Talks and Workshop

Filasteen Youth Orchestra

The Ramallah-based Filasteen Young Musicians Orchestra is touring cities and refugee camps to perform for audiences across Palestine and conduct music education workshops for children in refugee camps, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Festival.

Young Philanthropists

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.


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.

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Global Oud Forum 2021

Organised by oud master Naseer Shamma, featuring more than 30 of the world’s most accomplished oud musicians in performances, talks and workshops.

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Young Media Leaders

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.

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UAE Theatre Circle – Online Talks Series by Karim Rashid

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

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Riwaq Al Fikr – National Academic Partners

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.

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Art Amid Covid

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.

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Al Ain Film Festival

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.

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