10 things to know about Meet d3 in Dubai this weekend
Music, art, food and fashion: Meet d3 is the festival that’s got it all.April 1, 2015
For a while now we've been hearing about Meet d3 and wondering, what exactly is it? We've heard that it comprises art, design, fashion, food and drink, music, movies and talks, and that it's taking place in Dubai this weekend, but still the details aren't that clear. When exactly is Meet d3 on? Where exactly will Meet d3 be taking place? How much is it? What will be there? We've answered all those questions and more below:
The event takes place in Dubai Design District (d3)
The place is brand new, so follow the signposts instead of your satnav.
It's on all weekend
The event starts on Thursday, April 2, from 6pm to 12am. It will also be open from 2pm to 12am on both Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4.
Access is absolutely free
No tickets or pre-registration is required - just turn up whenever you like!
Musician John Newman is set to headline
The British soul star famous for his work with Calvin Harris and Rudimental, as well his his own UK number one smash hit Love Me Again, will be performing on the main stage on Thursday, April 2, at 10pm. There'll be loads of music throughout the event
As well as Newman, there are more than 40 other musicians and performers appearing over the three days. Expect to see the likes of Dub FX, who creates music entirely with his own voice; Lebanese alt-rock band Mashrou' Leila, who regularly sell out shows throughout the Middle East; and Jake Clark, a 'pipe artist' who will be roaming around the festival creating music with only pipes and a pair of flip-flops!
The food is going to be delicious
While the likes of Baker & Spice, Chez Sushi and Pier Seven outlet Fume will be offering pop-up restaurants, there'll be street stalls from JOGA, Kitsch Counter and Tom & Serg's The Sum of Us, plus food trucks serving a variety of cuisines. We suggest you arrive hungry.
There's plenty for the kids to do
The team from play-based learning institute Cheeky Monkeys Playland will be holding art classes at the Children's Fun Park; custom t-shirt makers HIT + RUN will be creating free custom clothing live on the spot; and, something even us adults wouldn't mind getting involved in, British food architects Bompas and Parr will be running their own artisan chewing gum factory, where you can make your own gum with a choice of more than 40,000 flavours. One of EDGARdaily's favourite artists will be there
The brilliant Ben Eine has painted a wall in d3, which will be on display for the very first time during the event. The giant mural reads, "HAND IN HAND" - a message promoting cross-cultural co-operation through art
There'll be more than 20 other artists and installations to see, too. Members of the Obey Crew, who created the most recognised street art image in the history of the genre, will be visiting Dubai for the first time to create a giant installation live. We're also looking forward to seeing Wink Space: a one-of-a-kind installation of hard mirrored panels held together by zips, any of which can be unzipped to create windows, allowing space for the inside and outside worlds to 'wink' at each other
The local and international fashion scenes will also be represented. While artist Li Edelkoort will be conducting a masterclass on the link between fashion and art, there'll also be a curated anthropology on the evolution of Emirati dress, as well as a host of brands showcasing and selling their new collections. For more information, visit meetd3.com