Barzakh Festival – Martha Redbone Roots Project

Online

The second night of three for The Arts Center's regular festival of genre-bending world music, reenvisioned this year as an online programme. The Martha Redbone Roots Project delivers an often exhilarating mix of soul, jazz and blues. The band began [...]

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Barzakh Festival – Boom.Diwan x Nduduzo Makhathini

Online

The final night of The Arts Center's regular festival of genre-bending world music, reenvisioned this year as an online programme. features a collaboration between Boom.Diwan, the jazz ensemble that revives the cosmopolitan tradition of the Kuwaiti pearl diving music, and [...]

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Carmen

Dubai Opera Dubai

Bizet's four-act opera is a stonking yarn of love, jealousy and violence set in 19th century Seville and adorned with a brilliant score – the Toreador Song in Act II is among the best known of all operatic arias. This [...]

from AED 300

Carmen

Dubai Opera Dubai

Bizet's four-act opera is a stonking yarn of love, jealousy and violence set in 19th century Seville and adorned with a brilliant score – the Toreador Song in Act II is among the best known of all operatic arias. This [...]

from AED 300

Aida

Dubai Opera Dubai

Third and last in this series of three touring productions from Russian State Ballet and Opera House (actually a highly experienced and well regarded commercial touring enterprise rather than a Soviet-style Official State Company). Aida is a love story that [...]

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Aida

Dubai Opera Dubai

The final performance from Russian State Ballet and Opera House. Aida is a love story that comes with superb music, including some well-known arias; we're promised a spectacular production with great costumes, so it should be a good night out [...]

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Arts Chat: Producing Creative Work During Times of Crisis

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How do you sustain performing arts organisations during unpredictable times? A round table with Sandy Garcia, director of booking at Pentacle (the agency that represents Nrityagram Dance Ensemble); Bryant Hunt of Octopus Theatricals (the production agency behind the upcoming Theatre [...]

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The UAE Classical Talents: A Night with Rachmaninov

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai

A new series of chamber music concerts presented by the Alliance Française aims at giving locally based artists a chance to perform regularly. For this premiere, AF welcomes Anastasia Gromoglasova (piano), Narek Darbinyan (violin) and Benjamin Truchi (cello) in a [...]

AED 120

Immortal Songs: Best of the Crooners, Musical & Opera

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

magpie likes an explicit title almost as much as it likes an obscure one. Here we have Belgian-born, Dubai-based classical crooner Win Hoste and Spanish soprano Isabel Cañada Luna giving us 75 minutes of non stop interpretations of classics including [...]

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Playing Light Playing Dark

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Visual artist Aisha Juma joins singer Corinne Metni, pianist Tala Tutunji and guitarist Feras Rada to take us on "an introspective exploration of emotions and genres ... a one-of-a-kind journey through our own darkness and light" that blends musical theatre, [...]

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The Art of Words

Theatre of Digital Arts Souk Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai

ToDA's first spoken word event promises poetry, monologues, and storytelling from "new and emerging spoken word artists, actors, and performers ... celebrating the creativity of words". Apparently it's all women this time, "in support of Women's Month", but we don't [...]

AED 75

The Gauntlet: Faraway Together

Online

A one-of-a-kind intimate sonic experience, a libretto for headphones composed from poetic fragments and personal narratives of individuals from the community. Every version of The Gauntlet is composed and staged for a specific location, normally composed by Sxip Shirey with [...]

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New Sounds for 2021

Online

Classical instruments; bass clarinet, flute, and saxophone combine with dance and video manipulation to create a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary, multimedia experience. The performers: Cristina Ioan is actively involved in projects for dissemination of new works for flute. Currently Adjunct Instructor in [...]

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Unlock the Language of Music

Online

A pop-up performance, streamed live from under the dome of Louvre Abu Dhabi and performed by a quartet of artists and instructors from Berklee Abu Dhabi. They'll be doing a programme of songs inspired by the current Louvre AD exhibition [...]

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Ali Al Sayed: The Crowd Work Special

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Unscripted and unfiltered comedy from one of Dubai's top stand-ups (and co-founder of Dubomedy) in a show based entirely on crowd interaction. He's fast, funny and inventive; well worth catching. This show is part of the Dubai Comedy Festival. The [...]

AED 115

Harsh Gujral: Jo Bolta Hai Wohi Hota Hai

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Sharp humour from the engineer-turned-standup from Kanpur. He’s particularly good on observation, but he also likes to work the room – which means he won't hold back from roasting anyone he fancies. This show is part of the Dubai Comedy [...]

AED 115

Mina Liccione: Growing Up Ringside

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

A brand new one woman show from the undisputed queen of the Dubai comedy scene, sharing stories of her upbringing as the daughter of an Italian-American boxing promoter. Combining comedy, rhythm and spoken word with mixed media, Growing Up Ringside [...]

AED 115

Nemr Live in Dubai

Dubai World Trade Centre Dubai

Top Lebanese/American stand-up comedian Nemr Abu Nassar gets the big-room treatment for his Dubai Comedy Festival gig. Selling out fast ...

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Maz Jobrani

Dubai World Trade Centre Dubai

Everyone's favourite Iranian-American is back in town for the Dubai Comedy Festival with his Things Are Looking Bright tour.

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Kev Adams and Friends

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Top Francophone humour from the ace French standup and some mates (Ilyes Djadel, Alex Fredo, David Azria, "and more"). Looks a bit pricey, with tickets starting at AED 350, but he is very good ... This gig is part of [...]

AED 115

Eddie Griffin

Dubai Opera Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

An hour of American standup comedy as part of the Dubai Comedy Festival.

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Kev Adams and Friends

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

A second show for the ace French standup and some mates (Ilyes Djadel, Alex Fredo, David Azria, "and more"). Looks a bit pricey, with tickets starting at AED 350, but he is very good ... This gig is part of [...]

AED 115

An Iliad

A second performance for this tour-de-force one-man show based on Homer’s epic poem of love, battle, gods and honour, written by Lisa Peterson (who directs) and Denis O’Hare (who stars). O'Hare and Peterson developed An Iliad over a period of [...]

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Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

A "corrupted lecture performance" by the Dubai-based US-born artist (and Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Zayed University) Isaac Sullivan in response to the ongoing Age of You exhibition at the Jameel; it incorporates video projections, text-to-speech software, and the [...]

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Oddisee + Medusa TN

Sudanese-American hip-hop star Oddisee and rising Tunisian MC Medusa TN feature in new online performances filmed specifically for the JAM3A Festival, followed by a live Q&A with Big Hass, the UAE-based Saudi hip-hop pioneer. Born in Washington DC to a [...]

Mina Liccione: Growing Up Ringside

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

A really enjoyable one woman show from the undisputed queen of the Dubai comedy scene gets another airing before Ms Liccione heads off to the STates and Europe for the comedy festival circuit.Combining comedy, rhythm and spoken word with mixed [...]

AED 115

The Sound of Sinatra

Dubai Opera Dubai

The Dubai Opera Big Band – 25 of the region’s best jazz musicians under the direction of Adam Long, himself a very fine sax player – is back with a programme of iconic tunes by Ol’ Blue Eyes. Features “very [...]

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High Priestess & The Butcher. A Musical by The Bloody Thieves!

Stars 'n' Bars La Mer, Jumeriah 1, Dubai

The Bloody Thieves! are (it says here) "interdimensional-travelers from Uruk, the futuristic metropolis of the 11th-dimensional universe". We're promised that "on the auspicious occasion of the Moon Of Scorpio, and with the aid of the High Priestess, a portal will [...]

AED 50

Mina Liccione: Growing Up Ringside

Theatre at Mall of the Emirates Levekl 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Back by popular demand is this enjoyable one woman show from the undisputed queen of the Dubai comedy scene. Combining comedy, rhythm and spoken word with mixed media, Growing Up Ringside is described as a "deeply autobiographical show" that recounts [...]

AED 115

Dance with Georgia

Dubai Opera Dubai

Georgia does traditional music and dance like no one else: it's all those high leaps and nimble prances to insistent, infectious tunes. The 70 members of the Sukhishvili Georgian National Dance Company will be demonstrating with theatricality, passion and vim [...]

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Dance with Georgia

Dubai Opera Dubai

Georgia does traditional music and dance like no one else: it's all those high leaps and nimble prances to insistent, infectious tunes. The 70 members of the Sukhishvili Georgian National Dance Company will be demonstrating with theatricality, passion and vim [...]

From AED 225

Dance with Georgia

Dubai Opera Dubai

Georgia does traditional music and dance like no one else: it's all those high leaps and nimble prances to insistent, infectious tunes. The 70 members of the Sukhishvili Georgian National Dance Company will be demonstrating with theatricality, passion and vim [...]

From AED 225

sEODo Band

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Korea’s Chosun (or Jeosun) Pop is a distinctive musical genre – a mixture of Western pop, soul, and R&B fused with Korean music’s rhythms, melodies, and stories (the name comes from court music developed in the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910) – [...]

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Rooftop Rhythms Season 10: The Wellness Edition

Louvre Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

The very best spoken word open mic night in the Middle East is into its tenth season, and this is its only in-person event for 2021 – a special 10th anniversary edition, held under the dome of Louvre Abu Dhabi. [...]

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Poetry Night: The Return

One Life Kitchen & Café Building 5, d3, Dubai

The Poetryhood returns IRL with an evening of performance poetry led by Poetryhood founder Jamil Adas. We're promised that it will be "laid-back, fun and full of honest poetry".

Free

Trópico de Covadonga

Sharjah Arts Foundation, Arts Square Al Shuweiheen, Sharjah

Rodrigo Cuevas – singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and self-styled ‘folkloric agitator’ – typically delivers a spectacular performance. This one is described as a "highly theatrical" commentary on society, wired to the roots of Spanish folklore, riddled with provocative speech, lucid language, [...]

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Hekayah | The Story

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Poets, singers, storytellers and musicians from diverse backgrounds and cultures perform online for the 50th Anniversary Jubilee edition of The Arts Center's annual celebration for UAE National Day. The lineup: 6.30pm HE Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to the President [...]

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Yard Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

This free cine-concert – with live music accompanying a newly restored print of the film – looks a great way to celebrate the Jubilee. In collaboration with Irtijal, the oldest music festival in Beirut, the cine-concert will be performed by [...]

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Sailing Through Time

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

The Beirut-based Caracalla dance company was last here in 2019 with the spectacular Two Thousand And One Nights, and that brilliant show suggests Caracalla shouldn’t be missed this time. Its founder Abdul-Halim Caracalla trained under the dance icon Martha Graham [...]

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Sailing Through Time

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

The Beirut-based Caracalla dance company was last here in 2019 with the spectacular Two Thousand And One Nights, and that brilliant show suggests Caracalla shouldn’t be missed this time. Its founder Abdul-Halim Caracalla trained under the dance icon Martha Graham [...]

From AED 400

Sailing Through Time

Cultural Foundation Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi

The Beirut-based Caracalla dance company was last here in 2019 with the spectacular Two Thousand And One Nights, and that brilliant show suggests Caracalla shouldn’t be missed this time. Its founder Abdul-Halim Caracalla trained under the dance icon Martha Graham [...]

From AED 400

The Face Reader: dir Han Jae-Rim

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi

Lavish period drama from South Korea, a smooth mixture of low comedy and high drama centred on the most skilful face reader in the Joseon dynasty, a man who is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of [...]

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Nicola Piovan: Music is Dangerous

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

An intimate performance interspersed with anecdotes by the Oscar-winning composer and pianist, reminiscimng in music and in conversation about his encounters with film directors, songwriters and poets. The concert will be accompanied by videos complementing his story with images of [...]

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Berklee Abu Dhabi Music Summit

Berklee Abu Dhabi UAE Pavilion, Saadiyat ISland, Abu Dhabi

The Berklee Abu Dhabi Music Summit aims to nurture the next generation of composers, songwriters, performers, and other music industry professionals. It's a slightly odd mix, kicking off with a Jacob Collier gig on the first evening (8-10pm) and packing [...]

AED 200

David Guetta

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Superstar DJ David Guetta is to perform at Louvre Abu Dhabi on New Year's Eve – well, from midnight, so it's New year's Day really; and he won't actually be there in person, just via a virtual prerecorded performances (despite [...]

Free

Rooftop Rhythms Season 10: Open Mic Night

Online

The very best spoken word open mic night in the Middle East continues its tenth season. Experience culturally diverse voices and hosting by its founder, Dorian Paul Rogers. (If you want to perform, sign up via the Facebook page; it's [...]

Free