A Record Turnout

Louvre Abu Dhabi welcomed 30,000 visitors and 227 artists and performers during opening celebrations

Last month, 11 November, saw the official opening of the UAEÔÇÖs much-anticipated creative hothouse, the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

To mark the historic occasion, the museum presented four days of public performances, workshops and concerts, including an audio-visual light show from Groupe F as well as headline concerts under the museumÔÇÖs iconic dome from French superstar Matthieu Chedid, known as ÔÇôMÔÇô; Malian singer and dancer Fatoumata Diawara; jazz and world music sensation Ibrahim Maalouf; and Colombian-Caribbean powerhouse Tot?? La Momposina.

In total the museum presented 25 events by 227 artists across the four days, including choreography by Lucinda Childs and Lemi Ponifasio; traditional Emirati Al Ayaala, Chinese and Dogon parades; a music video montage of found TV footage by Emirati artist Hind Mezaina; and other multicultural music, dance and art performances. These welcome celebrations at the Louvre Abu Dhabi saw a footfall of 30,000.

ÔÇ£Welcoming thousands of visitors to Louvre Abu Dhabi during the opening week was an honour,ÔÇØ said Manuel Rabat?®, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi. ÔÇ£Walking under the dome and seeing the rain of light for the first time is an awe-inspiring experience, and a dramatic backdrop for the multicultural performances and concerts. Louvre Abu DhabiÔÇÖs opening week was characterised by a truly joyful, creative atmosphere, which has inspired Abu DhabiÔÇÖs residents and visitors,ÔÇØ he added.

For more information on the museum, visit louvreabudhabi.ae and check out Oasis LivingÔÇÖs special Louvre feature on page 30.
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