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 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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‘Ethereal’ by Mohammed Khayran Al-Zahrani

Virtual World Premiere Abu Dhabi
Virtual Virtual Event

Connecting two distinct worlds, countertenor Al-Zahrani honours Saudi cultural artistic heritage while unifying it with the art of Western opera, in a performance entitled Ethereal.

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Free

‘A Dreamer’s Serenade’ by Tamtam

Virtual World Premiere Abu Dhabi
Virtual 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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Free

‘Prayer’ by Mayssa Karaa

Virtual World Premiere Abu Dhabi
Virtual 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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Free

‘A Call for Love’ by Sheikh Mahmoud Al Tohamy

Virtual World Premiere Abu Dhabi
Virtual 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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Free

A Discussion between two Emirati Authors, Ayesha Ali Al Ghais and Mohammed Abdullah Noor Al Din

Online Talk

Emirati authors Ayesha Ali Al Ghais and Mohammed Abdullah Noor Al Din, 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: Ayesha Ali Al Ghais and Mohammed Abdullah Noor Al Din
Location: Online, ADMAF Zoom

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Fundamentals of Creative Writing

Workshop at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

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: Emirati writer and pioneer of the Emirati prose poetry Ahmed Al Assim with Emirati author, poet and storyteller Fatima Al Mazrouei
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADNEC Hall 10, Stage 2

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The Fundamentals of Children’s Stories

Workshop at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

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

Presented by: Dr. Basima Younes, an Emirati writer and member of the Emirates Writers Union
Location: ADMAF Booth at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADNEC Hall 9

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