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Australian sisters Christina and Tanya Awad are rising stars among the capital’s independent arts scene. As the founders of Blank Canvas Community, they organise monthly events, where participants are encouraged to let their inner artist come out and play in a creative, intimate setting, usually featuring five-metre-long blank canvases set atop tables, as well as live music and spoken poetry performances.

Music lovers in the UAE capital were enthralled by the stunning performance by American mezzo-soprano opera singer, Joyce DiDonato, on January 24. The globally-renowned performer made her debut in the Arab world at the Emirates Palace Hotel as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2019.

They are wonderfully surreal; at once still and moving, their imbedded energy both contained and flowing around the exhibition space, imbuing it with the creative spirit of their original creators.

Dancers, with their ethereal beauty and subtle grace, have always been a source of fascination for Joanne Savio, from her youth to her adult life. “I have always been clumsy as a child and remain so as an adult. To witness through my camera, these beautiful and graceful beings has always been magic to me.

Audience members were enthralled as the internationally-renowned Silk Road Ensemble took them on a musical journey across Italy, Turkey, India, Iraqi Kurdistan, China and Syria. The 13-member ensemble performed at the closing of the 20th edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival on March 31.

You see them everywhere: on billboards, in magazine articles, at airports welcoming you, but you probably didn’t spare much thought about them. Arabic fonts featuring modern or traditional elements have become ubiquitous in peoples’ daily lives within the region that it’s hard to believe that they hardly existed over 40 years ago.

Mohammad Hassan Alwan’s phone has been ringing nonstop ever since his novel, A Small Death, won the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Ipaf) on April 25 at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

Abu Dhabi Art is once again inviting art enthusiasts of all ages to Manarat Al Saadiyat for the ninth edition of the fair. Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, it will feature a rich programme aimed at drawing out the creative side of visitors through a wide range of interactive workshops, talks and performances.