Berlin-Dubai Festival at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue


Dubai 17th November 2014  [PR]

The fourth Berlin-Dubai Festival, “Jewellery as a Cultural Statement – global places, local signs”, took place from 11-12 November 2014 at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue. This year’s edition of the cultural program organised by the Goethe-Institut saw jewellery designers from Dubai and Berlin meet to exchange ideas and find inspiration for creativity.

In the lead up to the Festival, eight designers – Emiratis Amal Haliq, Noura Alserkal, Muna Alhaddad, Fatima Al Qassimi, and Germans Mirjam Hiller, Silke Spitzer, Rahel Fiebelkorn and Catalina Brenes – participated in workshops in Dubai and Berlin. The designers experienced each city first-hand and became completely immersed in the different cultures. Led by Martina Dempf, a jewellery designer and a social anthropologist from Berlin, the designers’ ultimate goal was to create a piece of jewellery inspired by the cross-cultural exchange, culminating in an exhibition in Dubai. The Berlin-Dubai Festival opened on Tuesday 11 November with a Panel Discussion titled “Diamonds are girl’s best friend – design, identity, status and the female consumer”. Speakers included Martina Dempf, Hetal Pawani, founder of jamjar and co-founder of greynoise gallery, Amal Haliq, Emirati jewellery designer and Lezley George, visiting academic at Heriot-Watt University Dubai and research degree student at University of the Arts London. Wednesday 12 November was the official Opening of the Jewellery exhibition, showcasing the exclusive pieces for the first time, followed by a Designer Talk and screening of a short film about the designer’s experience. Guests were really drawn in by the amalgamation of the two different cultures and varying influences, depicted through the artistic creations, use of materials, and above all, incredible craftsmanship on display.  During recent years, jewellery design in Germany has become more industrial and developed into an independent form of art, pioneering new and innovative techniques, with daring choices of material, shapes and original patterning. In the United Arab Emirates, jewellery has been shaped by Bedouin style, and has undergone rapid development in recent years that significantly affects progression of creative design. The young Emirati jewellery designers’ new jewellery pieces are brimming with individuality and are testament to their inspiring modern day vision. Commenting on her experience, designer Noura Alserkal said, “The exchange program exceeded my expectations by far; I began this journey thinking I would be designing a few new pieces and meeting some new designers. But it was much more that than… the people I have met have not only inspired me, they have motivated me! They have given me more knowledge about jewellery and art than I could ever ask for and it has really opened my eyes to a new side of design. In Berlin I found inspiration in contrast, and it led me to a creative depth that excites me and will continue to inspire me for years to come no doubt.” “Jewellery as a Cultural Statement – global places, local signs” was held in collaboration with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for promoting heritage, culture and the arts, and A4 Space Alserkal Avenue Arts District Dubai.

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