Zayed University students win Abu Dhabi Festival Award for their work as ‘Young Press Leaders’

Published March 18th, 2010 - 09:58 GMT

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) today revealed that a group of young Emirati female students from Zayed University had been given one of its prestigious annual awards. The 15 students who were part of an ADMAF programme called the ‘Young Press Leaders’ have been given the Abu Dhabi Festival Award for their work in helping to report last year’s event. During the 2009 Festival, the students designed and wrote a publication called “Festival News” and filmed and interviewed key contributors.  

The Abu Dhabi Festival Award, established in 2004, seeks to support and encourage young national artistic talent across the UAE, and is awarded to national university students who help advance the activities of the festival and contribute to its success.  The 15 students who won the Abu Dhabi Festival Award in 2010 are - Cica Al Attas Mohsen, Iman Al Qaedi, Asma Al Marzouqi, Abrar Al Shehhi, Abeer Al Mahri, Alya Al Saiqal, Farah Al Bakoush Hameed, Fatima Al Mutawaa, Hessa Al Romaithi, Sara Al Khoori, Khulood Al Mehairi, Ayesha Abdullah Al Malood, Fatima Hadi Al Musawi, Fatima Mohamed Al Ali, Jawaher Al Yafei, and Mashael Khalid Al Ameri.

H.E. Mrs Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, said:
“It is with great pleasure that ADMAF gives the Abu Dhabi Festival Award to the Young Press Leaders from Zayed University. These young women epitomise what students in the UAE can achieve today by embracing education and in their case, reporting the news with such passion and vigour.  The students were exceptional in spreading the word about last year’s Festival through their excellent written and visual work. We are pleased that a new team of Young Media Leaders from Zayed University will report the news from this year’s festival.” 

The Young Press Leaders from the 2009 Festival will be presented with a Chopard-designed Abu Dhabi Festival Award during the opening evening of this year’s Festival on Saturday 20 March 2010.  

Commenting on behalf of the winning students, Asma Al Marzouqi, said:
“Working on last year’s festival was not only educational but great fun and we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to report on such a prestigious event. To be honoured for this work through the award is amazing. We would like to thank ADMAF, an organisation that has done so much to support young students in the UAE and its founder, Mrs Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo who has taken a special interest in the work we do and is helping us to develop careers in the media field.”  

The highlight of ADMAF’s cultural season is the Abu Dhabi Festival. This year this unique platform will fuse world-class performances from the masters of the arts world today, cultural vision and a depth of community spirit. The Festival will take place from 20 March to 7 April under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. More than 40 events will take place over three weeks, including performances in traditional, classical and jazz music, drama, fine arts, and ballet.  An important visual art exhibition and rich community and education programs will assert the position of the festival as the emirate’s premier celebration of cultural expression.

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