WASLA, the ultimate Arabic Alternative Music Festival, is returning to the city on April 5, 2019, from 11am and right up until 11pm, at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai. The line-up includes legendary regional bands including Cairokee, Massar Egbari, Mashrou’ Leila, 47 Soul and El Morabba3.
With Live Nation, in partnership with Brag and in association with Emaar, and supported by strategic partner Dubai Calendar, hospitality partner Rove Hotels, WASLA 2019 will showcase an extensive line-up of cultural, artistic and musical elements, powered by explosive live performances.
Local, Dubai-based talent will also get a chance to shine at the festival, with local instrumentalists Noon, DJ Karrouhat, Arab fusion-pop collective Redaround, and Egyptian rockers Shaghaf all set to bring their relentless energy to the WASLA stage as opening and closing acts. There will also be a range of art installations at the fest including an innovative artistic zone from Blank Canvas Community, powered by Facebook, where visitors can explore their creativity.
When everything is right, you obviously cannot leave the food behind. The selection of food offerings will be diverse, full of unique twists on traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and international options. A curated selection of homegrown and regional flavours will be available, including a food truck from Rove Hotels that will serve fusion food including Mediterranean hot dogs and chicken tikka tacos. Food stalls from Vida, Booza Frosties, Ka’ak al Manara, and 12 Carts will also serve street-food favourites like gourmet burgers, Ka’ak and Lebanese ice cream which can be paired with shisha and refreshing beverages.
Festival-goers can spend the day learning new crafts or participating in fantastic workshops. Drum circles will allow everyone to enjoy a unique, adrenaline-pumping experience. Face-painting, traditional café games such as ‘tawla’ and ‘conkan’, and henna painting will keep you busy.
Adding to the experience are numerous workshops featuring artistic planting, palm weaving, candle silhouette painting, and My Hamza Hand, brought to you by Al Serkal that brings Arabic arts and crafts into the spotlight. Customary Tannoura, Dabke (Arabic forms of dance) and Hula dancers will keep viewers engaged as they await performances. You can also indulge in some retail therapy at the bazaar at lifestyle, fashion and home ware concept stores, inspired by the rich and diverse culture of the Arab world.
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