October 2021 ‘Shala River’, created in situ in the Albanian Alps, was gifted by the new British Ambassador of Albania, Alastair King-Smith to Prime Minister Edi Rama, marking 100 years of UK-Albania friendship; the artwork is included in Prof. Ferid Hudhri’s Albanians in World Art Encyclopaedia.

The gesture of friendship is especially poignant to Spira, a third generation holocaust survivor who having. been in Albania learnt of Besa, Albania’s code of honor, compassion, loving-kindness, hospitality and desire to help those in need, and the role Albania played in saving thousands of Jews during Nazi Invasion and the holocaust.


Aims to tackle prejudice by celebrating Arabic culture through artistic collaboration that spotlights local talents and highlights universal themes. Increases awareness of the environment & climate change by promoting conservation and lesser know natural landscapes in need of preservation.

29 November to 14 December 2021, World Premiere at Dubai Opera during the Nation’s 50th Anniversary.

Received critical acclaim, 1.8 million reach, with reviews and audience feedback praising the immersive exhibition experience and fusion of arts & cultures.

390 visitors interviewed came from 40 different countries including UAE.

The bespoke score was composed by Spira and her Muslim Arab collaborator DB Gad.

A Dance-Musical film called ‘Daughters Of The Wind Overture’ was also shown, directed by Jhenyfy Muller, based on a story by Stephen Powell, featuring the 50 paintings sharing Dubai Opera’s Main Stage alongside former Royal Ballet ballerina Pietra De Mello-Pittman, co-founder of Sisters Grimm, and singers DB Gad  and Madyan Hamza, singing in Arabic and English.

3 NFT’s of the paintings for ‘50 for 50’ have been minted on the platform ‘Makers Place’

Ella Spira MBE comes from a long line of artistic heritage, including her Grandfather, Emile Spira, a pianist and composer and both her parents who are fine artists; her mother a landscape painter whose work has been exhibited in the Royal West of England Academy, and her father an abstract artist and a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at University.

Spira has already captured landscapes of countries including China, France, UAE, Indonesia, Brazil, Lapland, Albania, UK, Russia and Portugal. The UAE series titled ‘50 for 50’ commemorating 50 years of the UAE’s formation, was presented at Dubai Opera as a spectacular immersive Sisters Grimm production called ‘Daughters of the Wind Overture’. The show featured music, live singing and dance as their productions are known for, incorporating the Royal Ballet heritage inherent in the company’s make up.  To read more about ‘Daughters of the Wind Overture’ click here.

For more information on the artist’s catalogue, 3D tour of 50 for 50 at Burj Khalifa music & art studio and filming at Dubai Opera please leave your email below.