Friday, 3 February 2012 11:53 AM
The UK will be the country of honour this year at the Abu Dhabi Festival. The festival, which takes place March 11th - April 6th and is in its ninth year, will feature performances from leading UK art establishments including the Royal Opera House, Manchester International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.
The festival will showcase the very best of the arts and will combine classical music, theatre and performing arts, ballet, jazz and fine arts.
The acclaimed theatre company Globe Education will be performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while the BBC’s Philharmonic Maestro will be offering a unique interactive musical experience for children. The Manchester International Festival will also feature performances of Music Boxes and the Scottish Opera's BabyO, which offers babies an unforgettable musical experience.
Other highlights of the festival include Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the famous Ravi Shankar; the Royal Opera House’s Arab world premier of Beloved Friend, which includes dancers from the Royal Ballet; and a performance from GRAMMY award winning singer Natalie Cole, daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole.
Festival founder, Her Excellency Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo said: “What makes this edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival particularly special is that it will not only enable us to look forward to a future filled with unlimited creative possibilities, but it will also help us look back and learn from the lessons of the past. This March, we shall pay homage to the glory days of Arab cultural expression that stretched from Andalucía to China”.
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