Creative economy

Abu Dhabi: now officially a ‘City of Music’

Abu Dhabi has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, an initiative launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognise creativity as a major factor in their sustainable urban development plans. The Network allows member cities to select only […]

Festival

Barzakh is back, and looking to the future

It’s been a while since Womad came to the Emirates – the last of three was in 2011, and anyone who was there will recall a killer lineup with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Paloma Faith, Baaba Maal, Afro Celt […]

Dance

Berklee opens its doors

Berklee Abu Dhabi has published its first programme of courses, with starts from 1 March. The full swath of Berklee courses at its US base covers a range of performance skills, including for instance musical theatre and composition, and many […]

Education

Berklee comes to Abu Dhabi

The Norman Foster designed UAE Pavilion has finally found a tenant. Originally designed for the 2010 Shanghai Expo and inspired by the Emirate’s sand dunes, the swooping coloured stainless steel clad building has been used only intermittently since it was […]

Architecture

Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want […]

Family

OPINION Music and children: the importance of education

Scientists have always emphasised how equal humans are. But we are differentiated too – through gender and race, through religion and culture. Sometimes these factors have served to separate us and cause divisions in the human race. We are quick […]

Architecture

50 To Follow

Here it is: the 2019 edition of magpie’s 50 To Follow. Like most retrospective lists, it’s intended as a conversation piece. We fully expect you to disagree with our inclusions, and with the (admittedly pretty arbitrary) ranking that we’ve given […]