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Live music from Asian Dub Foundation and an Immersive art exhibit to feature at The Arts Centre, NYU

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has announced its ninth season. Under the theme Arts at the Center, they'll feature an eclectic mix of global and local talent is showcased through dance and music shows, talks, and workshops. Their aim is to invite you to experience something new, unfamiliar, and exciting.

Here is our top four events you can't miss:

Event: N O W I S W H E N W E A R E (the stars) by Andrew Schneider

Details: The immersive, multimedia theatrical installation uses thousands of reactive lights and hundreds of speakers to create an interactive theatrical cosmos in a unique experience. The show has two versions – a narrative version for only eight audience members at a time, and an installation version for up to 40 people.

Date: Thursday-Sunday, August 31-September 3, and Tuesday-Sunday, September 5-10 at 2:30-5:30pm and 7-11pm.

Venue: The Black Box at NYU Abu Dhabi

Event: Betsayda Machado and Parranda el Clavo with special guests Liwa Maritime Ensemble

Details: After touring throughout Europe and North Africa, these remarkable singers will make their Middle East debut, showcasing the sounds of Venezuelan afro-soul Tambor – a spirit-shaking percussion and voice celebration, comprised of polyphonic melodies and call-and-response chants layered on propulsive traditional drums. The UAE’s Liwa Maritime Ensemble opens with a performance of Emirati cultural heritage.

Date: Thursday, September 7, at 7:30pm.

Venue: The Red Theater at NYU Abu Dhabi

Event: Asian Dub Foundation - In Concert

Details: The genre-busting East London collective perform for a second night, this time bringing a dance concert that spotlights their tough jungle rhythms, dub basslines, wild guitar, and forceful high-speed raps drawn from South Asian roots. Expect a wild ride from their Mercury Prize-nominated 1998 classic, Rafi’s Revenge through to their ninth studio album, Access Denied, released in 2020.

Date: Friday, September 22 at 7:30pm

Venue: The Black Box at NYU Abu Dhabi

Event: Songs My Father Loved Bebel Gilberto

The Brazilian chanteuse presents a series of heartfelt and personal songs dedicated to her father, bossa nova originator João Gilberto. Through her intimate, acoustic style, Gilberto will showcase her skills as a composer, infusing her trademark Brazilian rhythms with a contemporary sensibility..

Date: Saturday, September 30 at 7:30pm

Venue: The Red Theater at NYU Abu Dhabi

Check out all the other events including dance performances, poetry, and more live music here