Abu Dhabi celebrates 250 years of Emirati history
Abu Dhabi, January 23, 2013
The Tourism and Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi (TCA-AD) is set to organize the 'Qasr Al Hosn Festival,' a 10 day community event celebrating over 250 years of Emirati history starting from February 28 to March 9.
Boasting a program filled with events, workshops, activities and a unique show (created by the legendary producer Franco Dragone), the entire festival has been specifically designed to reflect over two and a half centuries of Emirati and Abu Dhabi history.
Unveiling the programme, Faisal Al Sheikh, the festival director, and events manager at TCA-AD said: “The festival is an important addition to Abu Dhabi’s event calendar and it is with great pride that we can now announce the details of this iconic celebration of Qasr al Hosn."
The festival will be held at Qasr al Hosn Fort, officially the oldest building in Abu Dhabi, surpasses the iconic milestone of 250 years,
"Qasr al Hosn is of immense historical and cultural importance. Standing here for more than two and a half centuries, Qasr al Hosn is the symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi. The fort played a fundamental role in the capital’s past whilst at the same time safeguarding its long and prosperous future," Al Sheikh noted.
"This year's festival is an opportunity for the entire community to come together and celebrate Emirati history, culture and tradition," it added.
The tourism official stressed on the importance of creativity and cultural heritage of the festival, saying: "It will take visitors through a historic journey, weaving through the experiences of our ancestors and retelling the many stories that make Abu Dhabi’s past so fascinating. The Festival is a public event like nothing seen before and will be full of interactive, cultural, educational and creative events."
"The Qasr al Hosn festival offers an entirely new way for the many proud sons and daughters to engage with Abu Dhabi’s rich cultural past. The experience garnered from the festival will without doubt, enhance the nations sense of identity as the whole community will is able to collectively share in the celebration of our founders and visionary leadership," he added.
The festival itself acts as an umbrella to a host of events and activities, designed to celebrate the long and illustrious history of the nation’s capital.
Franco Dragone, the renowned artistic director, has been commissioned to create a unique show ‘Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation’ that brings the history of the Emirati people to life, said the statement from TCA-AD.
In addition to using an international cast filled with dancers, acrobats and gymnasts, Franco Dragone welcomes a select group of Emirati performers to take part in this once in a lifetime showcase.
Fusing culture and tradition with artistic disciplines, ‘Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation’ is a rich visual poem celebrating over 250 years of Emirati history and offering an unforgettable combination of music, performance and special effects that will resonate with viewers long after it has finished. Tickets will be available from January 27 through the festival Website, the statement added.-TradeArabia News Service