Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Music Festival’s annual Music in the Park returns at Umm Al Emarat Park Souk in Abu Dhabi on March 12-13, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation , with the theme “The Will to Evolve”. The two-day event features a host of entertaining and educational activities for the whole family, including concerts by Emirati star singer Ahmed Al Hossani and rising pianist Hamad Al Tayyi, as well as Emirati stand-up Show comedian Abz Ali and crowd favorites Sundeep Fernandes and Imah Dumagay.
As part of its aim to foster arts and culture to enrich communities, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation has partnered with the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination and the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Special Education to provide support for Determination to empower them through the arts. People who empower and ensure inclusion.
His Excellency Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Music Festival, said: “Our annual Music in the Park festival is a multifaceted cultural celebration that highlights our commitment to being a positive The tireless efforts of our drivers for social solidarity and community development. This year, we are bringing the public together to celebrate the talents of our country’s rising stars, giving Emirati musicians and performers a platform to showcase their pioneering abilities. On stage Showcasing renowned classical music singer Ahmed Al Hosani, gifted pianist and composer Hamad Al Taee and the UAE’s first stand-up comedian Abz Ali reflected our longstanding commitment to nurturing the creativity of our young people and empowering them to realize their dreams and ambition.”
Storytelling session with author Khadijah Kudsi – Sunday March 12 @ 5:00 PM
An unmissable opportunity to learn the art of fiction and educational storytelling from renowned Saudi filmmaker and children’s author Khadijah.
UAE Artists on Stage – Sunday 12 March 7:00pm
Ahmed Al Hosani – classical singer
Ahmed Al Hosani is a multi-talented Emirati artist. He has been a singer since the age of seven and is also a visual artist. A graduate of Trinity University of Music, London and Bait al Oud, Abu Dhabi, he also received vocal training with renowned tenor Domenico Cannizzaro and conductor Dr. Ahmed Abdel Sattar, learning different techniques.
Hamad Al Taee – composer and pianist
Emirati pianist and composer Hamad Altaee will perform a series of his original piano pieces accompanied by a live orchestra. He is considered one of the most famous contemporary composers in the region and has performed in the UAE, Italy, Belarus and more. According to the musician himself, his aim is to spread joy, simplicity and positivity.
Comedy Night with UAE Stand-Up Comedians – Monday 13th March at 6:00pm
Abz Ali – United Arab Emirates (UAE)
A certified dentist by day and stand-up comedian by night, Abz Ali is a regular on the UAE comedy scene and was one of the first Emirati comedians to make waves in the industry. His unique perspective and interesting social outlook make him a crowd favorite. He has shared the stage with global comedy stars Basketmouth and Eric Omondi at the same African Comedy Festival, and most recently he had the honor of opening for comedy legends such as Wayne Brady and ISMO at the MoE Theatre, at the Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai. https://www.instagram.com/abzalicomedy
Sundeep Fernandes – India:
The Indian-born stand-up comedian living in Dubai has been making waves in the city’s comedy scene since 2010 as Amit Tandon, Kanan Gill, Bis Biswa Kalyanrath, Varun Grover, Kunal Kamra, Daniel Fernandez. He has also hosted openings for international celebrities such as Ahmed Ahmed, Omar Hamdi, Bassem Youssef, Papa CJ and Ali Al Sayed, and performed for European Montreux Comedy as one of only 2 British actors from the Middle East. He started his journey at Toastmasters International and later graduated from Dubomedy. Audiences can’t get enough of his trademark deadpan style. To date, Sundeep has performed in over 100 bars and clubs. www.instagram.com/sundeep_comedy_dubai
Imah Dumagay – Philippines
Since 2018, she has been a comedic force to be reckoned with and a mainstay of the UAE comedy scene. An award-winning stand-up comedian, she escaped the monotony of her 9-to-5 job to devote herself fully to the world of comedy. With four full-length solo comedy shows at the prestigious Emirates Theater Mall, she has proven time and time again that she is a crowd pleaser. www.instagram.com/imahcomedy
Sustainable Palm Eye Art Workshop by Emirati Artist Azza Al Qubaisi – Full Day March 12-13
Emirati artist Azza Al Qubaisi is a strong advocate for indigenous and sustainable development. In this engaging workshop, she shows how to create sustainable contemporary art using palm leaves, a material rooted in Emirati fabrics.
Hip-Hop Workshop by Dance It Forward-Dubai – March 12th at 4:00pm and March 13th at 5:00pm
‘Non-stop motion’ Dance It Forward is coming to Festival in the Park with dance mastery workshops covering freestyle, hip hop, waacking, popping and locking. No dancing experience required. (Instructor Oussama Moghtaib)
Dance It Forward – Dubai’s Inclusive Dance Micro-Workshop for People of Determination – Monday 13 March at 9:00am and 10:30am
A workshop designed to encourage people of determination to explore safe and effective mediums of physical and emotional expression, designed to instill confidence and raise awareness of inclusivity in participants. (Tutor: Ancy Alexander)
Drum Circle: Learning Through Imitation of Dubai Drums – All day 12-13 March
In this rhythm workshop with Dubai Drums, professional drum instructors will teach participants how to mimic body language and movement to create unique beats. In this dynamic group drumming experience, participants of all ages will learn team-building skills as they immerse themselves in the sounds they create.
The Abu Dhabi Festival 2023 is being held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, Assistant to the Chairperson of the Emirates Red Crescent Women’s Authority and Chairperson of the Higher Committee for Ataya Initiatives. The festival is also supported by its main partner, Mubadala.
Abu Dhabi Music Festival 2023 will present exclusive commissions and productions, as well as local, regional and global premieres, in addition to a host of world-class events including music tours, panels and workshops. For more information on the Abu Dhabi Festival program and ticket booking details, visit abudhabifestival.ae/programme-2023/
About Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF):
Established in 1996, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) is one of the oldest cultural foundations in the Gulf region and the Arab world. ADMAF supports the sustainability and creativity of the cultural industries and enriches Abu Dhabi’s status as a cultural beacon by offering a wide range of initiatives, often in partnership with leading national and international institutions, including Abu Dhabi Festival and a number of youth and social programs and platform to support creative talent in the UAE and abroad. For more information, please visit: www.admaf.org
About Abu Dhabi Festival
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Nahyan
Founded in 2004, Abu Dhabi Festival was generously sponsored by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan from 2007 to 2011. Minister of Information and Culture at the time (currently UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation).
Abu Dhabi Festival is the festival of ‘Bilad Al Khayr’, the Blessed Land, the Land of Zayed, and embraces the values of dialogue, tolerance, respect and peace. The annual festival commissions, produces, preserves and showcases the greatest works of music and art to create rich cultural experiences in the UAE and beyond, as part of its commitment to building and sustaining the nation’s creative economy.
For more information, please visit www.abudhabifestival.ae
Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio to generate sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi.
Mubadala’s US$284 billion (AED1,045 billion) portfolio spans six continents, across multiple industries and asset classes. We leverage deep industry expertise and long-term partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profits, while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the United Arab Emirates economy.
For more information on Mubadala Investments, please visit: www.mubadala.com