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10 things to do today: Visit the Winter Festival in Al Ain, take part in the Electric Run, and more

Our daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for February 24, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Ellen Fortini rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.

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Abu Dhabi

Dance performance

Attend Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, a programme of site-specific performances free from the constrictions of the conventional stage. Brown’s artistic directors visit each venue and rethink her work, recombining material from her repertory to accommodate the spatial demands of each venue. Pre-show talks begin at 10am and 3pm, and the show begins at Black Box and moves to non-seated locations throughout campus. A Q&A with the artists will follow.

February 24 to 25, 11am and 4pm, registration is required to attend, Black Box and various campus venues, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org

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Abu Dhabi

Family fun

Visit the Winter Festival in Al Ain to enjoy delicious treats from food trucks, shopping at the mini souq, entertainment including shows, a bouncy castle, bubble balls, music, face-painting and henna. Try the new attraction, Adventure Island, an inflatable water park with 21 obstacles and large enough for 25 guests at a time.

Today, 2pm to 10pm, Dh35, Wadi Adventure, Al Ain, 03 781 8422, [email protected]

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Abu Dhabi

Kids’ fun

Attend the Korean Animation Day presented by the Korean Embassy and the Korean Cultural Center. Children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy educational activities such as colouring and fan-making (3pm to 6pm); animated TV show screenings (6pm to 8pm), including Super Wings, Tayo the Little Bus and Alien Monkeys; and animated-film screenings from 8pm.

Today, 3pm to 11pm, Dh5 entrance to park, Children’s Garden, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, uae.korean-culture.org

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Nationwide

New movie

Hidden Figures tells the true story of engineer Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and mathematicians Katherine G Johnson (Taraji P Henson) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), African-American women working at Nasa, who were vital to various early missions of the American space programme. The film has been nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Spencer. Biographical drama, also starring Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons and Kirsten Dunst.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG-15)

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Abu Dhabi

Fitness event

Take part in the Daman ActiveLife Electric Run Recharged. The updated race includes the new Power Hour, which gives access to the 5K neon course from 6.45pm, plus an upgraded course experience, interactive technology and the post-run concert.

Today, gates open at 5pm, run starts after dark, from Dh200, Yas Gateway Park, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.electricrun.ae

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Dubai

Concert

Head to The Music Room for a taste of Beatlemania as The Beatles Revolution, a tribute band from the United Kingdom, perform the Fab Five’s top hits.

Tonight, doors open at 6pm, Dh100, The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Dubai

Rugby event

Attend the Zurich Corporate Touch 6s rugby tournament to enjoy a day of energetic, high-intensity sport in a fun, social environment. Children can participate in the free kids’ tournament, plus there will be entertainment and food trucks with activities for the whole family, including trampolines courtesy of Bounce, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and a bouncy castle.

Today, from 9am, free entry, Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, Dubai, www.zurichcorporatetouch6s.com

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Dubai

Concert

Catch the final night of this year’s Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. Former The Wanted member Nathan Sykes will open for Enrique Iglesias (Hero, Bailando), pictured.

Tonight, 8.30pm, from Dh395, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Dubai

Film screening

Catch a screening of the 2015 film Dheepan as part of the Work in Progress series presented by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue. The film tells the story of a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan Jesuthasan), who poses as the husband and father of two other refugees to escape the civil war. The “family” flee to France, where they try to establish a new life, and struggle on the streets of Paris as new immigrants.

Tonight, 7pm, free on a first-come, first-seated basis, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com

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Dubai

Performance

Fame the Musical comes to Madinat Theatre, telling the story of the final class at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York, from their admission to their graduation, through energetic dance, drama and song, including the Academy Award-winning title song.

Runs until March 4, 1pm and 7pm today and tomorrow; 8pm on March 1; 4pm and 8pm on March 2; 1pm and 7pm on March 3 and 4, from Dh200, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.madinattheatre.com

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