In a ground-breaking partnership with the University of Cambridge’s new Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Abu Dhabi Festival brings the Centre’s pioneering executive education programme to emerging philanthropists from the GCC and MENA region.
Young Media Leaders equips Emirates-based youth with knowledge and skills to develop careers in print journalism, photojournalism, digital media and broadcast journalism as emerging leaders in UAE media.
Abu Dhabi Festival’s annual UAE Theatre Circle aims to provide relevant, high quality training to emerging Arab-language theatre makers residing in the UAE as part of ADMAF’s commitment to nurturing the national theatre sector. To inspire, inform and equip emerging Arab-language
Since its launch in 2010, Riwaq Al Fikr, the Abu Dhabi Festival’s annual discussion series has fostered insightful dialogue between leading intellectuals, experts, practitioners, and the general public. Highlighting ADMAF’s commitment to life-long learning, Riwaq Al Fikr has become an integral part of the Abu Dhabi Festival.
Curated by Emirati artist Jalal Luqman, this series of interviews with leading creatives in the Emirates is part of Abu Dhabi Festival’s Riwaq al Fikr Talks Series.
In its third edition from 23-27 January, 2021, Al Ain Film Festival is collaborating with Abu Dhabi Festival as its strategic cultural partner to support the development of young filmmakers and spread the culture of cinema in the UAE.
This landmark exhibition of UAE-based visual artists will trace the odyssey of extraordinary growth in the UAE’s art scene from a fledgling regional hub to a global destination.
An exhibition showcasing contemporary art from throughout the region and the world, held at the plateau of the Great Pyramids of Giza and curated by Art D’Egypte
A unique exhibition at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt featuring work by H.E. Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifa (Al Bahrain), Dr. Ahmaed Moustafa (Egypt / UK), Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisia / France)
A co-production with Ahmad Zain AL Hashmi, the Emirati filmmaker and director of dozens of films. This feature film is a new comedy starring Ibrahim Al Meresi, social media influencer Mohammed Al-Kindi and a cast of Emirati actors
The brilliant documentary filmmaker explores the life of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the United Arab Emirates
The production of the first album by these young performers from Europe and the Middle East who blend Eastern and Western sounds in a unique artistic collaboration
A comprehensive set of recordings tracing the history of the ancient oud in collaboration with the Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research, produced with support from Abu Dhabi Festival.
The UAE’s brightest young musicians will showcase their unique talents, performing a repertoire of Beethoven, Camille Saint-Saëns and George Bizet
Internationally renowned Palestinian jazz singer and musician continues the global tour of his latest album “Show Me the Light”.
This online celebration will feature four world premieres created in quarantined “ballet bubbles” and performed by ABT’s incredible dancers.
Award-winning composer and jazz pianist, Tarek Yamani, will perform with the multi-Grammy-nominated Chicago-based ensemble Spektral Quartet in an innovative new collaboration.
A unique collaboration bringing together two masters of the classical music traditions of their homelands in Morocco and Turkey
Founded by Elżbieta Penderecki, featuring Poland’s brightest young piano talents in a series of recitals celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven
Based on the legendary epic poems of Lebanese-American poet and visual artist Etel Adnan,with composition and libretto by the innovative avante-garde Palestinian-Israeli composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi
Noted young Emirati composer, Ihab Darwish, will take us on a creative journey with a symphonic melodic performance highlighting the UAE’s values of cross-culture exchange, diversity and openness.
The most internationally celebrated Emirati composer of his generation, Mohammed Fairouz, was inspired by the life of Sheikh Zayed, the UAE’s founding father, for his Fifth Symphony. The premiere, recorded in London and broadcast digitally around the globe, is performed by the world-leading London Symphony Orchestra.
Abu Dhabi Festival’s second Ramadan Series is an unexpected intersection of the contemporary and the traditional, where spiritual beauty and elegant creativity come together in the spirit of this blessed time.
The most sought-after violinist of her generation, Nicola Benedetti CBE, celebrates the history and emotional power of the violin and its iconic repertoire. Nicola Benedetti will present a unique, personal, beautifully filmed concert experience that includes music by Biber, Bach, Paganini and Ysaÿe.
Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab aims to strengthen and support the Emirati publishing industry and to cultivate and showcase the achievements of Emirati creative writers and writers across the Arab world, in line with the UAE's publishing renaissance and the efforts of the nation’s wise leadership.
Organised by oud master Naseer Shamma, featuring more than 30 of the world’s most accomplished oud musicians in performances, talks and workshops.
AUDITION (in Emirates Palace) for final selection of supers
REHEARSALS (in Emirates Palace)
PERFORMANCES (in Emirates Palace)
MARKET LADY x 2 (FEMALE)
ELEGANT/ GRAND LADY x 4 (FEMALE)
BRIDESMAID x 4 (FEMALE)
MONK x 4 (MALE)
MALE BUTCHER x 2 (MALE)
ELEGANT GENTLEMAN x 2 (MALE)
MALE ESCALUS GUARD x 2 (MALE)
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