The Louvre Abu Dhabi is taking inspiration from the Far East for a bumper weekend of events and performances this weekend.
The Big in Japan weekend celebrates the country’s culture and ties in with the museum’s current international exhibition Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Decor exhibition.
From October 25 to 27, the Saadiyat Island culture hub will be home to a host of great shows, exhibitions, film screenings and tutorials.
The weekend kicks off with two nights of performance by Japanese Turntable Symphonograph Orchestra, reconstructing classical music by spinning vinyl records, using turntables and mixers to stunning effect.
On Friday, Emirati spoken-word artist Afra Atiq, will perform a new poem inspired by the artworks in the Japanese Connections exhibition space.
While on the same day, the first film of the Anime film screenings features Emara, a web video series featuring a superheroine fighting crime in the UAE, followed by a discussion with Hind Mezaina and Maryam Al Atouly.
Saturday sees another packed line-up, including the screening of Big Hero 6, an action-packed anime comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada.
This is followed by The Tale of Princess Kaguya, a story of a bamboo cutter who finds a miniature girl and takes her home to his wife so they can bring her up as their daughter.
All of the spoken-word performance, film screenings and the ARTogether project are free with the museum’s admission ticket.
The Turntable Symphonograph Orchestra is a ticketed event, with tickets available to purchase and book online for Dhs100.
For more information and for timings, visit www.louvreabudhabi.ae
Dhs60 (general admission), Dhs30 (concessions), Dhs100 (orchestra performance). October 25-27. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island (0600 56 55 66).