The Sharjah Architecture Triennial wants to celebrate and encourage the art of co-existence

Taking place over the next three months, climate change is at the heart of its agenda
The Sharjah Architecture Triennial wants to celebrate and encourage the art of co-existence

The inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial which opens to the public this weekend, is an interdisciplinary conversation that wants to bring together architects, artist, anthropologists, performers, musicians, and policy-makers to rethink architecture’s role in the climate emergency.

Founded by the late Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Urban Planning Council in November 2017, the Triennial is three-month exhibition led by a guest curator every three year.

This year, the programme has been curated by Adrian Lahoud and themed Rights of Future Generations, and the initiative wants to explore the ways architecture can shape our way of living. 

Potrait of BLTNM. Courtesy of BLTNM

It also wants to highlight how more harmonious relationships between different generations is at the heart of the struggle to avert the climate crisis.

Contemporary Arab music platform Ma3azef is also presenting a programme of musical performances from artists who challenge standardised musical norms.

These include Abdullah Ibrahim (aka Dollar Brand), a South African master pianist and pioneer of bebop; Musician, producer, DJ and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal, who has been commissioned by the Tate to compose music for the Turner Prize; Dominican musician Kelman Duran; Kenyan DJ and producer Slikback; DJ Kampire; and Zuli, a multi-instrumentalist producer and sound artist who played an important role in the rise of Cairo's underground electronic music scene.

All events are taking place between Saturday, 9 November 2019 until 8 February 2020, and are free and open to the public.

Venues include the Al-Qasimiyah School, the Al Jubail Souq Fruit and Vegetable Market, and the Mleiha Archeological site.

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