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
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
A concert by Trio Hewar (Kinan Azmeh, Dima Orsho and Issam Rafae) at the all new Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin
The annual choir festival to the UAE, uniting 200 of the most talented vocalists from international schools all over the world
Enjoy inspirational choral music from Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Afghanistan and the UAE in a fierce competition outdoors
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
World premiere by Bang on a Can All-Stars of the latest work by “one of the most talented composers of his generation” (BBC)