Concerts, musicals or comedy shows – there’s plenty to look forward to this weekend and the coming week. At the Dubai Opera, Nelson Mandela’s inspiring story comes to life today and tomorrow with the Mandela Trilogy. The musical tribute (right) to the former South African president also celebrates South African music’s variety with traditional Xhosa choral music, 1950s jazz and jive, 1980s struggle songs and 1990s liberation music. Featuring a cast of 30 performers, the show will re-enact defining moments of Mandela’s life, from his tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River to his incarceration on Robben Island, and finally freedom. Show starts at 8pm; tickets from Dh250 at dubaiopera.com.
From November 16-18, Dubai Opera presents Masterpieces of the Ballet Russes (above right). See performances of the two famous ballets – Chopiniana and The Firebird – created by the Ballet Russes, a travelling Parisian ballet company that shut down in 1929. Show starts at 8pm; tickets from Dh250 at dubaiopera.com.
Afrobeats takes centre stage at the One Africa Music Fest on November 16 at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The musical festival will see musicians and singers from all over Africa perform at the Dubai edition of this global festival that has already made its way to London and New York. The line-up boasts biggest acts from the continent including Nigerian singers Wiz Kida and Tiwa Savage (right, below), and Kenya’s Sauti Sol. From 9pm-3am; tickets from Dh250 at platinumlist.net.
For a flashback Friday, attend the Uriah Heep concert happening today at The Secret Garden at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. The English rock band known for classics such as Lady in Black and Gypsy will be performing their signature hits at the show. Dubai-based band Carl and The Reda Mafia will open for them. From 7.30pm-3am; tickets from Dh250 at platinumlist.net.
Canadian electronic music festival MUTEK is making its Dubai debut on November 16 with a three-day micro festival at W Dubai, Al Habtoor City. It differs from mainstream EDM fests as it focuses on and celebrates digital creativity, too; you’ll see performances by American DJ Jeff Mills as well as Russian audio-visual artist Dasha Rush and local artists such as Abri and The Dreamfleet. The festival will also host discussions and workshops. From 8pm-3am; tickets from Dh260 at platinumlist.net.
For laughs, head to Omid Djalili’s stand-up show at the Music Hall tomorrow as part of his world tour. The British comic and actor (above left) known for his roles in films Notting Hill and Pirates of the Caribbean will be performing twice tomorrow – once at 6pm and a second show at 9pm. Tickets from Dh195 at platinumlist.net.
Indian comedian Vipul Shah, of the Indian web series Humorously Yours, performs at The Junction from November 16-17. The electrical engineer-turned-comedian takes the driest topics and turns them into a hoot. Tickets from Dh125 at platinumlist.net.