Super-cool arts festival returns to Abu Dhabi

The city's culture, cuisine and entertainment will be on display at Yas Island

Super-cool arts festival returns to Abu Dhabi

We love a little festival here in Abu Dhabi.

Barely a weekend goes by when there isn't a pop-up of some sort tempting us with its food trucks, acoustic performances and home-made jewellery.
Well, fear not, if you're in need of a festie fix, one of the emirate's very best is back soon.

Project Warehouse by Festember is returning during Ramadan.

Celebrating Abu Dhabi's art, cuisine, fashion and design, this year it will take place at du Forum on Yas Island from May 15 to 18.

The indoor space will be filled with lights, structures, art installations and games.

“We see this pop-up event as a playground celebrating contemporary arts and culture during the evenings of Ramadan,” says Latifa Al Hamed, Festember owner. “For only four nights, Project Warehouse brings a carefully-curated selection of fashion retail, gourmet food &beverage, art installations and Majlis entertainment. This is innovative expression that still ties back to our culture and heritage.”

Themes of this year's event include female empowerment, rural Emirati populations and historic mining communities from across the region.

This year, Project Warehouse will play host to Los Angeles artist, Oliver Coreaux, who will transform luxury handbags and accessories by “weaving stories to create distinct visual narratives.”

He will be be painting a series of tote bags and accessories by Goyard, Celine, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Rimowa.

There's a whole fashion section, too, with local designers offering everything from affordable pieces to high-end wares.

"Yas Island is delighted to welcome Project Warehouse this year to honour the UAE’s timeless cultural scene,” said Leon Marsh, associate director of events, Yas Island. “The island’s yearly calendar of events continues to grow and diversify to include more of these experiences, which is testament to our commitment to providing a dynamic destination for our local community as well as international visitors.”

Food will also play a big part in the after-dark event, with vendors including coffee shop JetLag, Japanese chocolatiers Royce, Wake and Bake doughnuts and loads more.
Dhs65 (adults), Dhs35 (kids), Dhs180 (two adults and two kids). May 15-18, 8pm-2am. du Forum, Yas Island, www.www.festemberad.com.

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