Abu Dhabi Festival gears up for exciting first-week of activities
- United Arab Emirates: Saturday, March 02 - 2013 at 11:19
- PRESS RELEASE
The opening week of the Abu Dhabi Festival's 'Decade of Distinction' landmark 10th edition begins Sunday, March 3, and tickets are going fast for the 29 productions and 100 events that will take place across the UAE over the following 28 days.
The festival kicks off March 3 with 'Romeo and Juliet' by UK theatre company Globe Education at Shakespeare's Globe, following on from their sell-out runs of Macbeth (in 2011) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (in 2012). Shakespeare's most famous love story is specially geared toward younger audiences, injecting new energy and relevance into this timeless work. Public performances take place on March 3rd and 4th at Abu Dhabi Theatre, Breakwater. In tandem, Globe Education will run a series of workshops for students starting March 3.
March 5 marks the opening of '25 Years of Arab Creativity,' a carefully curated exhibition of innovative works from a plethora of contemporary artists of Arab origin, in partnership with the Institut du Monde Arabe at The Gallery - Emirates Palace. Running until Sunday, March 31st, the exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to experience a cross-section of contemporary art from across the region in addition to an accompany programme of tours, workshops and family activities.
Capping off the first week, Young Artists' Day, an annual highlight of the Festival, is an opportunity for Abu Dhabi to discover the Emirate's up and coming young musicians, with 15 secondary school students performing an original composition from their residency with The Declassified Ensemble selected by Carnegie Hall. Daytime and evening performances will take place on March 9 at Abu Dhabi Theatre.
Meanwhile, female undergraduates at the campuses of federal universities located in Al Gharbia and Abu Dhabi City will be treated to traditional textile workshops by Al Ghadeer, the UAE Red Crescent micro-financing initiative that empowers underprivileged women using time-honoured crafts native to the UAE.
Throughout the month of March, educational workshops, masterclasses and talks take place throughout the UAE in the presence of national, regional and international artists and practitioners, in keeping with the Festival's strong focus on education and community outreach.
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