Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for June 17, 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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Catch the final day of the Ramadan Evenings series presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and experience activities inspired by the spiritual atmosphere of the holy month. Come for iftar and stay for the interactive mosaic mural, art exhibition, board games, a souq, readings, Emirati heritage workshops, plus performances of Islamic chants.
Tonight, 7pm to 8pm for iftar; after iftar until 11.30pm for cafes and the Ramadan souq; other activities from 8.30pm to 11.30pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabievents.ae
Catch a screening of the film Maudie as part of the Diff 365@Vox series, which showcases some of the best independent films in the world. Maudie is directed by Aisling Walsh and stars Sally Hawkins as Maud Lewis, who longs to be independent though she suffers from severe arthritis. Despite her crippled hands, she is hired as a housekeeper by Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke). An artist at heart, Maud is determined to perfect her art and overcome her pain.
Runs until June 28, 10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm, 6pm and 8.30pm, Dh45, Cinema 9, Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, uae.voxcinemas.com
Cinema Space presents two films at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a family-friendly animated film featuring A A Milne's loveable bear from the Hundred Acre Wood, his friends and unforgettable songs to delight children of all ages. The Way Home (pictured) is a 2002 Korean film that tells the story of 7-year-old Sang-woo, who is sent to live with his deaf and mute grandmother in a rural village, where he discovers a world without access to life's conveniences, and a connection to the woman who opens his eyes to the important things in life. The film is subtitled in English.
Today, 11am for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh; 8pm for The Way Home, free with registration, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Abu Dhabi & Dubai
Get tickets now to see comedian Barry Hilton perform live. One of the biggest names in comedy in South Africa, Hilton has a knack for finding the ludicrous in daily situations.
June 28 and 29, 8.30pm on June 28, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi; 9pm on June 29, Mövenpick, JBR, Dubai, from Dh185, 21+, www.thelaughterfactory.com
Get tickets now to see a stand-up show by American comedian Mike Epps as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season. Epps is known for his appearance in the films Next Friday, All About the Benjamins and Meet the Blacks.
August 18, doors open at 6.30pm, from Dh145, Al Raha Beach Theatre, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort presents the Superheroes Kids Camp featuring water sports, beach games, arts and crafts and more. Each camp day starts with a fitness class to get the children energised for a full-day schedule of activities, led by a professional recreation team. The themes and projects change on a daily basis, from football and squash to cooking classes and healthy juice-making sessions.
July 2 to September 7, 9am to 2pm, Dh180 per day; Dh700 per week, age groups 4 to 9 and 10 to 14, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 697 0272, email@example.com
Catch the final French-language open mic of the season at Alliance Française Dubai on Tuesday night, hosted by French actress Morgane Gauvin. Performers are invited to come an hour in advance for rehearsals coached by Gauvin, followed by one-hour of performances open to the public.
Tuesday, 8pm for rehearsal; 9pm showtime, free entry, auditorium, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org/open-mic
Get tickets now for The Naughty Dog, a children's puppet show performed by the Noel Lambert Puppet Theatre, featuring colourful characters from the TV series Dinin. The fast-paced, 40-minute story features original music and teaches children the importance of respecting nature.
July 7 and 8, 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm, Dh50, Kilachand Studio Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
See Good Printing, a group exhibition that explores the process of printmaking and addresses issues regarding authenticity, reproducibility and mechanisation of art-making. It also celebrates the defects and inaccuracies that can occur in the process of copying originals or reproductions, redefining the essence of the original work. Pictured: Be Your Freedom and Build Your Own Kingdom by Rania Bellou
Daily until September 14, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 5052, www.ivde.net
Register your children for the Tashkeel Summer Camp. Children ages 8-16 can learn a creative technique each day, including calligraphy, screen-printing, woodwork, acrylic painting, collage and mixed-media. Younger children, ages 4 to 7, can take part in the camp’s Story Time, which features picture books read aloud, in English the first week and Arabic the second, followed by crafts.
July 9-20, 10am to 1pm, from Dh1,200 per week; Dh2,200 for two weeks, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, register by July 1 at 04 336 1606, www.tashkeel.org