Media Release

Abu Dhabi Festival Announces Open Call for Emerging Actors to Participate in UAE Theatre Circle

Third edition of innovative and inspiring theatre training course now open for 

applications from Emirati and Arab actors

Deadline to submit applications is 13th January 2018

(Abu Dhabi, UAE: 20 December 2017): Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) invites aspiring Emirati and Arab actors to take part in an inspiring and engaging theatre training course to empower, foster and further develop their skills in the performing arts. Developed as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 (ADF18), the course will be led by renowned UAE theatre practitioner Dr. Habib Ghuloom Al Attar, leading actor of stage and screen and Director of Culture and Community Activities at the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development. Participants are invited to submit their applications before 13th January 2018 through

This year’s UAE Theatre Circle will culminate in a special public performance in March 2018, honouring the comedic works of the late Kuwaiti actor, Abdulhussein Abdulreda.

Commencing on 21st January 2018, the intensive, three-week, course will allow aspiring actors to hone their creative talents in improvisation, voice, movement and character development. Concluding on 8th February 2018, the final performance will be hosted at Umm Al Emarat Park on 31st March 2018 as part of ADF18’s Youth Platforms.

This year’s Abu Dhabi Festival delivers multidisciplinary and capacity-building youth platforms and community programmes across the UAE, empowering local talent in arts and culture. These include the Islamic Arts Workshops; Young Filmmakers’ Circle; Riwaq Al Fikr; Riwaq Al Adab wal Kitab; Riwaq Al Khatt Al Arabi; as well as a diverse calendar of events, exhibitions, performances and workshops; including the return of Festival in the Park with an eclectic line-up of innovative musicians including Gilles Chuyen, The Raghu Dixet Project, Nesma Abdul Aziz and Zahed Sultan; Festival in Focus; Ministry of Science; and film screenings, including movies from India, the Festival’s Country of Honour; and many more.


For further information on schedules, venues and performances please visit the Festival website Abu Dhabi Festival can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 Ticket Information

Tickets will be available to purchase at:

Early Bird Discount – Monday 4 December 2017 to Sunday 31 December 2017; all ticket prices are reduced by 25% during this period.

Students receive 50% discount (ID required).

Performance: Emirates Palace Ticket Prices
Nicola Benedetti with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)
The Merchants of Bollywood Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Rome Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)
Waves of My Life by Emirati composer Ihab Darwish Open to all by registration
Opera in Concert: Deborah Voigt and Bechara Moufarrej General admission AED 200
Singing the Legends: A Night of Jazz with Omar Kamal General admission AED 200
We the Living: Classical Indian Dance by Tanusree Shankar Dance Academy General admission AED 200
Pink Martini Live in Abu Dhabi Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)
Pianographique: Works for two pianos by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Maurice Ravel with live visualisation General admission AED 200
The Sarod Master: USTAD Amjad Ali Khan General admission AED 200
The Bach Project AED 100
Don Quixote: Compañía Nacional de Danza Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)


About Abu Dhabi Festival

The Abu Dhabi Festival is the UAE’s leading celebration of arts and culture. Launched in 2004, it continues to attract the highest calibre of artists to the UAE capital every year. The Festival has secured its place as the Arabian Gulf’s largest cultural event and has established partnerships with some of the world’s most influential cultural institutions including the Institut du Monde Arabe, Institut Francais, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Opera House and Carnegie Hall. In addition to a world-class, multidisciplinary programme at Emirates Palace, the Festival’s educational and community programmes bring together artists, students, community groups and cultural organisations from across the UAE. The Abu Dhabi Festival actively supports emerging Emirati talent and advocates the importance of arts and culture in all aspects of life in the UAE.

For more information please visit our website at:


ADMAF is among the oldest, non-profit cultural organisations in the Arabian Gulf.  Founded in 1996, it is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, of development, of culture and of creativity. Over those last 20 years, ADMAF has pioneered new practices and new works, it has supported Middle Eastern debuts and nurtured the careers of gifted young professionals throughout the Arab world.

Today, ADMAF reaches nearly 40,000 children, young people and adults annually through arts-education and community-outreach programmes as well as the Abu Dhabi Festival. The annual multidisciplinary Festival is the largest cultural celebration in the entire region and reaches across the world through co-commissions and the international presentation of innovative Arab creativity. Each year, the Festival Awards honour outstanding individual contributions to arts and culture with previous recipients including Plácido Domingo and Amin Maalouf. In essence, the Abu Dhabi Festival strives to deepen global cross-cultural dialogue whilst inspiring a deeper interest in the cultures of the Arab world.

The diversity of ADMAF’s programmes has been astonishing and seminal, including pioneering music in hospitals; embedding best practice for art therapy among PMLD and SEND children; co-commissioning with international cultural organisations, such as the Zaha Hadid JS Bach Chamber Music Hall (with Manchester International & Holland Festivals); City of Light: Ravel’s Mother Goose with Installation (with the Los Angeles Philharmonic); presenting the Arab world debuts of Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Valery Gergiev, The London Symphony Orchestra and The Bolshoi; fostering innovation through initiatives such The Christo & Jeanne-Claude Award; and nurturing contemporary cultural expression among musicians such Naseer Shamma and composers Mohammed Fairouz.

For more information please visit our website at: