Music is Dangerous
by Composer Nicola Piovani

Saturday 11 December 2021
Emirates Palace Ballroom

Academy Award-winning composer and pianist Nicola Piovani’s transcendent live narrative runs through the highlights of his entire body of work in cinema, theatre, symphonic orchestra and song.

The Pearl Diver’s Daughter
by Company E

December 2021 – January 2022
Various Locations in Abu Dhabi & Dubai

Roberto Bolle and Friends
A Brilliant Gala by Roberto Bolle

Sunday 9 January 2022
Emirates Palace Auditorium

A superstar of ballet and the first Italian dancer to be invited to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, Bolle invites 5 acclaimed dancers to join him on the Abu Dhabi Festival stage.

Portrait of a Nation II:
Beyond Narratives

Thursday 20 January – Saturday 16 April 2022
Manarat Al Saadiyat

Celebrating 50 years of the United Arab Emirates, a first-of-its-kind exhibition highlights the innovation, creativity and collaboration that mark the development of the nation’s visual art landscape.


Thursday 17 February 2021
Manarat Al Saadiyat Auditorium

Violin virtuoso Lina Tur Bonet is joined by international piano soloist Alba Ventura for an exhilarating repertoire of masterworks by Toldra, Granados, Ravel, de Falla and Kreisler.

Paolo Fresu Trio

Sunday 6 March 2021
Umm Al Emarat Park – Amphitheatre

Paolo Fresu on trumpet, flugelhorn and effects is joined by Dino Rubino on piano and Marco Bardoscia on contrabass for a refined three-part dialogue between musical masters.

Músicas de España
by Daniel Legorio

Monday 7 March 2021
Umm Al Emarat Park – Amphitheatre

Critically acclaimed Spanish pianist Daniel Ligorio is accompanied by the castanets of Belén Cabanes and the dance of Loli Molina.