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10 things to do today: celebrate Chinese New Year on Al Maryah Island, head to the Quoz Arts Fest, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for January 27, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

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Abu Dhabi

Outdoor market

Check out the Marhaba Market at Deerfields Mall, where you’ll find family fun and entertainment, as well as 30 exhibitors offering fresh produce, flowers and plants, plus art, handicrafts, fashion items, toys and homeware. There will also be children’s activities, food stalls, football, Zumba and hip-hop dance classes.

Today, 4pm to 10pm, Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road, www.facebook.com/DeerfieldsMall

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Dubai

Performance

Get tickets to attend a performance of Mary Poppins by Turning Pointe Youth Ballet about the fun and magical nanny who arrives to take care of Jane and Michael and takes them on a magical journey through the park. Stay after the show to meet the characters.

February 3 and 4, 1.30pm and 4pm, from Dh105, ages 3+ Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org

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Abu Dhabi

Concert

Josh McCarthy opens his residency at [email protected] tonight. Crowned as Cosmopolitan Middle East’s Bachelor of the Year 2016, the Australian singer and songwriter presents original, melodic harmonies on his acoustic guitar every Friday night for an enjoyable weekend evening out.

Tonight, from 7pm, [email protected], The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, www.pizzaexpress.ae/jazzpizzaexpress

Abu Dhabi

Performance

Register to attend Rooftop Rhythms #45 featuring an open mic night and the debut of the duet slam called Two Piece and a Slide, in which poets pair up and either perform each other’s work or create new poems together. DJ Allad spins the tunes, refreshments are available for purchase and the event is open to all ages.

Tonight, 8pm, The Marketplace, NYU Abu Dhabi Campus Center, Saadiyat Island, register starting today at 3pm at www.nyuad-artscenter.org

Abu Dhabi

Cultural festivities

Welcome the Year of the Rooster at Chinese New Year celebrations on Al Maryah Island, featuring authentic Chinese cooking, a parade, a lion and dragon dance, a drumming show, acrobats, food trucks, and arts and crafts such as sugar-painting, origami, calligraphy lantern- and kite-painting and tea-making, as well as fireworks tonight at 9pm on the Promenade. Plus, see an art exhibition that runs until February 4 that showcases works by Chinese folk artist Yuan Hongbin.

Today and tomorrow, from 1pm and 4pm for arts and crafts; from 4pm for performances, food trucks and live cooking, Promenade, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/AlMaryahIsland

Dubai

Food event

Visit Street Food Market DXB, which features more than 20 innovative concepts, including fusion dishes, new burger and hot-dog concepts, and meat selections from a giant smoking barbecue and grill from home-grown international stalls and food trucks. Relax in a funky, industrial-style outdoor setting for adults only, as local DJs spin cool tunes.

Today and tomorrow, noon to 2am on Friday; 4pm to 11pm on Saturday, Dh10 entry fee, ages 21+, Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai, www.facebook.com/streetfoodmarketdxb

Dubai

Concert

Catch a performance by The Alaa Faqir Project – Live! at The Music Room. One of Jordan’s top rock and metal instrumental bands, led by guitar virtuoso Alaa Faqir, they headline an event featuring blues from Still Raw, fronted by guitarist Fahad Majdalani and guest vocalist Max McCane; a combination of blues, country, soul and rock with La Globus with Alessandro Terzi; and classic rock from Sandstörm led by Karl Feilder.

Tonight, from 8pm, from Dh80, The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, 04 359 8888, www.platinumlist.net

Dubai

Performances

Swiss performers take to the stage for Swiss Days 2017. Tonight, Inmotion present mind-boggling yo-yo tricks, throws and catches, and Special Elements (pictured) dance crew perform hip-hop moves that helped them reach the finals of a top Swiss talent show. Tomorrow, Bastian Baker performs his mix of pop-folk and singalong ballads.

Today and tomorrow, doors open nightly at 7.30pm with shows beginning at 8.30pm, Dh60 on Friday; Dh190 on Saturday, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.virginmegastore.me

Dubai

Shopping festival

Visit Wafi, where children can enjoy the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party today from 4pm to 7pm as part of the Alice’s Adventures at Wafi theme for the Dubai Shopping Festival. There will be a costume contest, activities, sweet treats and prizes, plus costumed characters, a raffle draw and promotions.

Open 10am to midnight, free, Wafi, Oud Metha Road, Dubai, 04 324 4555, www.facebook.com/wafimall

Dubai

Arts festival

Celebrate the local arts and culture scene at the Quoz Arts Fest, which features the businesses and galleries from the Alserkal Avenue neighbourhood in a programme of dance performances, free workshops, poetry readings, gallery tours, live music, walking tours of Al Quoz, food from Good Vibes Market and more.

Today and tomorrow, 10am to 10pm, free, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalavenue.ae

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