Abu Dhabi Festival commissions new works across the spectrum of art forms. From international performances which promote the culture of the Arab World and music releases encapsulating the best of regional music talent, to visual arts pieces that celebrate the depth of locally based practitioners, each year new work is brought to audiences in Abu Dhabi and across the world.
Bringing the best of the world to Abu Dhabi, the Festival also takes the very best of Abu Dhabi to the world. In collaboration with leading global organisations, Abu Dhabi Festival enables the creation of cultural initiatives that bring countries together. The latest cultural diplomacy endeavours by the Abu Dhabi Festival also seek to further strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position on the global cultural map.
Since 2008, the Festival has been advocating cultural diplomacy by reaching out across the world, co-commissioning new works of global significance and presenting artists of Arab origin in renowned venues on several continents.
Not only does this activity enable the Festival to reach audiences with whom it would not necessarily engage but also concerts, exhibitions and performances enable it to engage in creative dialogue with different countries, enabling societies to better understand each other.
Supporting the development and release of new works by Arab artists, previous artists supported by the Festival Composers’ Platform have included Ihab Darwish (UAE), Naseer Shamma (Iraq), Bechara El Khoury (Lebanon/France), Faisal Al Saari (UAE), Hiba Al Kawas (Lebanon), Macadi Nahhas (Jordan) and Omar Kamal (Palestine).
New work for 2020 will be The History of the Oud from Arab Music Archiving & Research (Lebanon), in celebration of its tenth anniversary. It will be available to audiences through a listening post at Emirates Palace.