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ADMAF presents traditional story-telling performance to new students

 ama001 hakwati 3rd Oct 2010

HAKAWATI LIGHTS UP WELCOME WEEK AT ABU DHABI UNIVERSITY

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3 October 2010:  Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) presented a Hakawati performance at Abu Dhabi University last night, as part of the Welcome Week, held each year to welcome new students and mark the new academic year.

The Hakawati, or traditional Arabic story-teller, and his troupe performed a series of amusing vignettes, each carrying a moral message. The plays were warmly welcomed by students, their families and friends, as well as members of the faculty staff.

ADMAF presented Hakawati as part of its commitment to reviving the art of traditional story-telling in the UAE.  Hakawati (aka Egyptian actor, Ahmed Yousef) is part of the Sharjah Theatre Group.  With his troupe, Yousef performs stories inspired by ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ as well as others based on Emirati tradition.

Mrs. Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, said

“The new intake of students at Abu Dhabi University represents the future. We applaud their commitment to learning and hope that the arts will help them broaden their minds, think creatively and enhance their academic performance. Just as we look to the future, so should we remember the past; and what better way to do so than through our customs and traditions.

“Story-telling is one of the region’s most historical art forms, and Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation is dedicated to enabling its revival.  Through events like this, we are inspiring the next generation of Emiratis to appreciate and engage with their heritage.”