More than twenty thousand visitors attended the Festival’s headline programme of events from 1 – 20 March
The 20th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival was a resounding success, held under the honourary patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, from 01 – 20 March 2023. The Festival took place at The Emirates Palace, Cultural Foundation, and NYUAD, and showcased an outstanding line-up of captivating performances.
This year’s edition of the Festival witnessed record-breaking attendance, with over 20,000 arts, culture, and music enthusiasts coming together to celebrate the power of the arts. The Festival hosted 9 performances, with an additional 10th planned for later this year, making it the largest edition yet. Abu Dhabi Festival 2023 featured some of the world’s most renowned artists, composers, tenors, musicians, and more, who delivered memorable performances throughout the first three weeks of March.
The 20th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival held under the theme ‘The Will for Evolution’ was a historic one and was held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, Assistant to His Highness the President of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority for Women’s Affairs, and Chairperson of the Higher Committee for Ataya Initiative. Through its innovative commissions and productions, Abu Dhabi Festival 2023 advanced its position as one of the most significant and influential cultural events in the region. This year, the Festival expanded its reach and audience by partnering with the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, resulting in a dynamic fusion of music and culture showcasing the Festival’s ongoing commitment to promoting cultural exchange and diversity. The Festival also ventured outside of its traditional venue of Emirates Palace and hosted its Recital Series at NYUAD Arts Center, with a programme that featured the winner of the 2021 International Chopin Piano Competition, Bruce Liu, acclaimed Shanghainese pianist, Haochen Zhang and violin virtuoso Leia Zhu.