Abu Dhabi Festival 2020

Theme – ‘Celebrating the Cultural Foundation’

Welcome to the 17th Abu Dhabi Festival, the leading celebration of arts and culture in the Arabian Gulf. This year the Festival’s central theme is ‘Unity: Celebrating the Cultural Foundation’, reflecting its commitment to the vision of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, by sharing the nation’s cultural dialogue with the world. It consolidates the UAE’s status as a forum for different cultures within the framework commited to the values ​​of tolerance and openness.


Abu Dhabi Festival commissions new works across the spectrum of art forms. From international performances which promote the culture of the Arab World and music releases encapsulating the best of regional music talent, to visual arts pieces that celebrate the depth of locally based practitioners, each year new work is brought to audiences in Abu Dhabi and across the world.


Presented with Chopard, the Abu Dhabi Festival Award is given annually to individuals for outstanding lifetime contributions to arts and culture.