Abu Dhabi Festival

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Country and Region United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Festival Contact Information

Marilyne Morin, Communications Manager
Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation
Phone: +971 2 406 9654
Email: mmorin@admfau.ae

Festival Description

The Abu Dhabi Festival offers a unique platform fusing world-class performances from the masters of the arts world today, cultural vision and a depth of community spirit.

Held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Festival will be a feast of arts and culture with more than 40 events. It is a two-week manifestation of world-class performances in traditional, classical and jazz music, drama, fine arts, and ballet.

An important visual art exhibition and rich community and education programs will assert the position of the festival as the emirate’s premier celebration of cultural expression and one of the first “Home Grown” brands with international cultural impact. The Festival has ambitious aims, not only to provide entertainment, but to be a platform where commissioning works, partnerships, world premieres and cross-cultural debates take place.

Her Excellency Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, comments, “Year after year, the Abu Dhabi Festival has developed, and as well as having the world’s most prestigious performers, it now involves the whole community – not just in Abu Dhabi but across the seven emirates. Underpinning it all are the education and community programs which assert the festival legacy and a deeply rooted cultural strategy. The Festival has reflected over the years the determination of the Capital to lead in cultural understanding. Rapidly becoming an anchor for the cultural elite of the world, the festival will see the world’s most prestigious performers share the stage."

Festival Dates March 3 - April 1, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Ana Maria Martinez
  • Bechara El-Khoury
  • Bryn Terfel
  • Eugene Kohn
  • Jiri Beloklavek
  • Joshua Bell
  • Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra
  • Oussama Rahbani
  • Placido Domingo
  • The Czech Philharmonic
  • Victoria Yastrebova


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