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Louvre Abu Dhabi Celebrates National Day with Emirati Cultural Performances and Educational Workshops
Att.Editors: The following item is from the Emirates News Agency (WAM)

ABU DHABI,Nov 30 (WAM) - Louvre Abu Dhabi will celebrate the 46th National Day of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a programme of cultural performances and educational workshops to celebrate Emirati heritage.

These include a Maalid performance, the art of recitation in celebration of the Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birth; Nahmat Al Bahar (sea chants) under the museum’s dome inspired by the museum on the sea and on dhows; and Al Ayyala. Emirati handcraft artisans will be demonstrating the art forms of Talli, Sadu- Khous and Barrag’a. These performances are part of the visitors’ general admission ticket and complimentary for Art Club members.

Each day, there will be a series of special workshops dedicated to the National Day celebrations. In ‘Create Your Own Jewellery’, participants will mould works from clay, inspired by the pendant with animal pairs dating back to 2000–1300 BCE on loan from National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah displayed in the museum. ‘Inspirations from the UAE’ focuses on objects from the region on display at Louvre Abu Dhabi, and invites participants to create their own artwork.

Guided tours will highlight the Emirati artworks and artefacts on display in the museum’s galleries, and the local influences which inspired the iconic architecture.

Although the UAE celebrates its 46th anniversary this National Day, Abu Dhabi is steeped in history, with evidence of human settlements in the lands stretching back 7,000 years and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Al Ain Oasis to explore. Visitors can learn more from the display of artefacts loaned from national museums to Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is a museum city (medina) which combines traditional Arabic inspiration with contemporary design and engineering. Waterfront promenades overlook the sea underneath the iconic dome, comprised of 7,850 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a cinematic ‘rain of light’, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases. (WAM) (END/2017)


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