Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for April 25, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Ellen Fortini rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.
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Visit Warehouse421 in Mina Zayed and see Bayn: The In-Between, a group exhibition that explores the transformations that the current generation of artists have witnessed in the UAE and region. The exhibition seeks to describe and question the threshold between a start point and its end, highlighting the state as equally important to the start – in this case the history of the UAE – and its goal: the future. Pictured: Artwork by Manal Al Dowayan
Daily until June 18, 10am to 8pm, Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays), Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae
See the exhibition Atelier M. Alliance Française Dubai presents paintings by UAE-based French artist Myriam Schryve that show the challenges faced by visually-impaired people. Pictured: An image by Myriam Schryve
Daily until May 15, open all day, Plantation, Sofitel JBR, Dubai, www.afdubai.org
Once Upon a Time: Hadiqat Al Umma by Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji features a panoramic multimedia video installation based on the artist's childhood in Baghdad, specifically a park that was a sanctuary from heat and the city. It remains a vivid memory in his mind and is brought to life in drawings and animation, across nine projectors.
Daily until May 6, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4 to 10pm, Fridays, Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Al Taawun Road, Sharjah, 06 556 6555, www.maraya.ae
Register to take part in the Neon Ride, presented by Cyacle and ICT, to celebrate the launch of new Bikeshare stations in the city. Enjoy entertainment, food and fun during this community initiative on Thursday, as you pedal with bike enthusiasts along the Corniche from Nation Galleria Mall towards Emirates Palace and back.
Thursday, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, with the Neon Ride starting at 6.30pm at Nation Galleria Mall, at the Corniche, Abu Dhabi, register at www.cyacle.ae
Join GuavaPass, the monthly fitness membership that lets you participate in unlimited group classes across the city, and take part in the Les Mills launch at Adrenagy on Saturday. Have a go at Body Pump, Body Combat and Abs & Stretch, enjoy snacks and refreshments, and take on the Monkey Bar Challenge for prizes.
Saturday, from 10.15am, free for GuavaPass members; non-members can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Adrenagy, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, www.guavapass.com
Attend an Anzac Day family sunset service presented by Aussies Abroad to commemorate the Australian, New Zealander and Turkish men and women who served and died in the First World War. A dinner follows the service.
Today, 5.30pm to 9.30pm, the service at 6.10pm, Dh140 for The Club and Aussies Abroad members; Dh160 for non-members, The Club, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, 050 120 5354, www.aussiesabroad-abudhabi.com
Catch a screening of the French film La Dune as part of the Cine-Debat series presented by Alliance Française Dubai, which also includes a discussion. The 2014 film is about a man who, after breaking up with his girlfriend, goes to Paris and begins to follow a detective for mysterious reasons.
Tonight, 8pm, free entry, auditorium, Alliance Française, Oud Metha, Dubai, www.afdubai.org
Register to attend tonight’s launch of Comedians at Work, an evening of stand-up comedy presented by Dubomedy and featuring new and seasoned comedians on stage, including Simeon Goodson, Omar Ismail and Jyotsna Lakhiani (pictured). Arrive early to get coffee, food or dessert and to get a good seat.
Tonight, from 7.30pm, free, Public Cafe, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, email@example.com
In the exhibition Dancing East, Ahmed Kassim presents works that aim to capture the social, political, ideological and cultural chaos of Arab countries, as seen through the artist's eyes in dances through the landscapes of the Middle East, with identifiable clues as to the locations. Pictured: The Sufi Journey – Dark Night
Daily until May 10, 10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Gallery Ward, Al Quoz, Street 6, beside The Courtyard, Dubai, 04 388 3204, www.galleryward.com
Get tickets to see Mandela Trilogy, a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela presented by Cape Town Opera with a cast of more than 30 performers. It features three incarnations of Mandela and diverse styles of music – Xhosa choral, jazz and jive, struggle songs and liberation music – while dramatising the defining moments of his life.
November 9 to 11, 8pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com