By Lubna Hamdan
2015 festival will be staged from Feb 11 to 21 and is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
Named after Abu Dhabi’s symbolic birth place, the Qasr Al Hosn annual festival will take place in Abu Dhabi from February 11 to 21, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
The event will celebrate traditional and modern Emirati heritage and culture, through a series of curated programs held under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
“With Qasr Al Hosn Festival, we are not just celebrating monuments; we are celebrating the people that have carried the story of a nation generation-to-generation. We are looking to illustrate the importance of conserving the fort as a symbol of great significance in Emirati history, protecting our national identity and heritage through passing down our most valued traditions,” said HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. “We’re looking to celebrating our recent history through a compelling narrative using modern-day tools to recreate historic experiences,” he added.
This year’s festival edition is inspired by two themes: Abu Dhabi’s traditional heritage, which is embodied by the Qasr Al Hosn Fort itself, and the modern heritage, which will be showcased at the Cultural Foundation Building through a series of activities.
Festival visitors will be able to enjoy exhibitions and tours of the fort, as well as diverse activities, workshops, and performances in the newly reopened Cultural Foundation Building.
Activities will include Emirati folk songs, poetry recitals, live music performances, short film viewings, arts and crafts workshops, and the popular “Gahwa,” a beautiful up-to-date setting where on comers can share local coffee drinking traditions.
The festival will also organise morning school trips where students can explore the fort and experience the event’s activities.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
The festivel itself is quite nice. my onlu cooment would be on the current status of the cultural foundation. This beautifull modernest building is being neglected for no clear reason for the past 4- years. Previously the CF was serving the public in many usefull ways.