Dubai Metro Music Festival

Dubai Metro Music Festival to take place from 6-12 March

Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Dubai Government Media Office (GDMO), in collaboration with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has announced that the third Dubai Metro Music Festival will take place from March 6-12.

Reflecting the cosmopolitan spirit and creative energy of Dubai, the week-long celebration of world music will see five metro stations – Union, Mall of Emirates, Burjuman, Dubai Financial Centre and Sobha Realty – transformed into stages for live musical performances by the world’s most innovative musicians.

Dubai Metro Music Festival is one of the key events highlighted in the latest #DubaiDestinations campaign, which invites residents and visitors to experience the diverse arts and cultural events the emirate offers during #DubaiArtSeason. This year’s event focuses on the theme of sustainable development in line with the UAE’s declaration of 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainable Development’. Musicians will take part in the festival to showcase their talent using instruments made from recycled materials.

Twenty local, regional and international musicians will perform before passengers, presenting unique sparks of creative talent in a wide range of instruments, genres and styles.

A mix of traditional and experimental musicians, classical instrumentalists and fusion musicians will entertain the cosmopolitan community at Dubai Metro Music Festival. Participating musicians will showcase their talent in playing strings, drums, brass, acoustic and other unusual instruments, including those made from recycled objects.

This year’s Dubai Metro Music Festival features performers from Egypt, India, France, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Cuba, the UK, Lebanon, Canada, the Netherlands, Jordan, and Australia.

The programme also includes special performances by Eman Al Raisi, an Emirati electric guitarist, and Shadi L. Harbi, a self-taught musician from Saudi Arabia, who will play the oud.

Traditional instruments featured this year include the qanun (a type of stringed instrument), piano, flute, oud, drums, saxophone, santur (an ancient instrument), guitar and harmonica. Musicians will also play electric guitar, hand pans and homemade instruments.

Dubai Metro Music Festival will introduce audiences to new instruments such as the beatbox flute, new musical styles such as folk beatboxing, and unique performances including a puppet show combining music with imitations of Umm Qultum performances, a music show with instruments made from recycled materials, the youngest DJ in the Middle East, music performed by a woman with a ‘mirror head’ and a two guitar show.

The public will be able to watch live performances from 4pm to 10pm every day. All performances will alternate throughout the festival to cover all five metro stations.

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