The Abu Dhabi Festival was founded in April 2004. This year, the Festival will celebrate its 12th successive edition. Under the stewardship and direction of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF), the Festival has successfully positioned itself alongside international peers, raised global recognition of Abu Dhabi as cultural destination and established itself as one of the Region’s leading music and arts events.
The Abu Dhabi Festival celebrates Abu Dhabi as a place of tolerance, respect and enlightenment and in so doing, endeavors to reflect the vision for the future of Abu Dhabi as an international hub for the arts. The vision of the Festival is aligned to the vision of Abu Dhabi as a thriving metropolis for creativity and excellence in arts and culture that places art, education and culture at the heart of the UAE. The Festival is a committed advocate of cross cultural understanding and plays an intrinsic role in supporting the artistic renaissance across the Middle East by further pushing the boundaries of creativity and excellence in innovation.
President and Patron: His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.
Honorable Patrons: H.E. Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan & H.H. Sheikha Sheikha bint Saif Al Nahyan
Founder and Artistic Director: H. E Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo