10 things to do today: go on a cultural tour in Al Ain, attend Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and more
Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for May 3, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Aarti Jhurani rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.
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Spend time with Emirati women and families in their homes and farms to learn more about the local culture, as part of the Travel Through Our Traditions tour, organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority and the Al Ain National Museum. The tour will include activities and demonstrations that highlight traditional wedding rituals and their importance in the UAE community. The tour starts from Al Ain Museum, followed by a trip to the gold market to learn how to distinguish between the different sizes and shapes of gold, and culminates with a visit to an Emirati house.
Today and May 10, 10am, tour departs from Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain, www.tcaabudhabi.ae
Attend Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse with Tugan Sokhiev and Edgar Moreau: The Music of 1,001 Nights. As part of the Abu Dhabi Classics series, the orchestra will perform works by Nielsen, Saint-Saëns and Berlioz in a fantasy-like atmosphere that captures the colourful characters of the stories of 1,001 Nights.
Tonight, 8pm, tickets cost from Dh100, UAE University Great Hall, Crescent Building, Al Ain, www.abudhabiclassics.ae
Send your application now to be a part of Alliance Française’s Musicians Day celebrations at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi. Sign up for free by sending in a short presentation or demo, and be a part of the event, where guest stars Cyberberes, MAM and TRIBU will perform.
Last day to send in application is Friday, Musicians Day is on May 19, 1 pm to 11pm, ground floor, The Mall at World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, register at culture@afabudhabiorg, or WhatsApp 055 666 8901
Discounted tickets for the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are only available until the end of this month. Take advantage of the GP Parks Pass for unlimited access to the Yas Island parks – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. For every three-day adult grandstand ticket, one child under 12 will get free Friday entry to that grandstand, plus, free access to the Yas Island parks.
November 24 to 26, from Dh1,120 for three-day Abu Dhabi Hill package until May 31, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, 800 927, www.yasmarinacircuit.com
In Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, the sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning, Katappa (Sathyaraj) continues to tell the story of why he killed his close aide Amarendra Bahubali (Prabhas). Amarendra falls in love with an outspoken princess Devasena (Anushka Shetty), which angers the queen mother, Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan), who takes away his throne and makes her second son, Bhalla Deva (Rana Dagubatti), the king instead. She later finds out about Bhalla’s devious plan to destroy Bahubali and flees with Amarendra’s son to save his life. When Mahendra Bahubali grows up, he learns of the story and sets out to take revenge. Fantasy drama, directed by S S Rajamouli, in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, with English and Arabic subtitles. Also starring Tamannaah Bhatia, Nassar and Subbaraju.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (15+)
Book your spot at a drawing workshop for adults at thejamjar. Learn how to draw a life figure in charcoal and pastels under the guidance of Nirupama Sibal. There will be a model posing at the workshop. Materials will be provided.
Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30 pm, Dh200, thejamjar, Unit 74, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 341 7303 to sign up
Book your tickets now to attend a performance featuring Sri Lankan musicians at The Music Room. The line-up includes popular artists such as Chitral Somapala (pictured), known as the Asian voice of metal; award-winning reggae performers Jayasri Twins and Duween – an up and coming contemporary artist.
Tomorrow, 8pm, Dh100, The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Mankhool Road, Dubai, www.facebook.com/MusicRoomDubai
Get tickets for Laugh-a-Thon and catch the final two shows of the urban comedy series that features top comedians from various parts of India. At 7pm, popular stand-up comic Abish Mathew (pictured) presents his set featuring original songs and silent, one-man sketches. At 9pm, Zakir Khan will perform his new-era slapstick comedy, which takes on themes of adulthood, dating and family. Mathew performs in English and Khan in Hindi.
May 13, 7pm for Abish Mathew; 9pm for Zakir Khan, from Dh150; Dh225 for both, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Illuminated Space features abstract paintings by the artist Samia Halaby inspired by the contours of living organisms, such as soft edges of plant life, as well as the interplays of light in an urban environment. Pictured: Volcano
Daily until June 17, 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to 6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, 11 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242, www.ayyamgallery.com
Book tickets to see the British rock band Status Quo perform at Dubai Opera, as part of their Last Night of the Electrics Final Tour, which has been extended in honour of the band’s guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died in December. Some of their popular hits include In the Army Now, Rockin’ All Over the World and Pictures of Matchstick Men.
October 27, 9pm, from Dh195, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Updated: May 3, 2017 04:00 AM