The Six: Stars at Dubai charity gala

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The Oscar-award-winning American actress is not new at championing humanitarian causes. (AFP)
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Updated 04 December 2018
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The Six: Stars at Dubai charity gala

DUBAI: A handful of celebrities will be in Dubai on Friday for the Brilliant Is Beautiful charity gala, sponsored by Swiss luxury watch brand Bovet 1822. Proceeds go to Dubai Cares and the Brilliant Is Beautiful Global Fund for Women and Girls’ Education.

Ben Stiller
The American actor and producer has appeared in numerous comedy blockbusters in Hollywood. He is a board member of the Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), a US-based non-profit organization.

Susan Sarandon
The Oscar-award-winning American actress is not new at championing humanitarian causes. She was a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and was a recipient of the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.

Sarah Ferguson
The Duchess of York, otherwise known as Fergie, is one of the event’s hosts. The writer, film producer and TV personality is mother of the princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Madeleine Stowe
Also an APJ board member, Stowe appeared mostly on American TV shows before she became known for her role in “Stakeout,” a crime-comedy film in 1987.

Caroline Stanbury
Now based in Dubai, the actress is known for her role on the British TV show “Ladies of London.” She is also is a member of APJ’s advisory board.

Kris Fade
This Australian-Lebanese radio jock is the event’s MC. He hosts his own breakfast radio show, which airs on 104.4 Virgin Radio Dubai.


Abu Dhabi Festival reveals exciting 2019 lineup

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Abu Dhabi Festival reveals exciting 2019 lineup

  •  Dubbed ADF19, the festival will feature more than 100 events across 25 venues in Abu Dhabi, including 18 productions, two co-productions and two commissioned artworks
  • The festival will also shed light on artists with disabilities, with the central theme announced as “Culture of Determination”

The month-long Abu Dhabi Festival, set to be held in March 2019, announced its art-and-culture filled lineup in a press conference at the Emirates Palace hotel on Monday, with the packed itinerary set to entertain culture vultures in the capital in what will be the festival’s 16th edition.

Dubbed ADF19, the festival will feature more than 100 events across 25 venues in Abu Dhabi, including 18 productions, two co-productions and two commissioned artworks. If that isn’t enough, the festival will also feature more than 500 artists from 17 different countries.

The festival’s headline program includes performances by the Korean National Ballet — set to perform “Giselle,” a romantic ballet about a peasant girl with a passion for dance — and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Korea has been singled out as ASF19’s “Country of Honor” and organizers are focusing on sharing its classical talent with audiences in the Middle East.

“Abu Dhabi Festival… has been contributing enormously to the region’s intercultural competence, so I’m very happy that Korea could be a part of the wonderful celebration,” the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the UAE Kang-ho Park told the press via video link on Monday.  

The festival will also shed light on artists with disabilities, with the central theme announced as “Culture of Determination.”

Festival founder Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo took to the stage alongside Peter Wheeler, CEO of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi, to sign a cooperation agreement at Monday’s press conference and a March 16 concert titled “Stand Up For Inclusion” was announced as one of the main events during next year’s festival.

The festival will also host an exhibition called “Distant Prospects,” presenting the history of European landscape painting through renowned pieces by key figures in the Late Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Other highlights include a performance by award-winning US jazz pianist Justin Kauflin on March 11, a dance show by the Sara Baras Flamenco Ballet Company on March 21 and a full-length, three-act plotless performance by the Paris Opera Ballet, backed by the Pasdeloup Orchestra — the oldest symphony orchestra in France — on March 29 and 30.