The Line-Up For Abu Dhabi Festival 2020 Has Finally Been Announced

BY Sara AlHumiri / Nov 14 2019 / 13:14 PM

Grammy-award winning jazz musician Gregory Porter, the American Ballet Theatre and The Cleveland Orchestra are just some of the highlights of the capital's five-day cultural festival...

The Line-Up For Abu Dhabi Festival 2020 Has Finally Been Announced

Calling all music, theatre, and poetry-lovers; this festival was made for you. 

The annual Abu Dhabi Festival will be making it's way to the UAE's capital once again. The theme for 2020's festival has been announced as ‘Unity: Celebrating The Cultural Foundation.' Organised by ADMAF (the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation), this 5-day festival has been running for 17 years, and has consistently been one of the most sophisticated events that the city has held.

This year's theme reflects the vision of the UAE's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as it integrates Emirati culture into the arts and aims to hopefully share the country's dialogue with audience's from far and wide.

Every year, this festival brings together talents from all over the world, ranging from classical music orchestras, to local professional poets who touch hearts.

This year is no different. 

BAZAAR has built you the ultimate guide for the day-to-day shows that will be taking place at the Emirates Palace Auditorium from the 31st of March 2020 - 9th April 2020...


The Cleveland Orchestra with Sir Simon Keenlyside, conducted by Music Director, Franz Welser-Möst

31st March 2020

Dubbed as one of the best orchestras in the world, The Cleveland Orchestra will be making its Middle Eastern debut in Abu Dhabi for the first time. If you're an avid listener of classical music and opera, this is the event of the season that's not to be missed. 

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The Cleveland Orchestra with Yo-Yo Ma, conducted by Music Director, Franz Welser-Möst

1st April 2020

The Cleveland Orchestra's second night will be a special one, as they'll be joined on stage by the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. This will be the special guest's first Middle Eastern debut. Yo-Yo Ma has previously won 18 Grammy Awards and has been a festival-headliner prior to this 2020 event. Sit back and listen to the genius symphonies by this cellist along with the orchestra, it'll be an unforgettable evening.

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American Ballet Theatre – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with The Cleveland Orchestra

3rd April 2020 - 4th April 2020

Another Arab world debut. One of the greatest dance companies in the world is making its way to Abu Dhabi. The American Ballet will be joined by The Cleveland Orchestra to perform the classic Shakespearean story, Romeo & Juliet. Coined as a romantic tragedy and one of the company's best works, this performance will bring beautiful costumes, breath-taking ballet, and an unmissable night. Luckily enough, this event goes on for two nights!

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Gregory Porter

9th April 2020

If you prefer Jazz or Soul music, the Grammy-award winning artist Gregory Porter will be playing at the festival. He's known as one of the 'world's most in-demand artists', and will be making his UAE debut at the festival next year. We can't wait to hear him perform his greatest hits.

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