10 things to do today: Visit the Street Food Market on Yas Island, register for the Darkness Into Light walk, and more
Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for May 5, 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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Visit the two-weekend Street Food Market on its opening day to sample fare from some of the best street food vendors. Featuring more than 20 home-grown pop-ups and food trucks serving fusion, burgers, hot dogs, pastas and more, the family event also has activities for children and adults, hula-hooping, mechanical bull rides, live performances and local DJs.
Today and tomorrow, May 12 and May 13, 12pm to midnight, free, limited spaces available, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasisland.ae
Head to Yas Links to enjoy an open day at its golf academy. There are activities for the entire family – individual and group tuitions, a bouncy castle, face painting, pop-up shops and a variety of games and activities. There will also be exclusive offers on golf memberships, green fees and lessons offered on the day.
Today, 11am to 3pm, Academy building, Yas Links, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasisland.ae
Watch film screenings as part of On Arab Geographies, a programme by Image Nation and Cinema Akil, showcasing critically acclaimed contemporary Arab films. The eight films include feature-lengths and shorts, from the UAE, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia and Lebanon, among others. Today, take a tour of the exhibition The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence, sit in on a panel discussion about Portraying Geographies in Film, and watch Nyerkuk by Mohamed Kordofani, Nearby Sky by Nujoom Al Ghanem (pictured), Omnia by Amna Al Nowais and Geographies by Chaghig Arzoumanian. The last three screenings will be followed by a Q&A.
Daily until May 6, tour at 2pm, panel discussion at 4pm, Nyerkuk at 5.30pm, Nearby Sky at 6pm, Omnia at 8pm, Geographies at 8.20pm, seats available on first-come, first-served basis, Manarat Al Saadiyat Theatre, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, for more information, search “On Arab Geographies” on Facebook
Register to take part in a 5-kilometre walk in support of mental-health awareness. Darkness Into Light is a worldwide event in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation, which is dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research. The walk will begin in the dark in the early morning and continue as the sun rises.
May 6, 4.30am, Dh96, meets at The St Regis Abu Dhabi Nation Riviera Beach Club, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/darknessintolightabudhabi
Spark: A Space Tail is the story of Spark (Jace Norman), a wisecracking monkey who lives with his friends Chunk (Rob deLeeuw) and Vix (Jessica Biel) on an abandoned planet. Zhong (Alan C Peterson), who seized control of the planet and wiped out Spark’s family 13 years ago, now wants to destroy the entire universe, and only Spark can stop him. Animation adventure comedy directed by Aaron Woodley, also featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon, Hilary Swank and Patrick Stewart.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE (G)
Attend a concert by Rodion Pogossov as part of the World Classical Music Series. The baritone will be accompanied by pianist Semjon Skigin in a programme that includes pieces by Mozart and Strauss, as well as selections from popular musicals.
Tonight, doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8pm, from Dh250, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Head to the final event of season 5 of Groove on the Grass, the UAE’s home-grown electronic music and arts festival, headlined by German musician/producer Ellen Allien, plus Octave One, Kenny Glasgow (pictured) and Hunter/Game. Plus visit the fashion and arts marketplace, and find activities and food and beverages from vendors.
Tonight, 5pm to 3am, from Dh180, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Take your little ones to Motiongate Dubai to check out How to Train Your Dragon Land – featuring 12 action-packed rides and attractions, including four live experiences, four themed dining outlets and five themed retail stores. Based on the animated film franchise, the rides include Swinging Viking, a thrilling ship adventure, flagship rollercoaster Dragon Gliders, and Camp Viking, an interactive, adventure play area with dragon-training tools and duelling Viking ships.
11am to 8pm, tickets cost from Dh250, Motiongate Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, www.dubaiparksandresorts.com
Check out performances by some of the finest Indian classical musicians as part of Indian Classical Forum at Ductac. Artists include Aruna Sairam, J A Jayanth (pictured), Bombay Jayashri and Ramakrishnan Murthy.
Today and tomorrow, 11am, 4pm and 7pm, tickets start from Dh75, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.platinumlist.net
Documentary Drawings of the Kafr Qasem Massacre by Samia Halaby features a series of drawings from a long-standing project that depicts the murders of 49 Palestinian civilians by Israeli border guards in 1956. The images were created after more than a decade of research by Halaby, including interviews with survivors and relatives, translated documents and gathered images. Pictured: The Kafr Qasem Massacre of 1956, Killing in the Northern Fields
Daily until June 17, 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to 6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242, www.ayyamgallery.com
Updated: May 5, 2017 04:00 AM