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Region’s largest arts and culture event celebrates ‘Year of Zayed’ and recognises India as ‘Country of Honour’

15th Abu Dhabi Festival Kicks Off Next Week with Internationally Renowned Headline Artists 12th Feb 2018

15th Abu Dhabi Festival Kicks Off Next Week with Internationally Renowned Headline Artists from the Worlds of Dance, Opera, Classical Music and More!

Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 (ADF18) embarks upon a spectacular line-up of concerts and performances for the next six weeks, presenting the leading luminaries of international ballet, dance, opera and music alongside a fusion of UAE creativity. Commemorating India as the Festival’s ‘Country of Honour’ and joining the nation in celebrating the ‘Year of Zayed’, the headline programme will present 500 international artists from 30 countries and will feature masterpieces by more than 40 internationally renowned composers.

 

Superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will perform a special pre-Festival concert on 19 February at the iconic Emirates Palace Auditorium. Heralded as one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation, the beloved Scottish musician will be joined by one of UK’s finest orchestral ensembles performing Beethoven’s Symphony No.4 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, which Benedetti will play and direct simultaneously. The concert marks the end of this critically acclaimed international tour, and will be their only date in the Arab world.

 

The Festival, with tickets starting as low as AED 100, will also explore the fascinating cultural diversity of India – the 2018 Country of Honour, welcoming artists from across Indian dance, music, film and theatre. Celebrating the world’s most prolific film industry, the theatrical dance extravaganza The Merchants of Bollywood will open the Festival on 08 and 09 March, led by one of Bollywood’s leading choreographers, Vaibhavi Merchant, and will feature music by award-winning duo Salim and Sulaiman Merchant. Audiences will also be able to witness an entrancing Indian dance interpretation inspired by the work of Rumi,  for the first time in the UAE, in We the Living: Classical Indian Dance by Tanusree Shankar Dance Company on 19 March, led by one of the greatest living choreographers Tanusree Shankar – a definitive influence shaping contemporary Indian dance; while one of the most distinguished masters in the world of Indian classical music, The Sarod Master USTAD Amjad Ali Khan will make his Abu Dhabi Festival Debut on 25 March.

 

Abu Dhabi Festival 2018’s headline programme at the Emirates Palace will also include two exceptional evenings with the eminent Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Rome, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano – one of the classical music world’s most engaging personalities, on 11 and 12 March; the world premiere of works by Emirati composer Ihab Darwish ‘Waves of my Life’ performed by Beethoven Academy Orchestra conducted by Stoyan Stoyanov and a host of other stars on 14 March; internationally-revered soprano Deborah Voigt accompanied by beloved Lebanese tenor Bechara Moufarrej on 15 March; the Sinatra of the Middle East – Palestinian singer Omar Kamal with a night of jazz, swing and Arabic classics on 17 March; a concert of global music and glamour with Pink Martini on 21 March; an immersive multimedia spectacular in Pianographique – two pianists performing works by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Maurice Ravel, accompanied with live visualisations by Ars Electronica on 24 March; an epic evening of the complete Bach piano concertors for two, three and four pianos with The Bach Project, performed by masters and proteges from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel on 28 March, at NYU Abu Dhabi; and, to conclude the Festival, Compañía Nacional de Danza will make their Arab World Debut with Don Quixote on 29 and 30 March.

 

For further information on schedules, venues and performances please visit the Festival website www.abudhabifestival.ae. Abu Dhabi Festival can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 Ticket Information

 

Tickets are available to purchase at: https://www.800tickets.com/abudhabifestival 

 

Students receive 50% discount (ID required).

 

Date

Performance: Emirates Palace

Ticket Prices

19 Feb

Nicola Benedetti with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)

8 & 9 March

The Merchants of Bollywood

Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)

11 & 12 March

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Rome

Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)

14 March

Waves of My Life by Emirati composer Ihab Darwish

Open to all by registration

15 March

Opera in Concert: Deborah Voigt and Bechara Moufarrej

General admission AED 200

17 March

Singing the Legends: A Night of Jazz with Omar Kamal

General admission AED 200

19 March

We the Living: Classical Indian Dance by Tanusree Shankar Dance Academy

General admission AED 200

21 March

Pink Martini Live in Abu Dhabi

Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)

24 March

Pianographique: Works for two pianos by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Maurice Ravel with live visualisation

General admission AED 200

25 March

The Sarod Master: USTAD Amjad Ali Khan

General admission AED 200

28 March

The Bach Project

AED 100

29 & 30 March

Don Quixote: Compañía Nacional de Danza

Diamond (AED 350); Gold (AED 250); Silver (AED 175), Bronze (AED125)

 

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