The Louvre, Abu Dhabi is due to open on the 11th November and looks set to do so in style, with a wonderful four-day, family friendly event to celebrate the opening.
The museum will host a diverse festival from the 11th-14th November. On the first day performances will happen during the day from 10am. In the subsequent days performances will start in the afternoon. There will be a final headlining act each night to start at 9pm.
With remarkable artists headlining the concerts each night, and a lively program during the day with live performance, and workshops the Louvre looks like THE place to be.
The opening represents a wonderful initiative that aims to celebrate the Museum opening while also promoting and giving the opportunity to learn about diversity across the world and aims to engage people and children of all ages.
Over the course of the four days art, music, dance and workshops for children are combined.
Many of the performances will be free to attend. There is limited capacity though so make sure to arrive early!
The headlining performances each night, will start at 9pm and cost 200 AED per person.
Some of the highlights to look out for:
- 10am - FREE. Al Ayaala: This special dance from the UAE is recognised by UNSECO as "living tangible heritage".
- 11am – 5pm – FREE. Surprise dance performances by choreographer Lucinda Childs, will take place inside the Museum galleries over the day.
- Other exciting performances worth mentioning: Chinese parade of lions and dragons, Oud player Faisal Al Saari, Korean ensemble with Vietnamese Guitarist, Group F – music, video and light show.
- 9pm – 200 AED p.p. The mighty M (Mattheiu Cheddid) promises a lively performance with crunching guitar, soaring vocals. His music is multifaceted and covers an extensive range of music genres within.
- 7pm- FREE. Hind Mezaina: Music TV. A video montage of "found footage" from UAE television channels from the 1970's-1990. An evocative collective memory.
- 9pm: 200 AED p.p. The pioneering Fatoumata Diawara is originally from Mali in West Africa. Her work engages with different disciplines in dance and song, as well as acting. Her performance will showcase the traditional "wassoulou" folk music tradition from Mali, but will do so with her own unique voice.
- 6pm - FREE. The internationally recognised Samoan Lemi Ponifasio presents a dramatic oratory performance. Lemi is also the "high chief" of Samoa. This performance is a unique opportunity to see his work.
- 7.30pm - FREE. DrFloy and Sumanthi collaborate in an East meets West, heart pounding, feet moving, music performance. Rich Indian vocals collide with deep pounding raga beats.
- 9pm – 200 AED p.p. Trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf will play a Jazz rendition of the traditional Arabian tale – A thousand and one nights. The instrumentalist has been highly recognised and awarded, particularly in France for his work.
- 7.30pm - FREE. India flute player Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will treat Abu Dhabi to a performance of virtuoso magnificence. Having studied with Indian masters since he was 15 years, Pandit has also forged his own path through traditional music creating beautiful pieces that respect tradition but also innovate.
- 9pm – 200 AED p.p. The great Toto La Momposina will be the final headliner and performs with song and dance. Her voice resonates passion and power, while the music blends the rich traditions of the Caribbean, Native Indian, Spanish and African traditions. She received the WOMEX lifetime achievement award in 2006.
For more details about the event and to purchase headline performance tickets refer to the Museum website: https://www.louvreabudhabi.ae/