x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Iraqi Maqam singer to end workshops

As Splendours of Mesopotamia enters its last weekend, the final workshop features an Iraqi singer and Bedouin poet.

ABU DHABI // An Iraqi singer will tonight bring down the curtain on the cultural workshops being held alongside the Splendours of Mesopotamia exhibition on Saadiyat Island.

Artscape NEO Babylon will finish with a performance of Maqam, a traditional Iraqi form of singing, by Farida Mohammed Ali and the Iraq Maqam Ensemble.

"This is my second visit to Abu Dhabi and hopefully not my last," said Ali, who is based in Amsterdam.

"We will provide Maqam Dasht and also some Iraqi old songs known by the Iraqi community and the Arab community."

She will be joined by the Syrian poet Omar Al Farra, who will recite Bedouin and contemporary Arabic poetry.

Workshops accompanying the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) exhibition, which opened on March 28, have included lessons on tablet writing in ancient script, building rudimentary scales and creating clay sculptures based on Mesopotamian figures.

The workshop programme will continue and expand with the next exhibition being held at Manarat al Saadiyat, which will be Emirati Expressions beginning on October 19.

Artscape NEO Babylon runs between 7pm and 10pm. Admission is free.

Splendours of Mesopotamia ends on Monday.

zalhassani@thenational.ae