Abu Dhabi Festival 2019: Great Performances Like Never Before

Abu Dhabi Festival 2019: Great Performances Like Never Before

Celebrating the glory of art and culture, the Abu Dhabi Festival has finally entered its 16th year. As one of the leading and world’s most prominent culture and arts festivals, the Abu Dhabi Festival 2019 fully identifies itself with the UAE’s spirit of Bilad Al Khair — the nation of good — that highly values tolerance, respect, knowledge at its core festival.

Major Performances in Abu Dhabi Festival

Running next year in 2019, from February 25 to March 30, the festival will have live performances across multiple art genres including opera, ballet, orchestra, jazz and flamenco. More than 500 artists from 17 counties are expected to take part in the annual cultural event. Some of the major performances include American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato with Orchestra il pomo d’oro, directed by Maxim Emelyanychev; the Korean National Ballet; the Korean Symphony Orchestra; award-winning artist Justin Kauflin; Welsh bass-baritone, Sir Bryn Terfel; flamenco dancer and choreographer Sara Baras; and The Paris Opera Ballet. Moreover, Republic of Korea will be the ‘Country of Honour’, with acts such as the Korean National Ballet and the Korean Symphony Orchestra taking part.


Abu Dhabi Festival Awards

ADF2019 will also be recognizing outstanding achievements in the music industry. This year’s recipients include mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, Aurelie Dupont, for her outstanding devotion to the art of ballet; Barenboim – Said Akademie, for its commitment to building bridges through arts and culture; and the late Ousha Bint Khalifa Al Sweidi in honour of her exceptional contributions to Emirati poetry.

Other Highlights

Other ADF19 highlights are the Young Filmmakers’ Circle; ADF Visual Arts Education Programme, Riwaq Al Fikr; Riwaq Al Adab wal Kitab; The Gulf Capital – Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award; The Gulf Capital – ADMAF Creativity Award; The Christo & Jeanne-Claude Award, Tandem Al Emarat, UAE Theatre Circle, Young Media Leaders, Total Design Commission, ADMAF Design Fund, and The Artists’ Studio and Ministry of Science.

Partnership with Special Olympics

The festival will also be partnering with the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi. Held under the theme of ‘Culture of Determination’, the Abu Dhabi Festival 2019 aims to highlight the contributions made to society by people of determination. The festival will be a powerful voice for celebrating differences and promoting inclusion, and we are delighted that musicians with intellectual disabilities will be able to showcase their extraordinary talents to audiences here in the UAE

Abu Dhabi Festival 2019

When: 25 February — 30 March

500 artists

100 events

18 productions

17 countries

Where to buy tickets: https://www.800tickets.com/abudhabifestival

Full programme listings and dates: http://www.abudhabifestival.ae/




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