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Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival

The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF) is a nonprofit community arts festival designed to showcase the work of local and emerging artists, photographers, and filmmakers and engage the community through a diverse calendar of cultural and creative programming. We established RAKFAF to bring the community together to celebrate art, create opportunities for cultural exchange, and support the creative and artistic sectors of the emirate. An initiative of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, the Festival is an integral part of the Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the cultural development of Ras Al Khaimah.

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History

Founded in 2013, we’ve grown from a small festival of 30 emerging Ras Al Khaimah-based artists to become the emirate’s cultural event of the year. Since 2019, the Festival has called Al Jazirah Al Hamra Heritage Village home, hosting a large-scale, outdoor exhibition modeled after La Gacilly Photo Festival in France. The historic home of the Al Zaabi tribe, the traditional pearling village now serves as a bridge between cultural heritage and contemporary art, bringing together art lovers, history enthusiasts, and the rest of the community to engage with new forms of art and learn about Ras Al Khaimah’s rich history. In recognition of Ras Al Khaimah’s connection to the desert, the mountains, and the sea, RAFKAF also hosts satellite exhibitions on the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais, and luxury beach destination, Marjan Island.

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Mission

As a festival deeply rooted in the community, we believe in the democratization of art. It is something that should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of race, nationality, or income. As we continue to grow, we aim to use art as a means to expose audiences to new ideas and ways of thinking, connecting us across borders and boundaries and creating a more cohesive society.
 
The 2022 Festival showcased the work of 110 artists from 50 countries. Emirati, UAE-resident, and international artists contributed their work in the categories of Fine Art & Photography, Sculpture, Film, and Poetry, bringing their unique interpretation of the 2022 Festival theme, The Journey, and furthering our mission to connect countries, cultures, and communities through art.
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Past Festivals

  • 2021
  • 111 Artists
  • 49 Nationalities
  • 2020
  • 110 Artists
  • 33 Nationalities
  • 2019
  • 74 Artists
  • 31 Nationalities
  • 2018
  • 84 Artists
  • 30 Nationalities
  • 2017
  • 64 Artists
  • 31 Nationalities
  • 2016
  • 73 Artists
  • 31 Nationalities
  • 2015
  • 65 Artists
  • 24 Nationalities
  • 2014
  • 41 Artists
  • 16 Nationalities
  • 2013
  • 26 Artists
  • 12 Nationalities