Abu Dhabi Festival Presents Unique Episode for Oud Enthusiasts on 1 June

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Published June 2nd, 2021 - 10:29 GMT
Abu Dhabi Festival Presents Unique Episode for Oud Enthusiasts on 1 June
Fateen Kanaan of Syria Performance
Featuring performances by oud players from Egypt, Iraq and Syria as part of the Global Oud Forum

As part of a special commission and production, and under the sponsorship of its lead partner, Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), the 18th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival (ADF), held under the theme ‘The Future Starts Now’, streamed the latest episode of the Global Oud Forum across all its digital channels, on 1 June, at 8pm UAE time. The episode featured artists from Egypt, Iraq and Syria.

The third episode brought together performances by Hazem Shaheen and Mohammed Abozekry of Egypt, Ahmad Shamma of Iraq and Fateen Kanaan of Syria. The exciting episode also highlighted modern day pioneers in the oud making industry in a special report. A visit to Fawzi Monshed’s workshop in Basra was also featured, as well as an overview of music in the digital world presented by Dr. Ahmad Al Hinnawi.

Abu Dhabi Festival continues its global events and performances, presenting Episode Four of the Global Oud Forum on 5 June at 8pm UAE time.

Held between 25 March and 15 June, GOF 2021 consists of a unique series of seven TV-format episodes that present insights from academics and experts in the fields of music and the arts, the history and development of the oud and the ways in which the instrument is integrated into today's digital music industry. The forum will also offer extensive reports on six distinguished oud makers from across the Arab world, with the participation of 27 oud musicians from 14 countries playing compositions written specifically for the oud.

For more information, please visit Abu Dhabi Festival’s website: https://abudhabifestival.ae/programme/global-oud-forum-2021/  and its digital platforms on Facebook (abudhabifestival), Twitter (@abudhabi_fest), Instagram (@abudhabifestival) and the official website of the Global Oud Forum: www.oudforum.com.

Held under the theme ‘The Future Starts Now’, the year-long programme of the 18th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival combines a unique hybrid programme of virtual and in-person performances, exhibitions and events leveraging the latest digital technology, with the participation of over 500 artists from more than 50 countries. The Festival will provide audiences with 16 exciting world premieres, 12 festival productions, eight global co-productions and four exclusive commissions, with 1 global music tour.

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Abu Dhabi Festival

Abu Dhabi Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation. The Festival is the UAE's foremost celebration of art and culture bringing together the greatest musicians, performers and artists from both the East and West in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. It seeks to reflect the determination of the capital to take the lead in cultural understanding.

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