The Arts Center at NYUAD goes for membership. Could be a bargain …

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi has been refining its offer in the last year or so. First came priced tickets, which fixed one of the problems with freebies (no-shows) and helped out with another (it’s expensive running an arts centre, even one subsidised by the university as a public good).

Still, AED 100 isn’t a bad base price for the quality of the shows on offer. Now comes Phase Two, a sensibly packaged membership programme; this guarantees ticket(s) to every Arts Center production for the season plus discounts on guest tickets, early bookings, member-only events, and – importantly– a tote bag and pin branded for The Arts Center.

The membership fee could represent a significant discount if you go to most or all or the Center’s productions. You also get early-bird access, a week earlier than the general public for shows in 2018 (and early access for the January to May season when those events go on sale). The programming is so good hat many of the Arts Center events will be sold out, so this could be useful.

On top of that, members get unique, advance and/or free access to over 20 artist residencies showcasing music, dance, theatre, family shows, film, spoken word, and Off The Stage events (which are workshops, talks, and masterclasses hosted by visiting artists).

Three membership packages are available – single (one ticket for every production) at AED 750; dual (two tickets) for AED 1,400; and family (two adults plus two youth tickets) for AED 2,100.

Apply here.

In summary:

  • One or more ticket/s to every public production at The Arts Center this season, depending on the membership type
  • Early ticket booking for all shows, including any free events. Members can book shows a week earlier than the general public for events this year; you’ll also get early access for the January – May season
  • Priority access when more tickets are released for sold-out shows
  • Invitations to member-only events (though as yet we don’t know what they might be) and behind-the-scenes events like artist meet and greets, backstage tours, and “community dinners”
  • Advance invitations to Off The Stage events (these are listed in the sidebar on the relevant Arts Center web page for the main event)
  • Discounts on guest/companion tickets (no word yet on how big a discount and how many discounted tickets you get. It depend on membership type, but currently there’s nothing on the website that tells you any more than that)
  • That limited-edition branded tote bag and pin

Single Membership – AED 750

  • One ticket to each production throughout the 2018-19 season (September to May)
  • Special rates for companions

Dual Membership – AED 1,400

  • Up to two tickets to each production throughout the season
  • Special rates for companions

Family Membership – AED 2,100

  • Up to four tickets to each production throughout the season – two adults, two youths under 22
  • Special rates for companions

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