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FESTEMBER is the ultimate playground for the new Millenium, and you should definitely stop by this 5-day festive event in December 2018

Time flies, as it is already been three years since Festembr launched in Abu Dhabi. Bringing something quite unique and festive to the Abu Dhabi events scene, it is a combination of lifestyle and entertainment.

Their upcoming event is aligned with the previous editions and as usual we cannot wait to visit this latest FESTEMBR edition. Initially, the multicultural fashion and retail festival was conceived and launched by two ambitious young Emiratis, Noora Al Mazrui and Latifa Al Hamed. Today, it has become the leading regional platform to present regional entrepreneurs and emerging brands – and a catalyst for new ideas.

FESTEMBR chose Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Waterfront Park for the December 2018 edition, a place we love. It is the perfect space to enjoy the outdoor weather during the cooler months. 

Taking place from the 5th to the 9th of December 2018, the Festember festival is part of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival (ADFF) and presented in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

5 – 9 December 2018

Louvre Abu Dhabi Waterfront Park

Daily from 5 pm to Midnight

Adults – AED 75
Children – AED 25
Family (2+2) = AED 125

What awaits visitors this year

Credit Image: Festember Abu Dhabi

Once again FESTEMBER will offer new attractions, indelible installations, powerful performances, exclusive shopping experiences and amazing food concepts.

“We look to support, nurture and present exciting, innovative new ideas right here in the capital at every one of our events,” said Al Mazrui. “Festember aims to incubate new talent as we continue to look for new concepts, new brands, new ways of thinking and even new ways of serving food. Festember is much more than a five-day family-friendly festival – it has become a regional fulcrum for retail, fashion, food and entertainment – and this year we have added the stunning backdrop of Louvre Abu Dhabi!”

This year’s festival will focus on inflatables, lights and illuminations.

Credit Image: Abu Dhabi Confidential |  Festember 2017

“We will play with forms, lights and visual structures that create ideas, illuminate them, and allow people to dream,” said Al Mazrui. “Light and illusion will intermingle with almost every aspect of the event, every night. Visitors should expect original interactive experiences that invite them to engage with their emotions.”

Retail is a core element of the event

Festember is giving visitors a chance to meet up to 40 new vendors – artisans, craftspeople and innovators – bringing their never-seen-before items to the table, with a strong focus on quality, innovation and design. There will be four broad areas of retail – fashion and jewellery, home and décor, healthy lifestyle and beauty.

“With a rigid selection criterion, we search locally, regionally and internationally for fresh brands with a strong story,” Al Mazrui continued. “A Festember vendor is someone you may not have heard of. They offer exclusive pieces in limited runs, and don’t have stores – yet. We also have a dedicated fashion hub – which will be a platform for young, up-and-coming designers to showcase their seasonal collections and new ideas.”

Food is an important aspect of the event, with organisers delivering never-before-seen or cutting-edge concepts to the region.

“At Festember we aim to include no more than two of the same food concepts,” added Al Mazrui. “We ask our food vendors to create unique and exclusive dishes, especially for the event, and we avoid showcasing established restaurants or brands in order to maintain the “first-time” taste that our audience has been accustomed to experience when attending Festember events. You will see a couple of GCC-wide international food brands at the festival, but don’t expect anything you’ve seen before!”

Food vendors this year include Gastro Garage, (blow-torched gourmet donut sliders from LA);Chick’nCone, (panko chicken in a waffle cone from NYC) and The Barrel BBQ (Southern US-style slow-cooked meat dishes with South African flair).

Installations, performances and more to visit this year

The celebration of all things ‘south of the border’ continues throughout Festember with Iconbooth’s ‘Viva la Mexico’installation, a pop-up photo studio by photo artist Marta Lamovsek, where visitors can don a variety of outfits and costumes exploring the theme ‘We Are All Mexican’.

Other installations include the “Illuminations Tunnel”, playing with innovative and abstract forms, visual structures and interactive lighting, the “Marshall”a real 9.5 feet tall interactive robot, and sports demonstrations.

Mexican Nights is an unmissable pop-up element for foodies, featuring renowned international chef Cristina Mennah Govela, who will offer guests her contemporary healthy approach to traditional Mexican fare.

The Festember stage will also welcome a wide and wild variety of acts, including performances from Colombian singer Vera Ciocca, Bahraini singer/songwriter Banahand Virgin Best Artist Award-winner Danny Aridi, the Canadian/Lebanese singer, guitarist and songwriter.

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