Abu Dhabi’s old cultural landmark will be very busy in the coming days…
There’s a brand new festival in town and you won’t want to miss.
The festival will put you in the very centre of Emirati culture via art installations, historic re-enactments, film screenings and music performances.
The inaugural Al Hosn Festival, taking place from 12th to 19th December, is set to offer what has been described as a unique cultural experience reflecting and reimagining the capital’s heritage through these various mediums.
Highlights include The Living Museum, where actors depict daily life in Qasr Al Hosn during ancient times.
Storytellers regale visitors with tales about the palace’s original dwellers, including Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikha Salama bint Butti.
The Living Heritage will feature traditional handicrafts demos, and artisans will showcase their skills at Al Sadu, Ghazal, Henna programme complete with an outdoor souk.
The House of Artisans will host a series of workshops on Emirati handicrafts, including weaving and artisanal techniques.
Equally exciting are the competitions focusing on Emirati cooking traditions and artistry.
Other calendar highlights include a workshop on trainer design with craftsman Dominic ‘The Shoe Surgeon’ Chambrone, as well as the practice of making and serving Arabic coffee.
Commissioned art will be on display, open-air film screenings, live musical performances and creative workshops for children.
Tickets are priced at AED 30 for adults and AED 15 for kids aged five to 12, which is not bad at all. for all that history!
For more information, visit: alhosn.ae