x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Five Things to Do Today: see some drawings by an Iranian artist

Plus: view a photography exhibition about Africa; see a classic Charlie Chaplin movie; learn the art of Japanese flower arranging; or hear a talk by the sound artist Bill Fontana.

Nargess Hashemi's The Pleasure in Boredom. Courtesy Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde
Nargess Hashemi's The Pleasure in Boredom. Courtesy Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde

See the exhibition The Pleasure in Boredom, in which the artist Nargess Hashemi looks to Iranian aesthetic traditions, creating ink drawings on graph paper that are reminiscent of Oriental carpets. From 10am to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 5052, www.ivde.net

Catch the exhibition Africa: From Mother to Motherboard, in which the fine-art photographers Mario Marino and Kai Löffelbein explore the African experience of globalisation. From 10am to 10pm, Sundays to ­Thursdays; 2 to 8pm, Saturdays, The Empty ­Quarter, Building 2, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai, 04 323 1210, www.theemptyquarter.com

Watch a screening of the 1921 classic The Kid, Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length movie, at Cinematheque of Bastakiya, which aims to show an eclectic selection of films from around the world. Expect a brief introduction and a short discussion following the film. At 7pm, free, XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com

Learn the art of ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, which explores form using empty space and symmetry. From 7.30 to 9pm, Dh350 includes the cost of flowers and holder, The Archive, Gate 5, Safa Park, Dubai, register at ikebaname@gmail.com

Attend the talk Acoustic Journeys. Bill Fontana, one of the founders of sound art, will discuss how the evolution of technology has played a role in shifting our perceptions of the world. Noon, Multipurpose Room (MPR), NYU Abu Dhabi Campus, across Al Nasr Street from the Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, 02 628 4000, register at nadia.b@admaf.org, www.abudhabifestival.ae