WEIRD AND WON­DER­FUL

Friday - - Personality -

If you’ve missed out on the Dubai World Cup tick­ets there’s an equally ex­cit­ing eques­trian event hap­pen­ing to­day and to­mor­row at Al Ain’s Jahili Fort – a unique eques­trian chore­og­ra­phy. Di­rected by Bartabas, the founder of Na­tional Eques­trian Academy of Ver­sailles, the show has 30 horses from the academy per­form­ing clas­si­cal dres­sage, dance, fenc­ing and poetry to clas­si­cal scores by Bach, Stravin­sky and Mon­teverdi. The show is one of many events of­fered as part of the Emi­rati-French Cul­tural Pro­gramme. Tick­ets are from Dh50 at 800tick­ets.com

An­other one-of-a-kind ex­pe­ri­ence you can try out this week­end is The Void – a hy­per­re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence that has been brought to Dubai by Mer­aas and opens to­day. Lo­cated at The Beach, au­di­ences can walk through New York City and the Ghost­busters uni­verse from the pop­u­lar film in the vir­tual ex­pe­ri­ence called Ghost­busters: Di­men­sion. Once you’ve donned a cus­tomised head­set, hap­tic vest, back­pack com­puter and track­ing sys­tem the phys­i­cal props and sets and real-time in­ter­ac­tive ef­fects recre­ate the ex­pe­ri­ence of what it is like to be a Ghost­buster track­ing and trap­ping a su­per­nat­u­ral foe. Un­like other vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences, The Void is a so­cial ac­tiv­ity that al­lows au­di­ences to con­nect with each other in the vir­tual en­vi­ron­ment through sight, sound, touch, smell, and mo­tion. Visit the­beach.ae

High-volt­age fun gets lit­eral at the Lords of Light­ning – Fre­quency Rider show. The global act har­nesses the power of en­ergy and elec­tric­ity ex­per­i­ments at the Mother of the Na­tion Fes­ti­val, which runs from March 26-April 4. Us­ing a Tesla Coil, which har­nesses two mil­lion volts of elec­tric­ity, the per­form­ers shoot light­ning bolts at a range of sonic fre­quen­cies com­bin­ing mu­sic, dance and physics. The Lords of Light­ning – Fre­quency Rider per­for­mance will take place close to the main stage at Abu Dhabi Cor­niche.

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