Following the announcement of the upcoming inaugural Meet D3 event in April, Buro 24/7 Middle East brings you the scoop on the programme highlights, which have just been announced. The three-day event is billed as an experience to explore and celebrate design, art, fashion and food, running from April 2-4 at the Dubai Design District (D3)

Internationally-recognised performers and artists are slated to co-create and share their latest projects alongside emerging and established regional talents hailing from the UAE and beyond and the whole affair will be launched with a free concert by British soul singer, John Newman. 

The packed programme covers the four key genres concerning D3's areas of interest: Fashion, design and art, music and entertainment and, food and beverage, and although the whole event is designed to be inclusive for all, there is also a concurrent kids schedule which involves British culinary whizz kids Bompas & Parr building a show-stopping artisanal chewing gum factory. 

In the area of fashion a spotlight will be shone on the historical evolution of the Emirati dress. This narrative will be brought to life through a curated exhibition by Anthropology of Design from the book Sultani: Traditions Renewed by Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, with the support of the Dubai Design Fashion Council (DDFC). There will also be a collaborative experimental project by Bint Thani x Inter | Act, which will showcase the first ever 3D printed dress made in Dubai, at the Not Just A Label retail space at the event. Other contributors and exhibitors from fashion includes D3 residents such as; Bil Arabi, Rula Galayini, Kage, Nathalie Trad, AOD and FMM by Fatma Al Mulla.

From the musical sphere will be the aforementioned headline performance by John Newman, followed on day two of the event with performances from The Iraqi-Canadian Narcicyst, Zahed Sultan, and award-winning innovative musician, Talvin Singh, whose sound fuses classical Indian music with drum and bass. The closing day of the event will see the eueen of Arab hiphop, Malikah, take to the stage.

The design and art area of the event is set to be a big draw. With New York's ThreeASFOUR (whose credits include dressing celebrities such as Bjork and Yoko Ono) providing an insight into the world of design and technology, with an immersive multimedia presentation of their latest collection. Design continues to be interpreted through multimedia with local entrepreneur collaborations such as Cinema Akil and Gazette bringing together film, fashion and performance together in their programme. Other installations and new perspectives come from contributors such as; Wink Space by Masakazu Shirane + Saya Miyazaki, as well as the mysterious walk through Project Lines by Lebanese architects Ghaith & Jad.

Acknowledging the talent and design intent that is often brought to the modern approach to food and beverage, Meet D3 is providing a delectable offering in the area of food and beverage, showcasing partnerships with some of the most innovative and exciting talents in the industry. Coming in the form of the ever popular pop-up incarnation from some of Dubai's best loved eateries. The line-up of award winning concepts ranges from cool contemporary European, Peruvian and Mexican street-food, the freshest of sushi, Quebecois specialties and many more. A key highlight is the restaurant from award-winning restauranteur, Mourad 'Momo' Mazouz, who will be collaborating with pop artist and close friend Hassan Hajjaj. The pair will create a stand alone eatery for the event decked out with the trademark 'Momo' style of recycled North African objects and pop-culture reference.

Meet D3 looks set to be a defining design event in the Dubai cultural calendar so be sure to be one of the first to experience this opening event.

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