Bastikya is one of my favourite parts of the city. Unfortunately it is on the opposite side of town from where I live and not somewhere I can just pop into whenever I feel like it. I have to have a reason to go there and plan a trip to that side of town. Usually I go there to show visitors around, but yesterday I went there on my own, and what a good morning that was!
The Majlis Gallery is one of the friendliest spaces in the Bastikya and it's always a pleasure to visit. Last year I attended an exhibition by Stephen Meakin and was really bowled over by the intricacy of his work and his attention to detail. He conducted a workshop back then which I really wanted to attend but couldn't, so when heard he's coming back to town for more workshops in March I had to book immediately.
After my visit to the gallery I popped over to the Dubai Litfest's beautiful new space just around the corner from the gallery to book my tickets for the upcoming Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. What a friendly space and people. It was a pleasure to visit them.
I concluded my outing with a coffee at the Basta Art Cafe. To sit in a traditional courtyard, under an indigenous tree, enjoying an Arabic coffee on a weekday morning is just about the best me-time there is.
With my culture-tank filled up, I am ready for the week.
Have a great one!