Abu Dhabi Festival’s annual Festival in the Park returns with two days of exciting shows, workshops and musical performances at Umm Al Emarate Park. Join us on 12 & 13 March at Abu Dhabi’s Umm Al Emarat Park Amphitheatre as we celebrate culture and creativity with a series of entertaining and educational activities for the whole family.

12 and 13 March 2023


Emirati musicians performing at Festival in the Park

Hamad Al Taee – Composer and Pianist

Date: 12 March
Time: 7:00 PM – 7:50 PM

Emirati pianist and composer Hamad Altaee will perform a collection of his original piano pieces accompanied by a live orchestra. Considered one of the most prominent contemporary composers in the region, he has performed in the UAE, Italy, Belarus, and more. According to the musician himself, his goal is to spread happiness, simplicity, and positivity.

Ahmed Al Hosani – Classical Singer

Date: 12 March
Time: 8:00 PM – 8:50 PM

Ahmed Al Hosani is a multi-talented Emirati artist. A singer from the age of seven, he is also a visual artist. As a teenager in Sharjah, he won first place at his school’s singing competition. A graduate of Trinity University of Music in London and Bait al Oud in Abu Dhabi, he has also received vocal training learning different techniques from renowned tenor Domenico Cannizzaro, and conductor Dr. Ahmed Abdel Sattar.

Comedy Night featuring Emirati Stand Up comedians.

Abz Ali – UAE (Emirati)

Date: 13 March
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 A certified dentist by day and stand-up comedian by night, Abz Ali is a regular on the UAE comedy scene, being one of the first Emirati comedians to make waves in the industry. His unique perspective and funny outlook on society have made him a crowd favourite. He’s shared the stage with global comedic stars Basketmouth and Eric Omondi at the One Africa Comedy Festival, and more recently, he has had the honour of opening for comedy legends like Wayne Brady at the Coca-Cola Arena and ISMO at The Theatre, MOE, Dubai. 

Sundeep Fernandes – India

Date: 13 March
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Since 2010, the Dubai-based stand-up comedian of Indian origin has made a big splash on the city’s comedy scene, with much talked about appearances as the opening act for Indian comedians like Amit Tandon, Kanan Gill, Biswa Kalyanrath, Varun Grover and Kunal Kamra, Daniel Fernandes. He has also hosted the opening act for International celebrities like Ahmed Ahmed, Omar Hamdi, Bassem Youssef, Papa CJ and Ali Al Sayed and performed for European Montreaux Comedy as one of only 2 English performers from the Middle East. He began his journey at Toastmasters International and later graduated from Dubomedy. Audiences can’t get enough of his signature deadpan style. Sundeep has performed in more than 100 bars and clubs so far. 

Imah Dumagay – Philippines

Date: 13 March
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

She’s a comedic force to be reckoned with and a pillar of the UAE comedy scene since 2018. An award-winning stand-up comedian who left the monotony of a 9-5 job to fully dive into the world of comedy. With four full-length solo comedy shows under her belt, all held at the prestigious The Theatre Mall of the Emirates, she’s proven to be a crowd-pleaser time and time again. 

Art, Music, Dance, and Storytelling Workshops

Sustainable Palm Eye Art Workshop with Emirati Artist Azza Al Qubaisi 

Date: 12 and 13 March
Time: All Day

Emirati artist Azza Al Qubaisi is a fierce advocate of all that is homegrown and sustainable. In this engaging workshop, she demonstrates how palm tree leaves, a material ingrained in the fabric of the UAE, can be used to create sustainable contemporary art.

Street Dance Workshop presented by Dance It Forward-Dubai

Date: 12 and 13 March
Time: Day 1 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)
Day 2 (5:00 PM – 5:45 PM)

The “non-stop movement” Dance It Forward is coming to Festival in the Park to present dance mastery workshops covering freestyle, hip-hop, waacking, popping & locking and more. No dance experience required. (Instructor Oussama Moghtaib)

Inclusive Dance Micro-Workshop presented by Dance It Forward-Dubai (Exclusive for POD)

Date: 13 March
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

A workshop to encourage people of determination to explore a safe and effective medium for physical and emotional expression, designed to instill confidence in participants and raise awareness about inclusivity.   (Instructor: Ancy Alexander)

Drumming Circle: Learning Through Imitation with Dubai Drums

Date: 12 and 13 March
Time: Day 1 (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM)
Day 2 (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

In this rhythmic workshop in collaboration with Dubai Drums, a professional drum circle facilitator will teach participants how to imitate body language and movements to create unique beats. Participants of all ages will learn team-building skills as they get caught up in the sounds they create in this energetic collective drumming experience. (Instructors TBC)

Storytelling Session with Author Khadijah Kudsi

A not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn from established Saudi filmmaker and children’s author Khadijah the art of imaginary and educational storytelling.

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