Literary Criticism: Poetic imagery and the biography of poets

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Amphitheatre, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi

ADMAF presentation in collaboration with WeLoveArt

This hands-on workshop fosters creativity among children by giving budding artists the chance to create their own masterpieces under the guidance of some of the UAE's greatest artists like Talal Al Moulla, Mohammed Al Qassab, Reza Derakshani and Ammar Al Attar

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MÚSICAS DE ESPAÑA BY DANIEL LIGORIO

Amphitheatre, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi

Co-presented in partnership with the Spanish Embassy

Critically acclaimed Spanish pianist Daniel Ligorio is accompanied by the castanets of Belén Cabanes and the dance of Loli Molina in this eclectic performance of 19th and 20th century classical Spanish music and select Baroque compositions.

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Panel: The New Polyphonic Maqam System

This panel will discuss the importance of Qoutayba Neami’s new musical innovation and the opportunity it creates for composers and music researchers around the world to transcend borders and cultural differences through music.

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Talk: The Early Years: the building of an art scene and creative communities in the UAE.

Progenitors of the UAE’s contemporary art scene, including members of The Five, founders of the Emirates Fine Art Society and other prominent artists, will come together in a panel discussion on the camaraderie, collaboration and togetherness that have structured the art scene, from early formations to boom, bust and consolidation, to the artistic achievement that is celebrated in Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives.

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Making of Series: Captain Abdullah and Talin in conversation on the making of Sediments

Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives exhibition, Manarat Al Saadiyat

Marine biologists and environmentalists explore the shifting social/physical landscapes as well as creating and preserving modes of togetherness. Talin Hazbar’s work formally investigates the intrinsic properties of natural material – such as sand and porcelain in other artworks – and here tunes her ear to the society of Gulf fishermen. Hazbar excavates used nets from the sea, as a monument not only to the fishing practices but also to the disruption they’ve caused to the natural world.

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World Poetry Day

In celebration of World Poetry Day, a distinguished panel of speakers will explore what “poetry is the diwan of the Arabs” means for contemporary Arabic poetry. This fascinating panel examines the relationship between poets and their social and cultural environments and the influence of deep-rooted cultural heritage on Arabic poetry’s aspirations for the future.

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STEAM Exhibition

Abu Dhabi Festival’s STEAM will cooperate with MIT, to bring university students from a variety of disciplines, including visual art, design, architecture and computer science together in teams for a specialized course in 3-D printing technology.

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STEAM Exhibition Talk

The talks will consist of:
• An introduction of ADMAF’s STEAM programme
• A brief on 3D design and production
• The concept behind the design and the creative process
• The production/printing process of the work
• Q & A

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Collaboration and Togetherness: The UAE as an Artistic Hub

Gallery A, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

A Conversation to address new modes of working and thinking, the creative outcomes of challenging contexts or fresh explorations, with a focus on practitioners of the 80s and 90s developing new modes of artmaking, born of experimental, vibrant atelier atmospheres.

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The Making Of: Vikram Divecha’s Train to Rouen

Artist Vikram Divecha in conversation with Louvre Abu Dhabi Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art Robert Kilroy discusses the artist’s video installation exploring concepts of time, space, modernity and globalisation and how these themes relate to the fast pace of development of the UAE at a time when the UAE is hosting the World Expo. Train to Rouen synthesised a number of strands in order to effect one simple change: a five minute delay on the train travelling from Paris to Rouen on October 4th, 2017.

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Celebrate World Art Day with Abu Dhabi Festival and Talented Emirati Artist Abdulla Lutfi

The Terrace, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

In celebration of World Art Day, Abu Dhabi Festival has commissioned Abdulla Lutfi, the dynamic Emirati artist with an exceptional attention to detail to create one of his signature illustrations to reflect the art scene in Abu Dhabi for its flagship Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives exhibition. The 1.5m x 3m canvas will feature key institutions, cultural sites and museums that have led to the country’s cultural and artistic evolution, such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Warehouse 421, Cultural Foundation, Qasr Al Hosn and the Founders’ memorial. Lutfi, who is on the autism spectrum, has had two sold-out solo exhibitions and is known for his ability to capture daily life in accurate detail. Visitors are invited to contribute creatively to the artwork by adding color to his iconic black and white illustrations starting from April 6.

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The Making Of: Vikram Divecha’s Train to Rouen

Artist Vikram Divecha in conversation with Louvre Abu Dhabi Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art Robert Kilroy discusses the artist’s video installation exploring concepts of time, space, modernity and globalisation and how these themes relate to the fast pace of development of the UAE at a time when the UAE is hosting the World Expo. Train to Rouen synthesised a number of strands in order to effect one simple change: a five minute delay on the train travelling from Paris to Rouen on October 4th, 2017.

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Talk: Shifting Landscapes: From Sand to Skyscrapers

In this fascinating panel on the relationship between art and the environment, two of the nation’s most influential art figures explore the extent to which shifting landscapes contribute to the country’s artistic transformation. Reflecting on the artworks displayed at the Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives exhibition, pioneering contemporary artist Mohammed Kazem and leading columnist and researcher Sultan Al Qassemi discuss the role of art as a social commentary, challenging our understanding of sustainability and reflecting the human experience of transition

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Emirati Literary Research: From composition to distribution

Stage 2 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Panel discussion and book signing in partnership with Nabati Publishing House
An engaging panel discussion on the personal experiences of publishing the research works, “Songs from Emirati Heritage” by the researcher Jame’e Al Dhanhani, and “A Dictionary of Foreign Words in the Emirati Dialect” by the researcher Soroor Khalifa Al Kaabi.

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Portrait of a Nation II and Art of the Emirates II

Stage 2 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Panel Discussion on ADMAF’s latest publications
A panel discussion introducing the latest publications by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation to Abu Dhabi International Book Fair audiences: Portrait of a Nation II and Art of the Emirates II. The discussion will explore the significance of the two publications and their contribution to documenting the history and development of visual arts in the UAE.

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The Emirati Author: From distribution opportunities to publishing challenges

Stage 2 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Panel discussion and book signing in partnership with Nabati Publishing House
A panel discussion on the challenges and obstacles of publishing and distribution will also explore methods for supporting the publishing industry, writing, and literary research. The talk will give an in-depth look into experiences of the following Emirati authors whose books were launched through the Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab initiative: “From the Morning Flood” by writer Laila Mohammad Ali Muhammad Al Farsi, and “But They Are Gone” by writer Afnan Mohammad Al Hammadi.

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Arabic Literature: The relationship between history and the historian

Stage 2 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Panel discussion and book signing in partnership with the Emirates Writers Union
A talk exploring the recently launched, “The Poetic Movement in the Emirates (Al-Hira Group)” by Dr. Maryam Al-Hashemi, and “Levels of Textual Construction in Divine References to Abu Hayyan al-Tawhidi” by the writer Aysha Al Zaabi

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The Fundamentals of Story Writing for Children

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Pavilion, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Workshop
An introduction to story writing for children, this workshop will teach character development with a focus on stimulating the imagination and developing creative skills across all age groups. The aim of the workshop is to cultivate creative and artistic expression and talent in children through story telling.

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Emirati Literary Research: From composition to distribution

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Pavilion, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Panel discussion and book signing in partnership with Nabati Publishing House
An engaging panel discussion on the personal experiences of publishing the research works, “Songs from Emirati Heritage” by the researcher Jame’e Al Dhanhani, and “A Dictionary of Foreign Words in the Emirati Dialect” by the researcher Soroor Khalifa Al Kaabi.

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Book Signing in partnership with Nabati Publishing House

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Pavilion, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Jame’e Al Dhanhani, Suroor Khalifa Al Kaabi and Hamda Hasan Al Hamadi will sign their respective books, “Songs from Emarati Heritage,” “Dictionary of Foreign Words in the Emirati Dialect” and “Poems of Ashab Al Wahdat”.

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Literary Criticism: Poetic imagery and the biography of poets

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Pavilion, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Panel Discussion
A panel discussion on the role of literary criticism in celebrating poetry as “the diwan of Arabs”— a record of their lives and their exploits. The panel will highlight the role of Emirati and Arab poets in reviving and continuing the legacy of Arab poetry as a home for science, a home for thought, and a haven for the soul.

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Literary Criticism: Image of the Leader

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Pavilion, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Panel discussion and book signing in partnership with Emirates Writers Union
A critical discussion which sheds light on the symbolism of the leader’s image within the context of literary criticism, through a discussion of the books “The Image of the Leader in Literary Texts” by Asma Al Kalbani and “Leadership Styles in Literature” by Dr. Aisha Al Ghais.

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Ahmed Rashid Thani: “To Calm Down the Night”, Readings and Testimonies

Stage 2 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Panel discussion and book signing in partnership with Nabati Publishing House
A panel discussion celebrating the late great Emirati poet Ahmed Rashid Thani, exploring his poetic experience in the context of contemporary critical readings, and his inspiring role as one of the most important pioneers of prose poem in the UAE.

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The Fundamentals of Creative Writing

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Pavilion, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Workshop
The workshop aims to introduce literary doctrines and their characteristics, forms of creative expression, and the various techniques used to produce literary work including the short—and very short—story, narratives, poems and more. The workshop also seeks to raise awareness about the beauty of the Arabic language and the importance of self-expression through writing.

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