The Region’s Biggest Cultural Festival

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Sole DXB 2017

Tuesday 16 October 2018, Dubai, UAE: Sole DXB announces its return for 2018, with the support of its partners Cadillac, Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai Tourism and Sprite. The highly anticipated three-night, two-day cultural festival, will take place on December 6, 7 and 8, 2018 at d3, with tickets now on sale at

The first of its kind at its inception in 2010, Sole DXB has grown leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings as a block party to a highly-trafficked cultural event with over 22,000 people in attendance, showcasing some of the best talent and ideas from the industry, worldwide.


The event acts as a pioneering hybrid between a festival and a direct-to-consumer fashion trade fair, built on the four pillars of: Hip Hop, fashion, art and basketball.

Sole DXB 2017

This year, Sole DXB focuses on what’s next from around the globe. Having spent the past few years pulling on threads from New York, London and Tokyo, 2018 sees Sole setting its sights on youth culture and trends across fashion, art and music in emerging markets. Paying homage to the 30
th anniversary of the second Summer of Love, Sole DXB looks to celebrate a new cultural movement championing independent brands, and celebrating the next generation of creators and artists from South Africa, India, Turkey, Nigeria, UAE and more.

Raj Malhotra, Co-Founder of Sole DXB said: “We made multiple trips to Cape Town and Johannesburg, connecting with designers, artists, musicians, creators in each city, learning their stories and digging into their culture. We feel that South Africa is a good representation of what street culture looks like when it’s still organic, in cities with rich and complicated histories. South Africa’s recent past has given voice to a new generation of creators, that are forming ideas shaped by race, culture and identity.” 

He added, “With every community we’ve explored, Sole has looked to build a direct bridge between our city and theirs.  This exchange of ideas will be showcased through our talks, live music programme, screenings and presenting brands at this year’s event.” 

Having hosted the cultural festival for numerous years, Sole DXB is delighted to call Dubai Design District (d3) home. Aligned with d3’s vision to build a thriving creative neighborhood with a diverse community of people with wide ranging interests, Sole DXB brings together this creative collective from across the region for a truly inspiring event.

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Over the two-day event, there will be an experiential activation from adidas, who will also be dropping Yung Series, Never Made, Yeezy and Dragonball Z. From the luxury brands, there will be a series of exclusives and experiences from Dior and Farfetch – the global technology platform for luxury fashion. PUMA will launch; Selena Gomez X PUMA “Strong Girl” Collection, PUMA CELL, RS-X, CALI. PUMA, as well as their latest Thunder collaborations with fashion designer Lama Jouni and Istanbul-based streetwear brand Les Benjamins. In addition, there will be the launch of the Reebok Classic collection by Pyer Moss, and an all-new vehicle by Cadillac will be revealed for the first time in the Middle East, at the event.

Supporting the burgeoning creative scene, the young brands that will be showcasing at Sole DXB, include: Leaf Apparel and Unknown Union from South Africa, Almost Gods and Nor Black Nor White from India, and homegrown UAE talents including Precious Trust and Amongst Few.

Moving onto this year’s Early Retirement concept store, Sole DXB has collaborated with 10 brands and creators, including the likes of Hassan Hajjaj, Precious Trust and The Basement, to produce an exclusive run of Sole DXB merchandise, only available at the event.

Other key elements to the event, include; Sole Ball Above All Classic, Sole DXB’s basketball tournament and the Sneaker Swap, where people will have the opportunity to buy, sell and trade footwear from leading collectors in the region.

As Sole DXB grows from strength to strength, 2018 is set to deliver its strongest line up to date. Standby for further announcements on an unrivalled music billing, industry talks, and much much more.


Listings Information

Event:         Sole DXB

Dates:        6th, 7th, 8th December 2018

Times:         6th doors open at 6pm until 10pm

        7th & 8th doors open at 12pm until 10pm

Ticket prices:     Pre-sale release 16th October, limited early bird weekend pass AED 250                 General release 24th October, weekend pass AED 295 and day pass AED 195

Tickets will be available through Virgin Megastore Tickets, Dubai Calendar App, and

Download the Sole DXB App from the Apple App Store and Apps on Google Play for further announcements and the programme.


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