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A new theatre, an advanced children’s library and visual art exhibitions to explore
“The new Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi is encouraging youth to read, learn, create and explore local heritage in Abu Dhabi.”
Early September 2019 the Cultural Foundation in the heart of Abu Dhabi inaugurated its new 900-seat theatre space with two full-house performances led by a world-renowned master of the oud, Naseer Shamma. Shamma was joined by the 2350 BC Orchestra and Bait Al Oud graduates and distinguished instructors for two evenings of musical performances rich in Arabic heritage.
The opening night performance on 4 September – From Assyria to Seville by Naseer Shamma and the 2350 B.C. Orchestra – took the audience on a journey through culture and time in a unique blend of unprecedented musical forms. Comprising 35 master graduates from Bait Al Oud, along with guest musicians from around the world, From Assyria to Seville highlighted new and innovative instruments in the oud family, while also featuring world instruments derived from the oud, such as the mandolin, the guitar and the bozouq.
The Abu Dhabi Children’s Library is now open
The Abu Dhabi Children’s Library celebrated its opening week with Step into a Story, an immersive exhibition focused on the role that pop-up books play in literacy, as well as the launch of the library’s weekly program of family-friendly events and workshops.
The Visual Art Exhibitions to go check out
From 4 September to 15 December, the Cultural Foundation also showcases the debut solo exhibition Najat Makki: Luminescence. Innovative and contemporary in nature, the exhibition is displayed throughout the Cultural Foundation’s main hall and ground floor spaces, highlighting Dr. Najat Makki’s experimental and open approach to various geographical and historic influences.
The opening season also includes the first community exhibition, The Tribute: A dedication to Najat Makki, featuring the work of 19 Emirati artists who have been influenced by Makki and her dedication to the arts in the UAE.
The Cultural Foundation also celebrated the return of Al Marsam Al Hor, a dynamic new program focused on artistic education and launched Bait al Khatt (House of Calligraphy) – a space dedicated to the art of traditional Arabic calligraphy.
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