Manarat Al Saadiyat's sizzling September line-up

Flex your creative muscles with film, music, art exhibitions and workshops for all

Manarat Al Saadiyat's sizzling September line-up

The summer heat may have left us all a bit drained but it’s time to turn up your artistic talent, pump up the imagination and get those creative juices flowing.

Luckily, when it comes to letting your inner artist run wild, Manarat Al Saadiyat has it all this September – vibrant exhibitions, international film screenings, performances and intellectual discussions.

The options vary from music to photography and include some weird and whacky workshops that everyone can get involved in.


You can find Mexican artist Jorge Marin’s sculpture Wings of Mexico on display in the gallery, having visited Kuwait, Egypt, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Bangkok previously.

The sculpture, made in 2010, has become a symbol of hopes and dreams of a nation’s citizens and is slowly becoming a hashtag phenomenon – don’t forget to take your picture alongside it.

Free. Sep 9 to Oct 31, 9am-8pm. Plaza.

Film & art studio

The gallery will also showcase a range of local and international film screenings and continue to offer art classes, workshops and studio drop-ins.

Aimed at all age groups and all levels of ability, you are bound to find a variety of techniques, styles and themes to suit your creative flow.

Be sure to take a visit over to see the sizzling new selection on this month at the cultural hub and prepared to be inspired.

Pre-registration is required via  (02 6575 937).


The music scene has turned the volume up too with a series of workshops conducted by the Kharsha group.

The group of young Emirati and Japanese drummers will teach the increasingly popular Taiko, the Japanese art of playing drums in an interactive and intensive session.

Boogie Box, an electronic sound event run by DJ Hassan Alwan and Music Jams, a live performance for established and amateur musicians will also be on show throughout the month if drumming isn’t quite to your liking.

And, if music is all a bit too fast paced, open your ears to Rooftop Rhythms, Abu Dhabi’s community-run open mic poetry and spoken word performances.

Dhs100 (Drums by Kharsha) Sat 2pm-3pm (kids seven and above). Sun 6.30pm-onwards (for adults 20 and above). Theatre.
Free (Boogie Box). Sep 15 5pm-8pm. Theatre.
Free (Music Jams). Sep 5 & 19 7pm-11pm. Larte Restaurant.
Free (Rooftop Rythms Arabia). Sep 14 6:30pm-8:30pm. Theatre.
Pre-registration is required via  (02 6575 937).


The launch of the photography studio in Manarat Al Saadiyat will kick off with an exhibition by photographer Jassim Al Awadhi entitled The Presence of Absence, which plans to bring the UAE photography community together.

Monthly courses ranging from basic photography to studio lighting and photo editing alongside exhibitions and talks will then kick-start the world of digital photography in the gallery.

Be sure not to miss the exhibition Abu Dhabi Through Your Eyes, which is based on a photography competition which invites professionals and amateurs to capture the essence of Abu Dhabi through their own eyes.

Free (photography studio opening). Sep 12 6pm-10pm. Photography studio.

Free (Abu Dhabi Through Your Eyes). Sep 16-24 9am-8pm. Atrium Gallery S.


Delving into the depths of diversity when it comes to its upcoming workshops, the gallery invites aspiring vloggers, social media influencers and mobile reporters to enhance their video storytelling skills across social media platforms with a video for social media workshop.

More of the athletic-type though? Well, don’t fear as the gallery’s parkour workshop will have you jumping right into the basics of movement, strength and focus to get you from points A to B using the obstacles in your way.

The gallery is also offering a robotics workshop where you can learn all about the technology and programming which go into robots and round it all off by competing in exciting robotic challenges such as sumo fighting and escaping a maze.

Pre-registration is required for taking part in all workshops via  (02 6575 937).

Open daily 9am-8pm. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Highway, Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island, (02 657 5800).

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