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Winners of The Gulf Capital–Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award & The ADMAF Comic Arts Award commended by ADMAF Patron, UAE Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development. The 10th Young Media Leaders sees total number of Emirati graduating students exceed 200

Sheikha Noor Fahim Al Qasimi, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, Young Media Leader Graduates, Comic Arts Award Winner and The Gulf Capital - ADF Visual Art 21st Nov 2016

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Recognises Emirati Creative Achievement

The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) celebrated the latest outcome of its investment in preparing the next generation for the UAE’s creative and cultural industries on Sunday. The tenth annual cohort of Young Media Leaders (YML) graduated in the presence of ADMAF Patron, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development and Sheikha Noor Fahim Al Qasimi, ADMAF Advisor. 21 Emirati undergraduates from 7 universities and colleges each received certificates confirming the successful completion of ADMAF’s nine-month media training programme. Institutions represented in the YML Class of 2016 are Zayed University, HCT Abu Dhabi Women’s; HCT Fujairah Women’s; HCT Dubai Men’s; HCT Abu Dhabi Men’s; UAE University; and University of Sharjah.

Launched in 2007, ADMAF’s Young Media Leaders in partnership with twofour54 has empowered 206 Emirati students with the necessary skills and knowledge in order to pursue careers in the national media sector. Each year, a specially selected group of media undergraduates from the UAE’s federal universities, Zayed University, UAE University, University of Sharjah and Higher Colleges of Technology, embark on a bilingual training programme led by experts from the national, regional and international media spanning subjects including news reporting, TV and radio broadcasting, photojournalism, and digital journalism. Young Media Leaders alumni have gone on to successful careers in leading media companies across the UAE.  The next edition of YML will be the largest yet with 30 Emirati students from Zayed University, UAE University, University of Sharjah as well as Abu Dhabi University and the Higher Colleges of Technology in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.

H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, said: “ADMAF continues to give the next generation the skills and opportunities to express the nation’s creativity. We are pleased that the 10th Young Media Leaders cohort graduates today. This programme’s legacy is in its successful alumni who can be seen, heard and read across the nation’s TV, radio and newspapers and its numbers will only continue to grow. Similarly, ADMAF is delighted to see such a strong spirit of innovation expressed through the winning works of the 2016 Gulf Capital–Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award and the ADMAF Comic Arts Award. May this recognition inspire these dynamic young artists to pursue their dreams.”

The ceremony also announced the winner of The Gulf Capital-Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award. Selected out of applications from five universities and colleges across the UAE, Sara Alahbabi, 21, who recently graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi with a BA in Visual Arts, received the Award for the photography series ‘Here’s What They Think of Me’, which seeks to challenge and confront stereotypes concerning life in the UAE and stimulate a dialogue between the viewer and artist.

Dr Karim El Solh, Chief Executive Officer at Gulf Capital, said: “Gulf Capital is committed to supporting Abu Dhabi Festival and its exceptional educational programmes which, throughout two decades, have helped nurture the understanding and appreciation of the arts amongst children and youth in the UAE. Both the Festival’s Visual Arts Award and the Creativity Award that we sponsor aim to encourage creative thinking amongst this very important age group, as well as discover emerging talent and celebrate their achievements.”

In addition, the 2016 winner of The ADMAF Comic Arts Award was announced. Asma Al Remeithi, 35, a Zayed University alumnus and emerging Emirati comic artist, beat applications from 5 universities and colleges across the UAE (Zayed University, Ajman University, HCT, UAE University and Petroleum Institute). Her winning artwork, ‘Turning Point’, a bilingual comic book featuring a dark tale about a girl battling with her inner voices. The jury, which included leading comic arts practitioners Mo Abedin, Jalal Luqman, Khaled Bin Hamed, Ashraf Ghori and led by ADMAF Advisor Mohamed Abdul Latif Kanoo, chose ‘Turning Point’ for its outstanding presentation, bilingual nature and the maturity of its character development as well as smooth narrative flow. The ADMAF Comic Arts Award is a competitive national platform that aims to elevate the comic arts practice to create awareness and nurture appreciation around the comic arts as a tool of creativity and cultural awareness.