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10 things to do today: catch a screening of A Barefoot Dream, celebrate the Chinese New Year at Yas Mall, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for January 25, 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

Catch a screening of A Barefoot Dream, as part of the Cinema Space film series. The Korean film, based on a true story, focuses on former footballer Kim Won-kang (Park Hee-soon), who visits East Timor, where he sees children playing the sport barefoot on rocky pitches. Sensing a business opportunity, he opens an equipment store, but none of the children can afford sports shoes or jerseys. Soon, he finds himself coaching the youths and forming a team. The film is in Korean with English subtitles.

Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Korean Cultural Center, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

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Abu Dhabi

Cultural festivities

Visit Yas Mall this month for a celebration of Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster, featuring traditional decorations, activities and performances that showcase the rich Chinese heritage, plus special shop-and-win offers and promotions for visitors. From noon daily, see activities including a Chinese parade, stage performances, dragon-dance troupes, kung-fu ­acrobats, Chinese fan and ribbon dances, as well as Chinese ­calligraphy and sugar painting sessions and Chinese- language workshops for children.

Open 10am to 10pm, Pearl Court, Main Entrance, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmall.com

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Abu Dhabi

Comedy show

Have some fun with the Yalla Laughs crew at Comedy at the Greek, featuring top local and regional comedians including Dugan McShain, Jon Boulton (pictured), Colin Armstrong, Rob McKenzie, headliner Abdullah Al Qassab and MC Erik Thornquist.

Tonight, 8pm, free entry, Acropolis, Le Méridien, Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, www.yallalaughs.com

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Abu Dhabi

Bridal show

Bride Abu Dhabi 2017 opens today. A one-stop-shop for brides-to-be, the event offers a variety of jewellery, hair, beauty, wellness, home and bridal fashion options under one roof. Also check out the Arabic ­Fashion Awards, Bride Wedding Awards, the VIP Lounge, and the Indulge Me Pamper Zone, which offers a number of express treatments.

Daily until Saturday, from 4pm, Dh20, Halls 7,8 and 9, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Film screening

Alliance Française Abu Dhabi is hosting a poolside, open-air cinema screening of L’Affaire SK1, a detective movie about the hunt for and trial of a French criminal known as The Beast of the Bastille. The Frédéric Tellier film is in French with English subtitles and stars Raphaël Personnaz, Nathalie Baye and Olivier Gourmet.

Tonight, 8.30pm, Dh75 includes refreshments, Mercure Abu Dhabi Centre Hotel, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 659 2831

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Line | Khat by Golnaz Fathi explores the relationship between experimental ­calligraphic mark-­making and non-traditional ­mediums, in a new body of work that originates from the intimate narrative of diaries and notebooks. ­Pictured: An untitled ­image by Golnaz Fathi

Daily until Saturday, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 1367, www.thethirdline.com

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Dubai

Literature festival

Get your tickets for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and ­spoken word hosts international 160 ­writers, poets, thinkers and speakers conducting 250 sessions, including a murder mystery dinner, author talks, children’s events and a creative-writing course.

March 3 to 11, various venues in Dubai, including InterContinental at Dubai Festival City, Dubai International Writers’ Centre, Al Mamzar Scientific & Cultural Association and Novo Cinemas at Dubai Festival City, tickets.emirateslitfest.com

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Dubai

Performance

Get tickets for West Side Story at Dubai Opera and experience the New York-set story featuring romance, conflict, dances featuring Jerome Robbins’ original ­choreography, and a score composed by Leonard ­Bernstein with timeless songs such as Tonight, Maria, Somewhere and America.

February 14 to 18, 8pm daily; plus 3pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

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Dubai

Charity walk

Register to take part in the 3km Dubai Cares Walk for Education in solidarity with, and to support, children in developing countries who walk long distances to get to school each day. The event is open to all ages, and friends and families are invited to enjoy fun activities.

February 17, 8am to noon, Dubai Creek Park, next to Al Garhoud Bridge, Dubai, register at www.dubaicares.ae

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Bernhard Buhmann references the Charlie Chaplin film in the title of his latest solo exhibition, Modern Times, which questions the effects of globalisation and fragmentation of personal identities through characters that face the consequences of industrialisation. Pictured: Free-wheeling B

Daily until February 28, 11.30am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 340 6016, www.carbon12dubai.com

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