10 things to do today: Attend the Second Hand Charity Bazaar, enjoy a free concert from Arab Idol winner Yacoub Shaheen, and more

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Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for April 22, 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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Al Ain


Get tickets to attend Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse with Tugan Sokhiev and Edgar Moreau: The Music of 1,001 Nights. As part of the Abu Dhabi Classics series, the orchestra will perform works by Nielsen, Saint-Saëns and Berlioz in a fantasy-like atmosphere that captures the colourful characters of the stories of 1,001 Nights.

May 3, 8pm, from Dh100, UAE University Great Hall, Crescent Building, Al Ain, www.abudhabiclassics.ae


Comedy show

See Russell Howard perform live in Dubai. The British stand-up comedian, and host of TV show Russell Howard's Good News brings his Round the World tour to Dubai College Auditorium.

Tonight, doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm, from Dh295, Dubai College Auditorium, www.800tickets.com

Abu Dhabi

Film screenings

Cinema Space presents two films today. Cecil B DeMille's masterpiece The Ten Commandments (1956), starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Rameses, will be shown in its newly restored version, in a family-friendly afternoon programme with an intermission. Then see L'Enfance Nue (Naked Childhood), the 1968 French film directed by Maurice Pialat about 10-year-old François (Michel Terrazon), a foster child who is passed from one family to another. The film has English subtitles.

Today, 2pm for The Ten Commandments; 7pm for L'Enfance Nue, free with registration, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

Abu Dhabi


Attend a performance of Khafeef Al Rouh, an experimental play by Emirati playwright and director Jamal Mattar that explores the struggle between constants and variables, as people search for a better life while fearing the unknown. The play is presented in connection with But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008 and will be in Arabic with English translation.

Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, The Red Theater, The Arts Center, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org

Abu Dhabi

Charity market

Attend the Second Hand Charity Bazaar for great deals on pre-loved goods. Stalls include home decor items, electronics, clothing, books, DVDs, toys and accessories. Table fees will be donated to Al Jalila Foundation which promotes medical education and research.

Today, 9am to 2pm, free entry, Arzanah Ballroom, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Abu Dhabi, 02 677 3333, contact Elena.Raznova@sheraton.com

Abu Dhabi

Family fun

Register to take part in workshops at Manarat Al Saadiyat in conjunction with the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi exhibition The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence. Children ages 6-12 can take part in Paint! Canvas! Action!, in which they create art in the manner of Japanese Gutai artists, painting with bicycle wheels and toy cars, sliding in paint, splattering, pouring and rolling. Teenagers and adults will also enjoy the Gutai Art Lab, using experimental processes and non-traditional materials for playful art production. For both workshops, wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on, as it can get messy.

Today, 10am to noon for ages 6-12; 2pm to 5pm for ages 13 and older, Dh50, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 657 5800, manaratalsaadiyat@tcaabudhabi.ae


Charity gala

Book your spot to attend the China Philharmonic String Quartet Gala Dinner in aid of Larchfield Children’s Organisation in Tanzania and children’s charities around the world supported by Gulf For Good. Hear works by Mozart, Haydn, Boccherini and more, featuring violins, viola and cello, plus special guest Min Yang (pictured) on violin. The dress code is black tie.

Monday, from 7.30pm for reception, 8pm for concert, 9pm for dinner, Dh600, Ballroom, Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, stringquartet2017@gmail.com


Organic market

Attend the first indoor Ripe Market of the summer at Times Square Center and enjoy a community market experience with fresh, organic produce from local farms. Shop for superfoods, pantry essentials, milk, honey, eggs, chicken, cheese and more. Enjoy live music and browse vendor stalls to find gifts and products from local businesses and designers.

Today, 9am to 3pm, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 315 7000, www.facebook.com/ripemarket



Enjoy the long weekend with a free, family-friendly concert tonight by newly-crowned Arab Idol winner, Yacoub Shaheen. The 23-year-old singer is the second Palestinian to win the competition. Families can also shop, dine and view street art at the venue.

Tonight, 7pm, Rimal Sector, next to Paul bakery and restaurant, JBR, Dubai, www.facebook.com/thewalkatjbr


New movie

Ghost in the Shell stars Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, the sole human survivor of a cyberterrorist attack, who, despite her injuries, is saved and cyber-enhanced to be a supersoldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. But as she prepares to take on a new enemy, Kusanagi discovers something disturbing about her past. Action, also starring Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt and Chin Han.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (TBA)