swiss-born chef Michael Fessler, known for his creativity and international “savoir faire”, to create a stimulating culinary menu that brings together Japanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine with an out-of-the-box twist. Live cooking stations for 'a la minute' dishes will be complemented with a self-serving buffet.
Kava & Chai cafe and coffee house also joins OPEN TENT in a relaxed setting surrounded by minimalist decor, creative interventions, bonsai gardens, conversation tables, calligraphy murals and live oud nights.
Expressing universal values of cultural tolerance, compassion and community building, OPEN TENT is a welcoming space, bringing together families and friends of all ages from around the world.
Next to OPEN TENT, an artistically imagined prayer room (W61) is available while a series of post-Iftar activities will be held throughout the Avenue.
OPEN TENT, 2017 - RAMADAN POP UP RESTAURANT
JAPANESE/ARABIC IFTAR & SUHOOR NIGHTS
OPEN TENT is a new Ramadan iftar and suhoor concept that blends Japanese and Arabic cuisine, contemporary design and cultural sensibility. This month-long, carefully-crafted culinary project is organised by CHI-KA, an Alserkal Avenue-based kimono shop and art space, and is held in partnership with Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors
Expressing universal values of cultural tolerance, compassion, creativity and community building, OPEN TENT is a welcoming space, bringing together people from all walks of life. Surrounded by contemporary minimalist Japanese decor, bonsai gardens, Arabic calligraphy murals and live oud, residents and visitors are invited to break fast over iftar and enjoy suhoor with friends and family.
A number of activities and workshops were held over the entire month of Ramadan, including tea ceremony, bonsai tree workshops, origami, games and more. All are complementary upon entry. Both adults and children are welcome to participate.
THE CHI-KA MUSIC MIX - NOW AVAILABLE
NICO DE TRANSILVANIA
Muzicã Without Frontiers Vol 2 - From Japan to Dubai
The 'Muzicã Without Frontiers Vol 2 - From Japan to Dubai' mix is now available for your listening! Specially crafted for CHI-KA by Nico de Transylvania following our in-house Listening Party on December 17th. Enjoy the mix, it will take on a journey around the world, from Japan to Dubai.
QUOZ ARTS FEST 2017 PERFORMANCES
Contemporary dance 'Time is Passing' by Mariko Wada
Date: 27 January, 2017
Time: 7:35pm sharp
Location: CHI-KA, Alserkal Avenue H69
Mariko studied ballet with renowned dancer and teacher A. Egawa in Tokyo, Japan, after which she relocated to Paris to learn contemporary dance. She won 1st prize for Synodales choreography in Sens (France), and danced with The Ariadone Company in Bordeaux (France). Mariko is a certified dance teacher by the French government. In Dubai she teaches contemporary jazz dance and is a member of the of Dubai Dance Academy Group.
Japanese Drumming Art of Taiko by Shoten Dubai Taiko Drummers
Date: 27 January, 2017
Time: 2:30pm and 7:30pm sharp
Location: CHI-KA, Alserkal Avenue H69
Featuring some of the largest and loudest drums in the world, Taiko is the traditional and ancient musical artform from Japan. Thought to have been originally introduced in Japan as early as the 6th century CE, Taiko have been used and played in a wide range of applications ranging from communication, military action, theatrical accompaniment, religious ceremonies, festivals and concert performances.
The locally-based drumming ensemble ‘Shoten’ (https://shotentaiko.com) comprises of musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, including African, Middle Eastern, Western, modern percussion and classical music.
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CHI-KA X NICO DE TRANSILVANIA
December 17th 2016
Start | Saturday, December 17, 5:30pm
CHI-KA ties up with Global DJ and curator of music and art events, Nico de Transilvania, bringing you a specially crafted set blending Middle Eastern and Japanese sounds.
As part of Alserkal Avenue’s all-day weekend event, AREA 01, CHI-KA will be open this Fri / Sat 11am-9pm. Japanese fashion, art and design items will be available for sale.
MORE ABOUT NICO DE TRANSILVANIA
Nico is known to take listeners on a journey, exploring an eclectic mix of music genres. She has headlined at music, film, and art events from the Secret Garden Party, Big Chill, and Bestival, to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Art Dubai, Royal Academy of Arts, London fashion shows and film festivals in Reykjavik, Transilvania, BFI London and Belfast.
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