Cultural Events

ADMAF Cultural Events joins local, national and international organisations to uphold Abu Dhabi as a prominent international cultural hub and facilitate bilateral cultural relations as well as dynamic cross-cultural dialogue

Jose Van Dam



ADMAF creates outstanding events throughout the year for the benefit of society by working closely with embassies, overseas educational and cultural organizations.

  • Investing in Heritagepresents unprecedented exhibitions of artifacts and antiquities that highlight the diverse cultural heritage of the Arab world.
  • Voices of Arab Arts & Cultureprovides opportunities for cultural practitioners from across the Arab world (and the global diaspora) to present, exhibit and perform in the UAE capital.
  • Dialogue & Diplomacystages events and initiatives that enable the people of the UAE to explore and appreciate the cultures of other countries and continents as well as global cultural issues.
  • New Opportunitiescreates new forms of cultural presentation in the UAE capital.




La Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (CMRE): 
Established in 1939 by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and the acclaimed violinist Eugène Isaÿe, CMRE continues to develop young musical talent by means of demanding individually tailored instruction. Under the apprenticeship of a master and other tutors, the students perfect their instrumental or voice technique and develop their repertoire and artistic personality to a point when they can finally launch their professional careers. Through CMRE’s particularly extensive programme of public concerts and recitals in prestigious venues across Belgium and France, students become used to performing before large audiences. In recent years, under the direction of Bernard de Launoit, CMRE has expanded its vision and activities with the release of a series of CDs and the launch of a classical music summer cruise; all dedicated to enhancing the careers of its students and graduates.
ADMAF has engaged in a long-term partnership with CMRE, which began in October 2009 with a concert by the celebrated bass-baritone, Jose van Dam and his CMRE apprentices at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. In March 2010, during the Abu Dhabi Festival, ADMAF and CMRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Abu Dhabi with a view to creating educational and performing opportunities in Abu Dhabi and Belgium in order to grow understanding, awareness and ability around classical music and opera. The MoU was signed by Bernard de Launoit in the presence of Comte Pierre de Launoit and Her Excellency Anick Van Calster.
CMRE and ADMAF look forward to developing a range of initiatives in the coming years.
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Fondazione Arena di Verona: 
During Abu Dhabi Festival 2010, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) forged a new and important partnership with the leading international cultural organization, Fondazione Arena di Verona of Italy. HE Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, ADMAF Founder, signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with President, Mayor Flavio Tossi, to explore ways to develop UAE audience understanding and appreciation of classical music and opera; and promote the appreciation and practice of opera in the UAE through student exchange and music education.
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  • Investing in Heritage: (Coming soon)
  • Voices of Arab Arts & Culture: (Coming soon)
  • Dialogue & Diplomacy: 

-A Carnival of Colour - The spirit of this Caribbean nation came to life in the heart of the UAE capital through the work of 33 of the islands’ leading artists. ADMAF joined the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in staging a large-scale exhibition, which formed part of a series of events to celebrate Dominican Republic Cultural Week. In addition to student workshops held at Zayed University, proceeds from the exhibition went to the Walkabout Foundation, to assist relief efforts in neighbouring Haiti.
-A Marriage of Music - ADMAF enjoys a formal partnership with the renowned Belgian music academy La Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (CMRE), which was inaugurated by a memorable performance in Emirates Palace. The acclaimed bass baritone, José Van Dam, was joined onstage by a selection of his students from the CMRE’s Opera Studio as well as violinist and CMRE alumnus Lorenzo Gatto, Laureate of the Belgian Foundation for Young Soloists. The event, which was attended by Princess Mathilde of Belgium, highlighted the musical genre of opera, which is generating growing interest across the Middle East, as the region continues to build its own indigenous repertoire.