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10 things to do today: see Italian street acts at Nation Galleria, attend Abu Dhabi Classics concert and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for December 13, 2016, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

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Abu Dhabi

Performances

Visit Nation Galleria and enjoy fun, family-friendly performances by Italian street acts, including Raoul the Pizza Guy, who will serve up comedy, improvisation and interactive gags at his restaurant today. Catch Luigi Candy Man (pictured) tomorrow, a candy-floss street vendor, who innocently invites passers-by to indulge in his sugary delights before turning into a “sugar fairy”.

Today and tomorrow, 6pm on Wednesday; 6.30pm on Thursday, first floor, Nation Galleria, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.nationtowers.ae

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Abu Dhabi Classics concert

Enjoy a performance by Stephan Moccio & Orchestra as part of the Abu Dhabi Classics series. The Grammy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominated composer, known for his songs written for The Weeknd (Earned It) and Céline Dion (A New Day Has Come), as well as Miley Cyrus’s hit Wrecking Ball, will lead a string orchestra and two soloists to showcase his blend of classical and pop music.

Tonight, 8pm, from Dh100, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabiclassics.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Heritage festival

Visit the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival and learn more about local culture. The event, which celebrates the legacy of the Founding President of the UAE, features entertainment including regional and international traditional dances, camel and horse rides, and arts and crafts. Also available are film screenings, handicraft demonstrations, henna, a souq, traditional food options and a variety of food trucks from the current Street Feast event.

Daily until January 1, 3pm to 10pm, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, www.zayedfestival.com

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Abu Dhabi

Festive film

Catch a screening of the French film Le père Noël (Santa Claus) presented by Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, the final screening of the Cine Rendez-Vous film series. The French holiday movie tells the story of the friendship between a young boy and a thief who dresses as Santa. The Alliance Française team will also sing popular French carols before the movie.

Tonight, 8pm, free, Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, near Irish Embassy, Abu Dhabi, www.afabudhabi.org

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Abu Dhabi

Talk

Register to attend today’s talk, A Mena Perspective on Visual Communication, as part of Wednesdays at the Warehouse. Industry leaders from across the region will investigate examples of contemporary visual communication practices and discuss their social, cultural, artistic and commercial influences.

Today, 6.30pm to 8pm, free with registration, Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, register at www.warehouse421.ae

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Dubai

Art exhibition

In Word Chimes; Meaning in Movements, Pakistani artist Simeen Farhat presents a solo show of works featuring abstract forms created out of dyed cast resin, and texts of poems in various languages as the artist’s personal writings. Pictured: A Gentle Breeze

Daily until January 24, 10am to 6pm, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com

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Dubai

Market

Visit the Ripe Market at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi and find seasonal organic produce, freshly baked breads and a variety of arts, crafts, jewellery, live music and food trucks to enjoy in an idyllic setting by the sea.

Today, 2pm to 9pm, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 04 315 7000, [email protected]

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Dubai

Art exhibition

See Migration Stories, in which Farzad Kohan records the experiences of migrants who resettled in the US or Europe from the Middle East, detailing their stories with text-based paintings in Typewriter font. Pictured: Migration Stories #1

Daily until February 23, 10am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to to 8pm, Saturdays (closed on Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, 04 439 2395, www.ayyamgallery.com

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Dubai

Fitness class

Sign up to try a parkour class at Dubai Ladies Club. Led by Andrea Brooks, a certified parkour coach, you can learn the art of movement and how to travel freely through and over any terrain by developing balance, strength, dynamism, endurance and more. The full body workout will include running, jumping, climbing and playing.

Tomorrow, 10am, Dh120 for Dubai Ladies Club members; Dh140 for non-members, Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 349 9922, [email protected]

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Dubai

Festive show

Jingle Bell Favourites is a festive celebration featuring the London Concert Orchestra Show Band, Capital Voices and West End soloists, who will present traditional, seasonal classics and carols for the whole family to enjoy and even to sing along to. Songs include All I Want for Christmas, Let It Snow, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Jingle Bell Rock and Silent Night.

Today, 3pm and 8pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

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