Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for December 12, 2016, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.
Catch screenings of two films as part of Cinema Space series at Manarat Al Saadiyat. In When I Saw You, by Annemarie Jacir, a young Palestinian boy in a refugee camp in 1967 Jordan yearns to be reunited with his father, so he sets out alone to find him and meets up with a group of freedom fighters who take him under their wing. The film is in Arabic with English subtitles. In Jules and Jim, two men fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. Eventually she marries Jules, but years later, they all meet again and this time Catherine falls for Jim. The film is in French with English subtitles.
Today, 7pm for When I Saw You; 9pm for Jules and Jim, free with registration, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Befikre stars Ranveer Singh as Dharam and Vaani Kapoor as Shyra Gill, a couple who meet in Paris and fall in love. Their relationship is put to the test as they both realise that love is a leap of faith. Hindi romance with English and Arabic subtitles, also starring Elisa Bachir Bey and Julie Ordon.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (18+)
See Invisible Threads: Technology and Its Discontents, in which 15 international artists present works that explore the tensions that emerge in our everyday relationships with technology. Pictured: Angels by Liu Bolin
Daily until December 31, noon to 8pm, Mondays to Saturdays (closed Sundays), NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 628 8000, www.nyuad-artgallery.org
Get tickets for the Sharjah World Music Festival, which features nine concerts over nine nights, starting with Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahhab and Emirati singer Hussain Al Jassmi on January 6. The festival ends with Emirati Night on January 14, featuring the band Nagham Al Emarat and singer Jasem Mohamad. Plus, there are evenings featuring flamenco, jazz, oud and more.
January 6 to 14, 8pm on opening night; 9pm all other nights, from Dh250, locations include Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Flag Island Amphitheatre and Al Qasba Theatre, Sharjah, www.ticketmaster.ae
Kick-start 2017 by challenging yourself to complete 17 classes at Bodytree Studio during January with the Lean in 17 package, which includes yoga, Pilates mat, Xtend Barre and dance classes. If you finish the challenge, you will get 17 per cent off the cost of your next package and have a chance to win prizes.
Dh900 for the Lean in 17 package, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, www.bodytreestudio.com
Catch the final day of the photography exhibition Focus by Indian artist Manu Reghurajan, a civil engineer working in the construction sector in Dubai. He presents a selection of nature images – including butterflies, dragonflies, wasps, bees and beetles – offering glimpses of the macro world of the UAE. Pictured: Mom and Me
Ends today, 11am to 7pm, The Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 346 6467, www.cartoonartgallery.org
Buy tickets to see Elton John perform at a show rescheduled due to illness, which will now take place on January 20. The legendary British musician returns to the UAE with his first live show in Dubai as part of his Wonderful Crazy Night Tour. Hits include Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, I’m Still Standing and Your Song.
January 20, gates open at 5pm, from Dh295, Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Register your children, ages 5 to 9, to take part in the Centre de Loisirs de Noël, a Christmas-themed winter camp where French-speaking children can create holiday decorations during the school break. Kids can make ornaments to hang on the tree.
December 18 to 22, 9am to 1.30pm, Dh175 per day; Dh750 per week, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
See an exhibition by Frank Stella featuring six large-scale, high-relief artworks by the American artist who is known for his pioneering minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. Pictured: La Scienza della Fiacca
Daily until January 4, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Leila Heller Gallery, I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 056 831 3520, www.leilahellergallery.com
Plan to take part in The Gift of Giving at thejamjar during the Alserkal Avenue Area 01 event this weekend and create mini paintings on canvases for yourself or to give as gifts while you support a great cause. Ten per cent of proceeds, in the form of art materials, will go to the Start organisation for special-needs children.
Friday and Saturday, Dh50, thejamjar, Street 17A, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 7303, www.thejamjardubai.com