South African dances feature in the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first-ever programme of events and activities. Picture: Mohamed Somji.

Louvre Abu Dhabi will be hosting dynamic dances by South African band via Sophiatown from  April 19-21, combining step-dancing and hip-hop accompanied by three live jazz musicians. Other performances during the first quarter of 2018 will include dances of the Indonesian royal courts in February, a Korean puppet show aimed at children and families as well as Bach solo by cellist Sonia Wider-Atherton and dancer Shantala Shivalingappa in March, followed by a recital of Swayambhu.

The events programme will allow visitors to discover the museum’s universal values and themes through cultural performances and new workshops and tours organised by the museum. The line-up compliments the collection on show in the museum’s galleries as well as the special exhibitions’ programme and celebrates both traditional and contemporary art forms from around the world. Catherine Monlouis Félicité, Education and Cultural Engagement Director at Louvre Abu Dhabi, said Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exciting line up of events for the first half of 2018 will appeal to adults and families alike.

“Visitors can travel the world through music, dance, poetry, puppetry, discussion and visual arts, with performers from countries including the UAE, Indonesia, India, Korea and South Africa.

“Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection, and within the setting of the museum’s spectacular architecture, makes for a truly unique experience,”  said Félicité.

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