FES­TI­VAL SEA­SON

Friday - - The Leisure Charts -

Abu Dhabi is a fes­tive mood this week­end and next with three unique fes­ti­vals tak­ing over the cap­i­tal. Al Muneera Plaza gets into luau mode with Aloha Abu Dhabi fes­ti­val. On un­til April 1, the beach­side life­style fes­ti­val will show­case mu­si­cians, street per­form­ers, a culi­nary bazaar and 60 fash­ion pop-ups fea­tur­ing spring fash­ion and ac­ces­sories from the UAE. Watch out for the light, sound, and fire show in the evenings. Visit alo­haabud­habi.ae

Emi­rati food steals the show at the Flavours Fes­ti­val at Umm Al Emarat Park un­til April 8. There are 150 food tents and street food trucks, an ul­ti­mate burger chal­lenge, quiz com­pe­ti­tions, live cook­ing demon­stra­tions and shows. Visit fla­vors­fes­ti­val.ae

There’s more than K-Pop and Gang­nam to South Korean pop­u­lar cul­ture as you’ll see at the Korean Film Fes­ti­val in Yas Mall or­gan­ised by the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of Korea, Korean Cul­tural Cen­tre and the Con­sulate Gen­eral of the Repub­lic of Korea. From April 5-8 Vox Cine­mas will screen eight Korean fea­ture films that range from the zom­bie thriller Train to Bu­san to fam­ily drama The World of Us. All films will have English sub­ti­tles. Visit k-filmfest.com for list­ings and reser­va­tions.

In Dubai, street cul­ture fes­ti­val Ur­ban Beats is ex­hibit­ing the best of ex­treme sports, ur­ban mu­sic and street art at The Beach un­til April 1. Grav­ity-de­fy­ing stunts by BXM rid­ers such as James Jones, slack­lin­ing pro­fes­sion­als like Mickey Wil­son and skate­board­ers are high­lights of the fes­ti­val that also has graf­fiti art by lo­cal graf­fiti artist Lee Wicks. There’s also a break­dance con­test at the venue hosted by Out­break Europe. Hip hop DJ James De Valera will be play­ing street mu­sic with MC Scott Pen­man. Free en­try; 4pm-8pm.

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