Festival 2020


Welcome to the 17th Abu Dhabi Festival, the leading celebration of arts and culture in the Arabian Gulf



Theme – ‘2020: Towards the Next 50’

The 17th Abu Dhabi Festival joins with the Nation to celebrate ‘Towards the Next 50’.

As the United Arab Emirates approaches 50 years of achievement, we are unified by our values of respect, tolerance, mutual understanding and investing in our youth for a more successful, joyful nation.

The dynamic renaissance throughout the country can be witnessed through splendid new museums, world-class festivals and exhibitions, cultural institutions and an unquenchable quest for knowledge.

We celebrate our journey together, from our past at the renovated Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation to the exciting future where Dubai’s Expo 2020 welcomes the world.

Country of Honour

Country of Honour

Each year, Abu Dhabi Festival recognises a Country of Honour, commemorating its culture through performances and strengthening diplomatic ties as it welcomes esteemed guests and celebrates artistic expression.

Previous countries of honour have been: Republic of Korea (2019), Republic of India (2018), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2017), France (2009, 2016), Italy (2015), USA (2014), Spain (2013), UK (2012), Belgium (2011), Poland (2010), Lebanon (2008, 2006), and Egypt (2007). The 2020 Festival will celebrate all countries that have previously collaborated with it over the past 17 years, highlighting the values ​​of tolerance, openness and humanity that Emirati people hold for everyone. In doing so, the Festival emphasises the vitality of its role in promoting the cultural diplomacy efforts of the UAE, as well as facilitating strategic partnerships linking it with other major cultural institutions and arts festivals across the world.