10 day programme from 25th November to 4th December
The Al Hosn Festival will feature an engaging programme of performance, art installations, film screenings, culinary experiences, crafts and design. The festival celebrates the UAE’s heritage and craftsmanship. This connects them with the contemporary art practices of the emirate. The Al Hosn Festival is a key component of the UAE’s cultural calendar.
The event showcases Abu Dhabi’s cultural scene and provides a platform for artistic experimentation and public engagement. The festival aligns in the vision and mandate of DCT Abu Dhabi to preserve, protect and promote the emirate’s heritage.
Activities centred around Emirati heritage, storytelling and artisanal crafts will take place around Qasr Al Hosn and House of Artisans. Visitors will be able to experience the daily life at Qasr Al Hosn during the 1950 and 1960’s.
The exhibition ‘A Day in the Palace’ will showcase pictures, audio testimonials, and interactive elements depicting the traditional life of Qasr Al Hosn.
Demonstrations of Emirati craftsmanship and artisanal techniques will be celebrated at House of Artisans. Thus showcasing elements of Abu Dhabi’s intangible heritage.
Visitors will have an immersive experience ranging from sensory tours to creative stations for photography.
“Makers village” will feature artists and designers from local and regional concept stores. Fashion designers, trendy brands and culinary outlets will also be part of the journey.
Open air film-screens will also be an addition programmed by Image Nation. The much awaited second edition of the Gahwa Championship will also take place.
Visitors of all ages will also enjoy a variety of creative workshops, including a coral sculpture session and an Arabic calligraphy masterclass from the Bait Al Khatt centre.
The Festival will open with a parade of 50 classic cars in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the United Arab Emirates.