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10 things to do today: attend a screening of Jean Renoir's The River, buy Abu Dhabi Festival tickets and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for January 23, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

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Abu Dhabi

Film screening

Watch a screening of the ­visually stunning 1951 Jean Renoir film The River as part of the Cinema Space series. The film has been restored with the ­support of Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. It is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by Rumer Godden, a coming-of-age story about three young women growing up on the banks of the Bengal river.

Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

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Abu Dhabi

Music festival

Buy tickets now for the Abu Dhabi Festival, which runs from March 14 to 31 and features a mix of artists across a variety of genres and nationalities, opening with Saudi singer Mohamed Abdo. There are also performances by American jazz icon Wynton Marsalis, Portuguese singer Mariza (pictured), and The Silk Road Ensemble with Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

March 14 to 31, various timings, from Dh125, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.800tickets.com/abudhabifestival

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Abu Dhabi

Fitness event

Register for The Climb to Abu Dhabi, a vertical marathon up an iconic Abu Dhabi tower. Elite categories will compete in a time-trial format, climbing 82 floors, 1,617 steps, while family, school and community categories will compete in 32 floors (720 steps). The prize pool is US$25,000 (Dh92,000) and training sessions are underway.

Friday, Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, register at www.climbtoabudhabi.com

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Nationwide

New movie

The Family Fang, directed by Jason Bateman, is about siblings Annie and Baxter (Nicole Kidman and Bateman), who return to their family home in search of their elderly parents, who are famous performance artists, but have disappeared. Despite their complicated relationship with their parents, Baxter is worried that something has happened to them, while Annie is sure that it’s a staged event for a performance. The film is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Kevin Wilson. Comedy drama, also starring Kathryn Hahn, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett and Frank Harts.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (PG-15)

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Dubai

Style exhibition

Book tickets to visit Designing 007: Fifty Years of James Bond Style, which features an array of exhibitions and experiences ­focusing on the design and style of the James Bond ­franchise, including ­music, gadgets, ­vehicles, technology, fashion and more from the past 50 years.

Daily until February 13, 10am to 11pm, Dh125 for adults; Dh90 for children, The Annex, Burj Khalifa, enter from The Armani Hotel or LG in The Dubai Mall, Dubai, www.jamesbondexhibition-dubai.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Catch the opening of Desert Tales. Farah Coolman, an artist from Trinidad and Tobago, presents works in acrylics and oil pastels representing a visual journey through the UAE’s past, present and beyond, emphasising its richness and diversity and highlighting the tranquility and relaxing atmosphere. Pictured: Diversity of the Desert

Opens tonight, 7pm, then runs daily until March 31, 10am to 10pm, Z Gallery, first floor, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0333, www.fourpointssheikh zayedroad.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Sculptures by Tony Cragg opens today and features 18 works of bronze, stone, wood and glass, with which he uses an experimental approach based on material and forms of the world around us. The artist creates new forms by applying techniques such as stacking and layering different types of materials and everyday objects. Pictured: Migrant

Opens today, 6pm to 9pm, then runs daily until March 6, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Leila Heller Gallery, I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 056 831 3520, www.leilahellergallery.com

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Dubai

Music festival

Get tickets for RedFest DXB. The two-day music event features Daya, G-Eazy, Sean Paul and The Veronicas on the first night and Demi Lovato, Mike Posner, Tove Lo (pictured) and Alessia Cara on the second night.

February 2 and 3, 6pm to 1am on Thursday; 2pm to 1am on Friday, from Dh395 for a one-day ticket, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Dubai

Theatre

See Cats. The ­Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is being performed in Dubai for the first time. Adapted from TS Eliot’s Old ­Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the story blends ­fantasy, ­romance and drama, and includes a ­score ­featuring the timeless classic, Memory.

Daily until Saturday, 8pm daily, from Dh475, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Dubai

Shopping festival

Visit BoxPark, the 1.2km-long outdoor retail destination featuring urban architecture combined with warehouse containers, during Dubai Shopping Festival. Find great deals among its 15 retail outlets, two pop-up stores and 29 dining options, and take advantage of the 3to7 promotion when you can get 20 to 30 per cent off your total bill at select dining outlets between 3pm and 7pm, Sundays to Wednesdays.

Open 10am to 10pm, Sunday to Wednesday; 10am to midnight, Thursday to Saturday, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, 04 317 3999, www.boxpark.ae

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