By Sam Bridge
Abu Dhabi Festival has announced its headline acts for 2020, will feature more than 380 international artists
Abu Dhabi Festival has announced its headline acts for 2020, with the event being closed by two-time Grammy Award-winning Gregory Porter.
Now in its 17th year, the festival will present 46 events across 15 venues, feature more than 380 international artists from 11 different countries, masterpieces by more than 19 composers, three co-productions and commissions, four Arab-world debuts, three world premieres and two world tours by a distinguished mix of artists and genres across poetry and theatre, opera, ballet, orchestra and jazz.
To be held in March and April, the festival’s theme for 2020 is to celebrate ‘Towards the Next 50’.
"As the UAE approaches 50 years of achievement, we are unified by our values of respect, tolerance, mutual understanding and investing in our youth for a more successful, joyful nation," a statement said.
Headine acts include the Arab world debut of The Cleveland Orchestra, widely acknowledged as being among the world’s very best, which will perform with British baritone Sir Simon Keenlyside and world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma while there will also be performances by one of the world’s leading dance companies, American Ballet Theatre.
Concluding the festival’s headline programme will be singer and songwriter Gregory Porter, who rose to acclaim in the 2010s with his earthy, cross-pollinated brand of jazz, soul, and gospel.
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