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Painting With Words – Visual Arts Competition

Online Competition

Abu Dhabi Festival welcomes submissions from young and emerging artists around the world to the competition Painting with Words, inspired by Human Fraternity: Dignity and Hope ( الأخوة الإنسانية رقي وأمل), the theme of the Festival’s Ramadan Series of performances.

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‘Wajd’ by Marwan Fagi

Virtual World Premiere Abu Dhabi
Virtual Event

A tenor with a warm, intimate voice and hailing from Mecca, singer and composer Marwan Fagi presents a performance that reflects a deeply spiritual message. His art stems from his intensely emotional spirit merged with his natural talent to deliver impeccable performances.

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‘A Dreamer’s Serenade’ by Tamtam

Virtual World Premiere Abu Dhabi
Virtual Event

Representing the new generation of Saudi artists, singer and songwriter Tamtam, with her exceptional vocal abilities, performs enthralling spiritual songs celebrating the values shared by all religions, in a performance titled of A Dreamer’s Paradise.

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‘Prayer’ by Mayssa Karaa

Virtual World Premiere Abu Dhabi
Virtual Event

Returning to Abu Dhabi Festival after her memorable 2015 performance, Lebanese-American Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Mayssa Karaa presents Doua’a (Prayer), delivering a message of hope that expresses her belief in the deep connection between humans and religion. Accompanied by renowned chanter Javed Ali, she will perform a masterpiece from Sufi heritage and Eastern spiritual chanting calling for tolerance, peace and love.

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‘A Call for Love’ by Sheikh Mahmoud Al Tohamy

Virtual World Premiere Abu Dhabi
Virtual Event

A Call for Love is a performance of Fusha Arabic music featuring Sheikh Mahmoud Al Tohamy, the leading spiritual chanter in Egypt and the world, accompanied by Mohamed Tarek and Wael El Fashny. The performance draws inspiration from Arabic tradition and world heritage, presented in a contemporary format. Preserving the tone of the traditional style, the performance evolves Fusha to infuse it with the ever-evolving values of humanity, highlighting cross-cultural aesthetics that tie the past, present and future.

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Hypothetical Criticism: Between Theory and Practice, in collaboration with Emirates Writers Union

Hybrid Talk

Emirati writers and critics Dr. Abeer Al Hosani and Dr. Fatima Al-Maamari will discuss four important elements of literary criticism in the digital era:

Speakers: Dr. Abeer Al Hosani and Dr. Fatima Al-Maamari
Moderator: Hajer Al Raeisi
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, live stream via Hypothetical Criticism: Between Theory and Practice, in collaboration with Emirates Writers Union – Abu Dhabi Festival

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Fundamentals of Creative Writing

Hybrid Workshop

An introduction to the forms and qualities of creative writing, including the very short story, the short story, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, with a focus on literature in Arabic.

Presented by: Palestinian writer, literary critic and poet Sameh Kaawash and Ahmed Al Assim, an Emirati poet and writer and a pioneer of the Emirati prose poetry
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, live stream via Fundamentals of Creative Writing – Abu Dhabi Festival

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The Fundamentals of Children’s Stories

Hybrid Workshop

This workshop introduces the mechanisms of writing for children, including character development and narrative building that stimulate imagination, and covering:

Presented by: Palestinian writer, literary critic and poet Sameh Kaawash and Dr. Basima Younes, an Emirati writer and member of the Emirates Writers and Writers Union
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, live stream via The Fundamentals of Children’s Stories – Abu Dhabi Festival

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An evening of poetry in collaboration with Emirates Writers Union

Hybrid talk followed by book signing in collaboration with Emirates Writers Union

Emirati poets Sheikha Al-Mutairi and Najat Al Dhaheri will recite poetry from their recently released poetry books “I Myself Think” and “Used Cloud”.

Speakers: Sheikha Al-Mutairi and Najat Al Dhaheri
Moderator: Hajer Al Raeisi
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, live stream via An evening of poetry in collaboration with Emirates Writers Union – Abu Dhabi Festival

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An evening of short stories in collaboration with Emirates Writers union

Hybrid talk followed by book signing in collaboration with Emirates Writers Union

Emirati storytellers Basima Younes and Lulwa Al Mansoori reading from their recently released short story books “Planet 10” and “When the Land Was Square”.

Speakers: Basima Younes and Lulwa Al Mansoori
Moderator: Hajer Al Raeisi
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, live stream via An evening of short stories in collaboration with Emirates Writers union – Abu Dhabi Festival

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Emirati authors Sheikha Muhammad Al-Jabri and Salem Al-Dhanhani

Hybrid talk followed by book signing in collaboration with Nabati publishing

Sheikha Muhammad Al-Jabri and Salem Al- Dhanhani, in collaboration with Nabati Publishing, discuss their recently published books, “Al Ratab, The Summer’s Beginning” and “Al Majedi ben Daher, a Tour in Wisdom and Emotion”, respectively.

Speakers: Sheikha Muhammad Al-Jabri and Salem Al- Dhanhani
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, live stream via Emirati authors Sheikha Muhammad Al-Jabri and Salem Al- Dhanhani – Abu Dhabi Festival

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Emirati authors Al Sagheera Al Ameri, Maryam Al Adan and Shaikha Al Mansouri

Hybrid Talk followed by book signing in collaboration with Hamaleel media foundation

Three authors discuss their recently published books, “Challenges With Oneself“, by Al Sagheera Al Ameri, “Beyond silence”, by Maryam Al Adan and “Your Love Has Owned My Heart“ by Shaikha Al Mansouri.

Speakers: Al Sagheera Al Ameri, Maryam Al Adan and Shaikha Al Mansouri
Moderator: Hajer Al Raeisi
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, live stream via Emirati authors Al Sagheera Al Ameri, Maryam Al Adan and Shaikha Al Mansouri – Abu Dhabi Festival

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