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Abu Dhabi Festival Kicks Off GOF2021 with Episode 1

Abu Dhabi Festival Kicks Off GOF2021 with Episode 1

Featuring participating artists from UAE, Egypt, Tunisia, and Iraq

Abu Dhabi Festival Kicks Off GOF2021 with Episode 1

The episode featured unique musical performances and touched upon the history and present of the oud in the region.

As part of the special commissioning and production works and under the sponsorship of its lead partner Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), the 18th edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival (ADF), held under the theme ‘The Future Starts Now’, streamed the first eposide of the Global Oud Forum (GOF) 2021 across all its digital channels.

Episode one featured performances by Bechir Gharbi of Tunisia, Faisal Al Saari of the UAE, Sadiq Jaafar of Iraq and a Trio performance by Islam Taha, Eslam Abdelaziz and Salma Mokhtar from Egypt.

The episode shed light on the crafts of the luthier Amr Fawzi, who heads the Arab Oud House workshop in Abu Dhabi, which has witnessed much innovation in the musical instruments manufacturing industry. Moreover, academic writer, Dr. Noura Al Mazroui, offered excerpts from her research on the history and present of oud in the Gulf region and means of its globalization.

Abu Dhabi Festival continues its global events and performances, where it will present on May 29th, at 8:00 p.m. (UAE time), the second episode of Global Oud Forum series of episodes.

Held between March 25th and June 15th, GOF2021 consists of a unique series of seven TV-format episodes that will highlight the insights of academics and experts in the fields of music and arts, the history and development of the oud and how the instrument is integrated into today’s digital music industry. The forum will also offer extensive reports on six distinguished oud makers from across the Arab world, with the participation of 27 oud musicians from 14 countries to play several compositions written specifically for Oud.

Held under the theme ‘The Future Starts Now’, the year-long programme for the 18th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival combines a unique hybrid programme of virtual and in-person performances, exhibitions, and events leveraging the latest digital technology, and with the participation of over 500 artists from more than 50 countries. The Festival will provide audiences with 16 exciting world premieres, 12 festival productions, eight global co-productions and four exclusive commissions, with 1 global music tour.

About Abu Dhabi Festival

Founded in 2004, Abu Dhabi Festival was initially a small arts and culture platform that soon graduated to one of the world’s premiere annual events. Held in the UAE, it celebrates artistic and creative excellence, and promotes the role of music and the arts in bringing nations closer. It also promotes Abu Dhabi as a leading global hub for creativity and as an Emirati beacon for respect and tolerance.

Strengthened by a growing network of 30 international partners, the festival brings audiences together each year to enjoy world premieres and exclusive commissions in the UAE and around the world.

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation

Founded in 1996, ADMAF is one of the oldest, not-for-profit cultural organisations in the Arabian Gulf. Pioneering new artistic practices, it seeks to deepen global cross-cultural dialogue and inspire a renewed interest in the creativity of the UAE and Arab world. Often in partnership with leading national and international institutions, it delivers multidisciplinary initiatives for people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities through the Abu Dhabi Festival, year-round youth platforms and community programmes.

About Mubadala Investment Company

Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio, aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi.

Mubadala’s $243.4 billion (AED 894 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profit, while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the economy of the United Arab Emirates.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Mubadala has offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Beijing.

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