Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Top 10: Attend a performance of Nanta, see a screening of Korean film 'A Taxi Driver'

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Catch a performance of the non-verbal show Nanta as part of the Korea Festival 2017
Catch a performance of the non-verbal show Nanta as part of the Korea Festival 2017

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Attend a performance of Nanta, which was the first Asian musical to debut on Broadway, as part of Korea Festival 2017. The non-verbal show features kitchen utensils, including knives, used as percussion instruments. Combined with a comedic stage show about another busy day in the kitchen, enjoy an acrobatic cooking event with a surprise wedding and a dumpling challenge.

Today, 5pm, CEC in Al Ain, free, register to attend at www.koreafestivaluae.com

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Film screening

Cinema Space presents a screening of the Korean film A Taxi Driver as part of Korean Film Days in collaboration with the Korean Arab Society, Korean Cultural Center and Cinema Akil. The film is based on a true story set in 1980. Man-seob is a taxi driver in Seoul, a widower who is raising his young daughter. He takes a foreign journalist to the town of Gwangju, where the citizens are rising up against the military government, leading to a life-or-death situation for Man-seob and his fare.

Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

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Fitness classes

Bodytree Studio presents two new classes to the signature Bodytree Body programme. BTB Shred with Anissa takes strength to the next level, using heavier weights in a circuit structure, ending with active recovery. BTB Bounce with Anya is a metabolic-supporting exercise that involves toning and cardio on a trampoline. Registration is required for BTB Bounce.

Sundays, 9.45am to 10.45am for BTB Shred; Tuesdays, 8.45am to 9.45am for BTB Bounce, Dh90 per class, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

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See the exhibition Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965, which examines the New York art scene, from the abstract expressionism in the 1950s to the pop-art and minimalism of the 1960s. The establishment of artist-run galleries saw artists expanding downtown Manhattan towards the industrial areas, thus acquiring spaces that shaped the creation and exhibition of their art. See more than 200 works by more than 50 artists including installation and performance art.

Daily until January 13, noon to 8pm (closed Sundays), NYUAD Art Gallery, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artgallery.org

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Fitness event

Run the 884 steps of the National Stadium at Zayed Sports City at TrainZSC presented by Daman ActiveLife. The weekly vertical training sessions are a great workout that starts with a warm-up, ends with a cool-down and includes an optional fitness challenge at each quadrant focusing on arms and core. There will also be a bouncy castle for the little ones to enjoy, and free BMI screenings.

Mondays, 6pm to 9pm, free with registration, ages 12+, National Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at trainzsc.com


Open call

The International Women Photographers Award (IWPA) has issued an open call for entries for the 2018 competitions under the theme of Visible-Invisible and a free theme. The IWPA is organised in collaboration with Alliance Francaise Dubai and Canon Middle East, and is open to women photographers from all over the world. The works of 11 shortlisted candidates will be on display at La Galerie starting in March.

Submissions open until December 15, age 18+, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, www.iwpa.fr


Comedy show

Buy tickets to see comedian Jason Manford as he launches his Muddle Class tour in Dubai on New Year’s Eve. The British comedian returns with an intimate gig, in which he explores life growing up working class. Then ring in the new year with DJ Gail playing top hits, plus a view of the fireworks. Additional shows will take place in Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi.

December 31, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8.30pm, from Dh195, Al Thuray Ballroom, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai; January 4, DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa, Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah; January 5, Ballroom, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi, www.thelaughterfactory.com


Informational talk

Attend an informational talk with the organisation Gulf for Good about their 2018 challenges that take place overseas and support children’s charities. Ask questions about the challenges, how to join, the fitness factor and more with likeminded adventurers.

Tonight, from 7.30pm, Adventure HQ, Times Square, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 368 0222, marketing@gulf4good.org



Egyptian photographer Habby Khalil presents the exhibition Raya and Sakina at The Empty Quarter. The artist explores the story of Alexandria’s most infamous killers, Raya and Sakina, in black and white images symbolising the eternal conflict and interdependence between different beliefs. Pictured: Confession

Daily until January 11, 10am to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), The Empty Quarter, Building 2, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai, 04 323 1210, www.theemptyquarter.com


Culinary event

Book tickets to attend The Night of the Stars as part of the 9th Italian Cuisine World Summit, presented by the Italian Embassy. Enjoy a dining experience prepared by 15 Michelin-starred chefs from Italy and around the world, as well as live cooking, demonstrations and more.

Wednesday, from 7.30pm, from Dh490 per person, The Penthouse, Five Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 455 9988, fpjd@fivehotelsandresorts.com