Hoor Al Qasimi Appointed Artistic Director of 25th Biennale of Sydney

Hoor Al Qasimi. Photo by Daniel Boud
Hoor Al Qasimi. Photo by Daniel Boud
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Hoor Al Qasimi Appointed Artistic Director of 25th Biennale of Sydney

Hoor Al Qasimi. Photo by Daniel Boud
Hoor Al Qasimi. Photo by Daniel Boud

Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi has been appointed as the Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney, scheduled to take place from March 7 to June 8, 2026, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

Al Qasimi will collaborate with local communities, artists and academics, whilst drawing on her own international network, to develop and realize the concept for the 25th edition of the Biennale, WAM said.
As a curator, Al Qasimi’s focuses on the histories of each place she works in, creating multidisciplinary programming with a collaborative approach and emphasis on supporting experimentation and innovation in the arts. For more than 20 years, she has worked extensively with various mediums including film, music, performance, publications, to bring together all forms of art in conversation.

“Sydney has a multicultural community at its core, with people from different cultures from across the world choosing and calling this vibrant city as their home,” said Al Qasimi. “I’m interested in exploring the multifaceted cultures and perspectives within this city, working with local artists and communities as well as bringing new voices to the Biennale. It is an honor and privilege to be nominated and then selected to be Artistic Director of the 25th Biennale of Sydney, which I have been visiting for over a decade now.”

“I have seen the developments over the years, including the amplification of Indigenous voices both local and global, which has made it an essential platform for rewriting art history,” she added.

Al Qasimi is the President and Director Sharjah Art Foundation, an organization she founded in 2009 as a catalyst and advocate for the arts around the world. She has been the Director of Sharjah Biennial since 2002, an internationally recognized platform for contemporary artists, curators and cultural producers, and curated Sharjah Biennial 15 in 2023.

She was appointed as the President of the International Biennial Association (IBA) in 2017 and serves as the President of The Africa Institute, Global Studies University, Sharjah and President and Director of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial.

Al Qasimi was appointed as the Artistic Director of the sixth Aichi Triennale (2025) last July, becoming the first person to be chosen for the role from outside of Japan. She has also co-curated exhibitions at leading organizations around the world, including the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.



King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language to Participate in Beijing Int'l Book Fair

King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language to Participate in Beijing Int'l Book Fair
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King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language to Participate in Beijing Int'l Book Fair

King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language to Participate in Beijing Int'l Book Fair

The King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language is preparing to participate in the Beijing International Book Fair 2024, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday.

It will be part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's pavilion as the guest of honor for this year's edition. The collaboration is in partnership with the Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission.

The event is scheduled to take place from June 19 to 23 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.

The King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language's involvement in the Saudi pavilion aligns with various cultural and national entities to support the Human Capability Development Program, which aims to realize the goals of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 through the implementation of relevant qualitative activities, such as seminars and panel discussions, under the participation of Saudi and Chinese researchers.

Additionally, the academy is set to host the Saudi-Chinese Linguistic Forum, a scientific and cultural event organized in cooperation with the Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission.