His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Founding Honorary Patron

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Founding Honorary Patron

Pearl Diver’s Daughter takes audiences on an immersive journey during Abu Dhabi Festival 2023

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 24 March 2023:

Under the honorary patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Founding Honorary Patron, the special 20th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival held under the theme “The Will for Evolution” saw music, dance and story come together during the presentation of Pearl Diver’s Daughter at Cultural Foundation on 19 March, cowritten by Emirati writer Maitha Al Khayat and Company | E’s Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Paul G. Emerson, with music by Emirati composer Eman Al Hashimi.

Co-produced by the Abu Dhabi Festival, the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Cultural Foundation, the augmented reality-based performance blends cutting-edge technology with choreography, music and narrative. Featuring Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, Mayssa Karaa as the storyteller, the performance took audiences of all ages on a journey beneath the waves of the Gulf to tell the tale of family, tradition and the perils of the diver.

Her Excellency Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, said:“Abu Dhabi Festival was founded two decades ago with a mission to present the greatest works by artists from around the world as well as from our home in the United Arab Emirates. The innovative work by Emirati writer Maitha Al Khayat and Emirati composer Eman Al Hashimi is a testament to our nation’s exceptional creative potential. 

Cross-cultural collaboration is a core pillar on which the Festival is built, and we are pleased to partner with the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Cultural Foundation to co-produce the longest augmented reality experience fusing together cutting-edge technology, narrative and contemporary dance. The story we have come together to tell with Company E is one of Emirati heritage and is a symbol of the legacy, creativity and innovation that define our nation and its progressive future,” Her Excellency continued.

Abu Dhabi Festival 2023 is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, Assistant to His Highness the President of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority for Women’s Affairs, and Chairperson of the Higher Committee for Ataya Initiative. The Festival is also supported by its Lead Partner Mubadala.

Abu Dhabi Festival 2023 will present exclusive commissions and productions, along with local, regional, and global premieres, in addition to a series of world-class events that include musical tours, panel discussions, and workshops. Additional information on the Abu Dhabi Festival programme and ticket booking details are available at abudhabifestival.ae/programme-2023/


About the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF):

Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) was established in 1996 as one of the earliest cultural foundations in the Gulf region and Arab world. ADMAF supports the sustainability and creativity of the cultural industry and contributes to enriching Abu Dhabi as a cultural beacon by offering a wide array of initiatives, often in partnership with leading national and international institutions, including Abu Dhabi Festival and several youth and societal programs and platforms, to support creative talents in the UAE and abroad. For more information, please visit: www.admaf.org

About Abu Dhabi Festival

Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Nahyan

Founded in 2004, the Festival was generously granted the patronage of the President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, from 2007 to 2011. The first Abu Dhabi Festival was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the then Minister of Information and Culture (currently the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation).

Abu Dhabi Festival is the festival of “Bilad Al Khayr”, the land of blessings, the land of Zayed, and embraces the values of dialogue, tolerance, respect and peace. The annual Festival commissions, produces, preserves and presents the greatest works of music and art to create rich cultural experiences in the UAE and beyond as part of its commitment to building and sustaining the nation’s creative economy.

For more information, please visit www.abudhabifestival.ae

About Mubadala 

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 $284 billion (AED 1045 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.    

For more information about Mubadala Investment Company, please visit: www.mubadala.com

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