Dubai is a vibrant city known for being open-minded, fast-paced, and progressive. Its bold vision for the future has fostered an exceptionally diverse environment that attracts creative people from the Middle East and all over the world. As a cultural hotbed, we couldn’t think of a better place for Festival X, a novel platform operating at the intersection of Art, Science, and Technology, developing a community. Interconnecting these three fields is not only an exciting way to broaden our perspectives, but also a valuable approach to tackle the critical questions of our times in a proactive manner.
This year marks the inception of an annual event, which aims to promote this transdisciplinary concept by bringing together captivating minds combining all three domains in workshops, talks, performances and an exhibition. Festival X is intended to be an educative space that illustrates, discusses, and advances the potentials of cross-pollination between different artistic and scientific practices that hold important opportunities to shape our future. It is meant to present unconventional thoughts and strategies to initiate conversation and spark explorative curiosity – among stakeholders, experts, and interested visitors alike. A further central goal of this inaugural edition is to lay the foundation for a lasting and continuously evolving regional community in the field, which enables knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration on both a national and international level. We are confident that conflating intellectual capacities through this platform will bring forth intriguing suggestions for global issues in the years to come. Hence, raising the awareness of local artists, scientists, tech experts, and innovators, who want to get involved, is particularly crucial for our endeavour.