Participate

Beyond attending the Abu Dhabi Festival, there are many other ways to get involved in the largest annual celebration of arts and culture in the Arabian Gulf. From volunteering to internships to performing, exhibiting or even embarking on training, the Festival welcomes individuals and fellow non-profit-making and community-based organisations to partner in creativity. Find out more below about how you can become involved in Abu Dhabi Festival.

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National Participation

As an extension of Abu Dhabi Music & Art Foundation’s core mission to support Emirati citizens at all stages of their academic, artistic and professional development, Abu Dhabi Festival celebrates Emirati culture and national identity across its programmes. In 2016, 202 Emirati practitioners contributed to the success of the Festival, from performances and visual arts commissions to creative industries training programmes and roles as compères and moderators.

Third Party Events

With more than 100 events across the seven emirates, Abu Dhabi Festival is a packed celebration of the nation’s talent and diversity. Each year, the Festival welcomes individuals and fellow non-profit-making and community-based organisations to be part of the month-long nationwide Festival programme. If you are planning an arts event  in the UAE during March 2017 and would like to learn more about how you might be considered for the Festival programme, contact education@admaf.org

Creative Awards

The Festival’s awards portfolio celebrates artistic innovation through prestigious platforms where the country’s emerging creative minds compete for first place. In 2017, Abu Dhabi Festival and ADMAF will present:

The 21st ADMAF Creativity Award

Established in 1996, this annual award recognises the outstanding creativity of young arts practitioners. The winning artworks are displayed in Emirates Palace during the festival.

The 5th Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award

Each year, the award recognises an Emirati student for outstanding creativity in an original artwork inspired by the Abu Dhabi Festival exhibition.

The 5th Christo & Jeanne-Claude Award

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan and in partnership with New York University Abu Dhabi, the award gives UAE undergraduates and recent graduates the chance to create a work of art that, in the spirit of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, can be publicly exhibited and enjoyed.

Professional Development

Abu Dhabi Festival presents creative training programmes which enable talented young nationals and UAE residents to develop their skills and prepare for careers in creative and cultural industries

UAE Theatre Circle

Inaugurated in 2016, the UAE Theatre Circle provides a select group of budding actors, writers and directors intensive theatre training to develop their skills in scriptwriting, scenography, acting and reciting. The 2015 edition was led by the UAE’s leading theatre-makers. The programme will return during the 2017 festival; applications will be open from early 2017.

Young Filmmakers’ Circle 

Inaugurated in 2016, the UAE Theatre Circle provides a select group of budding actors, writers and directors intensive theatre training to develop their skills in scriptwriting, scenography, acting and reciting. The 2015 edition was led by the UAE’s leading theatre-makers. The programme will return during the 2017 festival; applications will be open from early 2017.

Young Media Leaders

Throughout each Festival, ADMAF’s trainee journalists from the year-round programme become the Festival’s roving reporters and so much more! In addition to introducing panel discussions, talks and performances, the team of undergraduates publish print and online news for The ADMAF Tribune, featuring the latest from the Festival, as well as reviews and interviews.

Cultural Excellence Fellowship

The next generation of cultural entrepreneurs participate in the Abu Dhabi Festival as part of this two-year ADMAF professional development programme in partnership with the British Council. Throughout the month of March, our protégés participate in panel discussions and delve behind the scenes for exclusive talks with practitioners and professionals.
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Internships

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, the organisation behind the Abu Dhabi Festival, is interested to hear from Emirati and UAE-based students and recent graduates with an interest in arts, event management and communications. If you wish to develop a career in the UAE creative and cultural industries and would like to work with the team responsible for putting on the region’s largest annual cultural celebration, please contact education@admaf.org with your CV for more information.

Volunteers

During the Abu Dhabi Festival, volunteers play a key role in its success. This is an opportunity for many young professionals to get involved. If you are over 18 years old and able to donate your time to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to explore their creativity, then we want to hear from you! Each year, we welcome 20 Festival Ambassadors who receive basic training in order to give information and guidance to audiences at venues across Abu Dhabi. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2017 Abu Dhabi Festival, contact education@admaf.org

Jobs

Are you experienced in the fields of arts/event management, marketing and communications? Are you committed to nurturing the creative potential and celebrating the cultural diversity of Abu Dhabi, the UAE and beyond? If so, please contact hr@admaf.org