Dubai art patrons honoured
Dubai, March 18, 2010
The inaugural Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards were presented today (March 18) to individuals and organisations who supported the development of Dubai’s art scene over the last three years.
Together, the awardees had contributed more than Dh220 million ($60 million) towards the arts sector of Dubai.
At an event organised by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated organisation for culture, heritage and the arts, over 50 art patrons were honoured in four categories – distinguished patrons of the arts, patrons of the arts, supporters of the arts, and friends of the arts.
The awardees, representing private and public sector organisations as well as individuals, had made contributions -- financial or in kind -- towards events in performing arts, literature, visual arts and films or related Dubai-led initiatives from 2007 to 2009.
“Patrons of the Arts Awards is a unique model in public and private partnership,” said HH Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Culture.
“Patrons are not merely sponsors of art events. They do not seek the limelight but stand as pillars of continued support for the arts community,” he added.
“By recognising them, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority aims to stimulate further support for the various art disciplines and thus contribute to making Dubai a city where content is created and not merely exhibited.”
A highlight of the awards ceremony was a performance that integrated various artistic media, conceptualised and executed by Emirati and Dubai-based talent.
In a mix of diverse artforms – ranging from New Media to films and music to performing arts, fashion and painting – the show presented a creative journey into the mindset of the patrons of the arts set against the backdrop of Dubai. – TradeArabia News Service