Poetry/Music

Adult event
A Night of Arabic Poetry & Oud: Ahmed Eisa Al Asam, Hassan Alnajjar, Maryam Al Zarooni, Najat Al Dhaheri & Nujoom Al Ghanem

A Night of Arabic Poetry & Oud: Ahmed Eisa Al Asam, Hassan Alnajjar, Maryam Al Zarooni, Najat Al Dhaheri & Nujoom Al Ghanem

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 21:00-22:00Venue: Al Baraha II, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: ArabicSession No: 44 
AED 60
They’re all Emirati poets, but just like the verses of a poem, they all come wit... Read More
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Free Event
Antigone Retold

Antigone Retold

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 17:00-18:00Venue: MBRL Amphitheatre, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: EnglishSession No: 194 
Free Entry
Watch the live theatrical performance of the play Antigone Retold, a reimagining... Read More
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Special Events
Celebrating Kahlil Gibran

Celebrating Kahlil Gibran

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 20:00-22:30Venue: Al Baraha III, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: ArabicSession No: 41 
AED 350
Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of Ottoman Mount Le... Read More
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Adult event
Daisy Rockwell: Poetry in Painting

Daisy Rockwell: Poetry in Painting

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 18:30-19:30Venue: 4th Floor Conference Room 10, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: EnglishSession No: 285 
AED 60
Daisy Rockwell illustrates her mastery of reading between the lines as a visual ... Read More
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Free Event
Danabelle Gutierrez: Tears Across the Earth

Danabelle Gutierrez: Tears Across the Earth

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 10:00-11:00Venue: 4th Floor Conference Room 10, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: EnglishSession No: 252 
Free Entry
Tears Across the Earth is a collection of short stories and poems that wanders ... Read More
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Special Events
Desert Stanzas

Desert Stanzas

Date/Time: Wednesday 1 February 2023 19:30-21:00Venue: Desert Camp, Caravanserai, Exit 29, Jebel Ali, Lehbab Rd, Dubai
Language: MultilanguageSession No: 1 
AED 425
The iconic Desert Stanzas returns this year! As the Festival’s signature event, ... Read More
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Special Events
Fresh Air, Fresh Lyrics: An Open Mic Night

Fresh Air, Fresh Lyrics: An Open Mic Night

Date/Time: Thursday 2 February 2023 20:00-21:30Venue: MBRL Amphitheatre, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: MultilanguageSession No: 68 
AED 40
We live in a region steeped in poetic tradition with a powerful spoken word scen... Read More
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Education
Fringe Stage: Spotlighting Young Performers

Fringe Stage: Spotlighting Young Performers

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 13:00-16:00Venue: Al Riwaq I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: MultilanguageSession No: 721 
Free Entry
Get ready to be amazed and entertained as young performers from throughout the U... Read More
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Education
Fringe Stage: Spotlighting Young Performers

Fringe Stage: Spotlighting Young Performers

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 14:00-16:00Venue: Al Riwaq I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: MultilanguageSession No: 717 
Free Entry
Get ready to be amazed and entertained as young performers from throughout the U... Read More
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Education
Fringe Stage: Spotlighting Young Performers

Fringe Stage: Spotlighting Young Performers

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 13:00-16:00Venue: Al Riwaq I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: MultilanguageSession No: 719 
Free Entry
Get ready to be amazed and entertained as young performers from throughout the U... Read More
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Adult event
Harry & Chris: Musical Comedy

Harry & Chris: Musical Comedy

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 18:30-19:30Venue: MBRL Amphitheatre, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: EnglishSession No: 201 
AED 60
Festival favourites Harry Baker and Chris Read return to Dubai with a new show f... Read More
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Free Event
Layla May: Eternal Through Music

Layla May: Eternal Through Music

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 19:00-19:35Venue: Al Riwaq I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: EnglishSession No: 185 
Free Entry
With her distinct vocal runs and her wandering spirit, Layla May floats through ... Read More
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Children's event
Martin Kiszko: Green Poems for a Blue Planet

Martin Kiszko: Green Poems for a Blue Planet

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 13:30-14:30Venue: MBRL Young Adult Library, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: English
Age: 8+Session No: 178 
AED 40
Join Martin Kiszko, the UK’s Green Poet, as he returns to Dubai with his thought... Read More
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Adult event
Martin Kiszko: What’s the Score?

Martin Kiszko: What’s the Score?

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 10:00-11:00Venue: 4th Floor Conference Room 3, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: EnglishSession No: 266 
AED 60
Martin Kiszko has composed more than 200 scores for film and television, many of... Read More
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Workshops Adult
Music to My Ears: Songwriting Workshop with Chris Read
Workshop

Music to My Ears: Songwriting Workshop with Chris Read

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 15:00-16:30Venue: 4th Floor Meeting Room 12, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: English
Age: 15+Session No: 228 
AED 200
Good songwriting is a hard skill to learn, but a rewarding one. Whether you are ... Read More
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Adult event
Poems as Old Friends: Lemn Sissay, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta & Tishani Doshi

Poems as Old Friends: Lemn Sissay, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta & Tishani Doshi

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 20:30-21:30Venue: Al Baraha II, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: EnglishSession No: 136 
AED 60
What constitutes an old friend? It can be anything from the high school friend y... Read More
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Adult event
Poetry for the Palate: Dr Afra Atiq & Danabelle Gutierrez

Poetry for the Palate: Dr Afra Atiq & Danabelle Gutierrez

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 11:30-12:30Venue: Al Riwaq I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: EnglishSession No: 199 
AED 60
Join Dr Afra Atiq and Danabelle Gutierrez for a deliciously lyrical session that... Read More
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Workshops Adult
Prose Poetry & Flash Memoirs: Creative Writing Workshop with Nathalie Handal
Workshop

Prose Poetry & Flash Memoirs: Creative Writing Workshop with Nathalie Handal

Date/Time: Monday 6 February 2023 10:00-11:30Venue: Al Amwaj I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: EnglishSession No: 112 
AED 200
Grab your journal: this is about to get personal (and poetic). Join poet and wri... Read More
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Adult event
Qassim Haddad: An Evening of Poetry

Qassim Haddad: An Evening of Poetry

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 18:30-19:30Venue: MBRL Amphitheatre, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: ArabicSession No: 43 
AED 60
When Adonis when was asked about the poets most beloved in his heart, he mention... Read More
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Workshops Adult
The Art of Reading Poetry: Workshop with Sara Elzein
Workshop

The Art of Reading Poetry: Workshop with Sara Elzein

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 11:30-13:00Venue: 4th Floor Meeting Room 12, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: ArabicSession No: 273 
AED 200
Much of a poet’s ingenuity lies in the way they deliver a poem: through pronunci... Read More
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