The 2016 Songlines Music Award winner brings the great Portuguese music tradition to Abu Dhabi for the first time
Celebrating the glory of cross-cultural dialogue, the renowned world music ensemble, lead by UN Messenger of Peace Yo-Yo Ma and featuring spellbinding Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh, return to the UAE
Exploring the UAE’s natural environment through the nation’s visual artists in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi
The Artist of the Arabs performs for the first time at the Abu Dhabi Festival celebrating the Festival country of honour – Saudi Arabia
The emerging classical piano virtuoso, winner of the 2015 Paloma O’Shea Santandar International Piano competition, makes his Arab world debut
Critically acclaimed for music that is “full of poetry and mysticism”, in the world premiere of this Abu Dhabi Festival Commission, Tarek Yamani revisits the traditions of the Khaleeji Region through the complex rhythms and harmonies of jazz.
Five-time GRAMMY award-winner brings nouveau-flamenco to the Abu Dhabi Festival
China’s premiere orchestra make their Arab world debut with pianist Haochen Zhang, conducted by Yi Zhang
China’s premiere orchestra makes their Arab world debut with pianist Siqing Lü, conducted by Yi Zhang
A night to remember with the nine-time GRAMMY award and Pulitzer Prize winning genius
In partnership with the Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research (AMAR), this major album exploring the work of the Arabic musical theatre pioneer will be released in March 2017, as part of the Festival Composers’ Platform.
The highly acclaimed Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the Elphilharmonie in Hamburg and the KlaraFestival in Brussels, supported by Abu Dhabi Festival
Kalîla wa Dimna, the Arabic opera by the Palestinian composer Moneim Adwan continues its international tour since premiering at the 2016 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Leading Emirati photographer Reem Saeed leads a public workshop that will lead participants from the Festival exhibition out into Umm Al Emarat Park
Artist and academic Janet Bellotto talks about theprocess of creation behind ‘Edge of the Meadow:Lady of the Sea’
Michael Rice, Anjali Srinivasan and Roberto Lopardo join moderator Alexis Gambis to discuss their commissioning experiences
A concert by Trio Hewar (Kinan Azmeh, Dima Orsho and Issam Rafae) at the all new Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin
Abu Dhabi Festival’s new writing programme celebrates Arabic creative writing with new releases
An exhibition of interior design proposals by third year Interior Architecture students from the University of Sharjah’s College of Fine Art and Design
Younger visitors to The Art of Nature can explore UAE animal, marine, land and plant life. Make your own dugong, oryx or falcon and learn more about the wonderful world of nature through guided tours, art workshops and storytelling sessions.
Visit this inspirational exhibition by Sarah Al Senaani
‘Let Them Come’ is an adaptation of the novel by Arezki Mellal, who co-wrote the script.
Join the UK’s favourite science team as they arrive back in Abu Dhabi to show us how we all have the potential to be the next Scientist
Visit the exhibition ‘Here’s What They Think of Me?’ by Sara Al Ahbabi, winner of the 2016 Gulf Capital–Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award
Embrace your creativity with workshops and talks throughout the Festival month and into April
The annual choir festival to the UAE, uniting 200 of the most talented vocalists from international schools all over the world
Join us for an afternoon of colour and fun at this outdoor arts workshop for children with autism
Enjoy inspirational choral music from Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Afghanistan and the UAE in a fierce competition outdoors
As part of their road to recovery, women from Ewa’a Shelters for Victims of Human Trafficking take workshops led by artist Jennifer Simon
London’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture joins the Abu Dhabi Festival once again for a concert-version presentation of Bushra El-Turk’s latest chamber music opera; residencies for three Arab composers at Royal Opera House, London and a ‘Jazz Night with Tarek Yamani’, produced with music producer Marsm
Theatre training course led by the UAE’s leading theatre-makers
FROM A TO B free screening
‘Portrait of a Nation’ the landmark exhibition of Emirati contemporary art will head to me Collectors Room in September.
World premiere by Bang on a Can All-Stars of the latest work by “one of the most talented composers of his generation” (BBC)