Rain of Light fes­ti­val re­turns

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - CITY LIFE -

A VISIT TO the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi is al­ways a joy, but this De­cem­ber it will be even more ex­cit­ing than usual.

The Rain of Light Fes­ti­val will be held from De­cem­ber 11 to 15 at the Saadiyat

Is­land mu­seum. Fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional dance and mu­sic, dance bat­tles and street art per­for­mances, the an­nual per­form­ing arts fes­ti­val has been cre­ated to mark the sec­ond cul­tural sea­son of the mu­seum, A

World of Ex­changes, and also cel­e­brate the ar­chi­tec­tural beauty of Lou­vre Abu Dhabi.

The pro­gramme fea­tures a mix of free and tick­eted per­for­mances.

The line-up in­cludes a tra­di­tional Kh­mer dance per­for­mance by the Royal Bal­let of Cam­bo­dia, a show from jug­gler and ma­gi­cian Eti­enne Saglio called The Ghost Project, singer Hindi Zahra per­form­ing her lat­est al­bum Home­land, an an­cient Egyp­tian dance from the Med­hat Fawzy Cen­tre and a vis­ual dis­play from in­no­va­tor Jo­hann Le Guillerm that will see 300 wooden blocks trans­form hour af­ter hour, held to­gether only by the pres­sure of the struc­ture it­self. “Shortly af­ter our one-year an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, the Rain of Light fes­ti­val aims to ex­tend the cross-cul­tural di­a­logue that Lou­vre Abu Dhabi pro­motes within its gal­leries, by bring­ing this di­a­logue to life through a se­ries of per­for­mances tak­ing over var­i­ous spa­ces un­der the dome,” says Manuel Ra­bat, di­rec­tor of Lou­vre Abu Dhabi.

“As a mu­seum, we do not only cel­e­brate an­cient cul­tures, but also con­tem­po­rary cre­ativ­ity from around the world and across art forms.”

Tick­eted per­for­mances are Dhs100 per per­son, with a 20 per­cent discount for Art Club Mem­bers, UAE mil­i­tary, vis­i­tors aged be­tween Àve to 22 and UAE teach­ers.

→ Prices vary. Dec 11-15. Lou­vre

Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Cul­tural Dis­trict, Saadiyat Is­land (600 565566).

“It will cel­e­brate cul­tures and the beauty of the Lou­vre”

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