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Artists and Cultural Institutions Worldwide Launch Initiatives in Solidarity with Palestine

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Adra Kandil. For Every Olive Tree. 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Emergeast

Artists and cultural institutions in the UAE and around the world have launched initiatives in solidarity with Palestine and to raise funds for aid and relief in Gaza.

In the UAE, the Emirates Red Crescent has launched Tarahum – For Gaza, a relief campaign with an online fundraising platform as well as in-kind donation centres and volunteering opportunities across the country, including Alserkal Avenue and its community of galleries. Other art spaces in the country, including Art Dubai and 421 have launched separate initiatives for which the proceeds will be donated in support of the campaign. Online initiatives based around the world, from Canada to Ireland, are also joining the effort with cultural programming, fundraising sales and charity auctions.

Alserkal Avenue
Funds and in-kind donations can be dropped off at a dedicated venue in the Avenue. Donations and proceeds will go towards the Emirates Red Crescent in support of Tarahum – For Gaza
When: 20–30 October, 10am–7pm daily
Where: Warehouse A1, Alserkal Avenue
*In-kind donations temporarily suspended due to overwhelming response. Cash donations are still accepted at the Red Crescent donation box in A1. Updates to follow

The Flip Side
Voices for Palestine
A fundraiser event featuring educational and awareness programming, in collaboration with Haya’s Kitchen and The Workshop Dubai. Proceeds will be donated to Emirates Red Crescent in support of Tarahum – for Gaza
When: 28 October, 2­–8:30pm
Where: The Flip Side, Alserkal Avenue

Gulf Photo Plus
Those who have donated at least AED 90 to Tarahum – For Gaza receive a free special edition PALESTINE FOREVER Flick Camera designed by artist Bayan Dahdah.
When: Until stocks last
Where: Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue

Art Dubai
Visitors of this year’s Downtown Design are requested to pay an entrance fee of AED 25 at the door, which will be donated to Emirates Red Crescent in support of Tarahum – For Gaza
When: 8–11 November
Where: Waterfront Terrace, Dubai Design District (d3)

421 and Reel Palestine
Palestinian Cinema Days

A film programme that brings to the forefront stories, heritage, and identity of the Palestinian people. Proceeds will be donated to Emirates Red Crescent in support of Tarahum – For Gaza
When: 26–29 October, 7pm onwards. In-kind donations can be delivered at 421 from 10am–9pm
Where: 421 Arts Campus outdoor plaza

Gallery Bawa x Mathqaf in partnership with Gulf Photo Plus
Prints for Palestine
An online emergency relief art sale dedicated to raising funds to deliver humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in Gaza. Proceeds will be donated to the Kuwait Red Crescent Society
When: 23–31 October

Art Drive for Palestine
An online sale of prints and original artworks for the immediate support and medical relief in Gaza
When: 18 October–8 November

Artists for Watermelons
An online charity auction of over 200 artworks in aid of Medical Aid for Palestinians and the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
*Date and link TBA. Check above link for updates

Free Palestine Project
A curated online archive of posters by designers from around the world. Free to download for personal use

Pictures for Palestine
An online sale of photography prints by SWANA creatives, launched by artists Saria Chatila and Zeina J Haish. Proceeds will be donated to trusted connections on the ground in Gaza
When: 23–30 October

Other Cinemas
Six Films for Palestine
An online screening programme featuring a collection of six films by Palestinian filmmakers. All proceeds from tickets will be split evenly between Medical Aid for Palestine and relatives of co-founder Arwaa Burawa in Gaza
When: 23 October–22 November

This list will be updated as more current information becomes available.