Over the past several decades, Dubai has invested heavily in a broad range of cultural initiatives. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority currently oversees all cultural activities and projects, including the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre (DFYT). Since 2009, DFYT has provided an important venue for aspiring theatre professionals to hone their skills and meet other like-minded individuals.
Throughout the years, DFYT has brought together talented actors, directors, and playwrights to create and reenact many different types of performances. The festival also provides valuable instruction for technical crafts such as make-up art, stage and costume design, and lighting.
Since its early days, DFYT has grown from a small mentorship program to an important educational milestone for the area’s theatre community. Youth who earn accolades at DFYT gain access to a wide variety of career opportunities in media and performing arts.
In recent years, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has initiated a number of projects designed to boost its standing as a cultural destination. In addition to housing the 450,000-square-foot Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the new Cultural District on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island will serve as the home of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Due to open in 2015, the Louvre Abu Dhabi represents a long-standing art exchange agreement between Abu Dhabi and France.
Thanks to its connection with the world-famous museum in France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature artworks from French museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, and Centre Pompidou. The museum will also pay tribute to Abu Dhabi’s location at the heart of the Silk Route, which existed for many centuries as the primary means of communication and commerce between East and West. The central display will take visitors on a historical journey through periods such as the birth of civilization, the birth of Islam, the classical period, and the modern era.
Construction is well underway on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, an internationally recognized destination that will serve as an anchor for continued cultural growth in Abu Dhabi. Located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will occupy 450,000 square feet of floor space and play host to a wide variety of modern art exhibitions and special collections. The museum will stand as the largest Guggenheim museum in the world.
In terms of the artwork contained within the museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will place a special emphasis on contemporary art from across the Middle East. The museum will include pieces from the extensive collection of the Guggenheim Foundation, thus making it a prominent cultural destination for people from all over the world. The museum will also feature a massive 350-seat theater, where visitors can participate in a number of educational and performing arts programs, such as music recitals, dance productions, panels, lectures, and symposiums.
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is expected to open in 2017.