The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the return of the Al Ain Cultural Programme, which is set to feature a series of cultural events and workshops at the Al Qattara Arts Centre and Qasr Al Muwaiji throughout the month of September.
Al Qattara Arts Centre will host several events, including ‘The Microphone Programme’, offering a variety of exciting topics and subjects of interest to the community.
On September 12, a session entitled ‘Your Inner Giant’ will be held, during which life skills coach Shaima Al Jaberi will speak about the importance of having a purpose in life and unleashing one’s inner giant to progress in life. This session will be moderated by the media personality Ibrahim Ustadi.
Following this, on September 14, the centre will host the ‘Family Day’ event, offering family-friendly interactive workshops, including pottery, playing on the Oud instrument and decoupage. Moreover, the ‘Journey of an Object’ programme will explore the significance of museums and their position at the forefront of the country’s cultural heritage. The programme will display a clay jug, on loan from Al Ain Museum, from the settlement of Bidaa Bint Saud, dating back to the Iron Age and specifically to the first millennium BCE.
Meanwhile, Qasr Al Muwaiji will host a series of cultural workshops during the month, including the ‘Royal Bisht’ workshop on September 17, to introduce participants to the ‘Bisht’, the prestigious garment traditionally associated with the Gulf, along with the art of making it. In addition, several Royal Bishts that belonged to Al Nahyan family will be on display at Qasr Al Muwaiji.
‘Characters from the 20th Century’ will take place on September 28, allowing visitors the opportunity to interact with silent art presentations that emulate lifestyles in the early 20th century.
The ‘A Lens On History’ programme, taking place on September 14, will include several photography workshops with award-winning experts. The programme aims to commemorate the great role of photography in preserving the UAE’s history.