Nurturing future generations creativity


Abu Dhabi Festival presents a series of activities exclusively for centres, schools and universities to nurture the next generation’s creativity. The following events are not open to the public.

Young Media Leaders

Supported by Mubadala

An experience-based capacity building and career development platform for young media professionals enabling them to gain the passion, mission and conviction to become powerful and convincing storytellers and build industry focused portfolios to take their media careers to flight.

Young Media Leaders influences and contributes to a powerful community of young emerging media leaders, building a positive and integrated media sector that is responsive to future challenges, transformations and opportunities.

In partnership with the Syndication Bureau and DW Akademie, the YML participants will undertake two intensive modules, throughout a period of two months, where they will learn, gain skills, and engage with international media figures with the aim of acquiring hands-on experience during the Abu Dhabi Festival.

Festival in Focus

The Festival offers the chance for school pupils and university students including children of determination to attend open rehearsals. Objectives include: to inspire young people by providing access to world-class artists; to improve their appreciation and enjoyment of music, dance and theatre; to develop observation skills; to foster a lifelong interest in the arts; to invest in arts audiences of the future. Featuring this year Joyce DiDonato, Korean National Ballet, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Tosca, Sara Baras, and the Paris Opera Ballet.

Riwaq Al Fikr

Supported by EGA

The annual discussion series offers insightful dialogue between thought leaders, diplomats, cultural leaders and the general public. Since 2010, the Abu Dhabi Festival’s Riwaq Al Fikr has held 26 sessions, hosted 109 panelists, welcomed over 2,850 audience members and has provided more than 44 hours of discourse. The 2019 series expand to include a collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Health Authority hosting a talk about the promotion of health and well-being through arts and culture. This year’s sessions include Mariam C. Said, wife of the late Edward W. Said, Manuel Borja-Villel, director of the Museo Reina Sofia among other festival international guests.

Back to School

In partnership with Ministry of Education – Schools Activities Sector, Zayed Higher Organisation for Special Needs and Korean Cultural Centre. Abu Dhabi Festival artists the Korean National Ballet, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Tosca, Sara Baras, and the Paris Opera Ballet inspire and inform through a series of once-in-a-lifetime workshops and master classes with school students and children of determination.