Ramadan Series

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RAMADAN SERIES – 2021
HUMAN FRATERNITY: DIGNITY AND HOPE

Uniting us in the spiritual values that transcend religion and culture

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. In a range of disciplines, from opera to Sufi chant to genre-bending pop, these performances exemplify the key qualities of the holy month, a gathering that calls for tolerance, respect and love.

Soulful pop artist, singer and songwriter Reem Al Tamimi, known as Tamtam; gifted traditional singer and composer Marwan Fagi with composer Rami Basahih; and emerging opera talent, countertenor Mohammed Khayran Al-Zahrani, all from Saudi Arabia, will perform under the mentorship of composer, soprano and academic, and founder of the Hiba Al Kawas Academy, Dr. Hiba Al Kawas.

They will join internationally recognized Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mayssa Karaa with Javed Ali, as well as magnificent devotional chanter Sheikh Mahmoud El Tohamy, both known for deftly pairing Eastern and Western music styles, in stirring performances for the holy month.


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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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‘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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‘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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‘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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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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An evening of poetry in collaboration with Emirates Writers Union

Talk at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in collaboration with Emirates Writers Union

Emirati poets Sheikha Al-Mutairi and Najat Al Dhaheri will recite poetry from their recently released poetry books “I Myself Think” and “Used Cloud”.

Speakers: Sheikha Al-Mutairi and Najat Al Dhaheri
Moderator: Hajer Al Raeisi
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADNEC Hall 10, Stage 2

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An evening of short stories in collaboration with Emirates Writers union

Talk at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in collaboration with Emirates Writers Union

Emirati storytellers Basima Younes and Lulwa Al Mansoori reading from their recently released short story books “Planet 10” and “When the Land Was Square”.

Speakers: Basima Younes and Lulwa Al Mansoori
Moderator: Hajer Al Raeisi
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADNEC Hall 10, Stage 2

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In conversation with Emirati authors Mohammed Abdullah Noor Al Din and Salem Al Dhanhani

Talk at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair followed by book signing in collaboration with Nabati publishing

Mohammed Abdullah Noor Al Din and Salem Al Dhanhani, in collaboration with Nabati Publishing, discuss their recently published books, Al Majedi bin Daher a Tour in Wisdom and Emotionand The Rain in Heritage of the UAE, respectively.

Speakers: Mohammed Abdullah Noor Al Din and Salem Al Dhanhani
Moderator: Hajer AL Raeisi
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Hall 10 Stage 2

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Emirati authors Al Sagheera Al Ameri, Maryam Al Adan and Shaikha Al Mansouri

Talk at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair followed by book signing in collaboration with Hamaleel media foundation

Three authors discuss their recently published books, “Challenges With Oneself“, by Al Sagheera Al Ameri, “Beyond silence”, by Maryam Al Adan and “Your Love Has Owned My Heart“ by Shaikha Al Mansouri.

Speakers: Al Sagheera Al Ameri, Maryam Al Adan and Shaikha Al Mansouri
Moderator: Hajer Al Raeisi
Location: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADNEC Hall 10, Stage 2

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