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10 things to do today: Celebrate Korean Children’s Day, register for the Skin Deep Designs workshop at Warehouse421, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for April 26, 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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Dubai

Performance

Get tickets now to see a live performance of the children’s classic Guess How Much I Love You, based on the best-seller by Sam McBratney. The production uses storytelling, puppetry and music to tell the story of Nutbrown hares exploring the seasons, and invites the audience to interact with them on stage.

Friday, 11am, 2pm and 4pm, from Dh110, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org

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Abu Dhabi

Art workshop

Register to attend the workshop Skin Deep Designs at Warehouse421 as inspired by the Lest We Forget exhibition Emirati Adornment: Tangible and Intangible. The workshop explores the evolution of henna designs throughout Emirati history. Learn about the use of henna with a focus on its relationship to line illustrations and patterns. Create a simple hand model to decorate with henna.

May 3, Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Comedy show

Have some fun with the Yalla Laughs gang at Comedy at the Greek. The line-up of top local comedians includes Ginger Lynz, Nacya Marreiro, Colin Armstrong, Erik Thornquist, Adam Buck, Ray Addison and MC Jon Boulton.

Tonight, 8pm, free entry, Acropolis Restaurant, Le Méridien, Abu Dhabi, 02 692 8500, www.yallalaughs.com

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Abu Dhabi

Concert

Attend Bach to Berio, performed by Clare Lesser (pictured), David Lesser and Cristina Ioan at the NYU Abu Dhabi Music Program. Hear works across three centuries, from Bach to the late 20th century, as well as feature pieces by two NYU Abu Dhabi composers. It will culminate with Luciano Berio’s Altra Voce, accompanied by a film by NYUAD student Harshini Karunaratne.

Tonight, 7.30pm, Blue Hall, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org

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Abu Dhabi

Heritage talk

Attend the talk The Archaeological Story of the United Arab Emirates, as part of the Multaqa series presented by Zayed National Museum. Eisa Yousif, of Sharjah Archaeology Authority, and Peter Magee of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, will speak about excavations of Bronze Age tombs on Umm Al Nar Island in the 1950s, and how Sheikh Zayed, the Founding President of the UAE, encouraged excavations that led to a flourishing archaeological study of the UAE.

Tonight, 7pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 657 5800, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Cultural fun

Celebrate Korean Children’s Day, which falls on May 5, with the children’s musical The Adventure of Hallakkung at Korean Cultural Centre. The show tells the story of Hallakkung, who travels to find his father and reflects the Korean values of family love and the triumph of good. There will also be children’s activities, including colouring Korean fans and learning traditional music.

Today, 6pm to 7.30pm, free with registration, Korean Cultural Centre, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, registration essential at hallakkung.splashthat.com

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Dubai

Concert

Enjoy a concert by French jazz pianist Manuel Rocheman, who will perform tracks from his 11th album, original and diverse pieces composed for his trio with drummer Matthieu Chazarenc and bassist Mathias Allamane, as well as music by renowned composer Michel Legrand.

Tonight, 8pm, from Dh100, Infini Pool, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, www.afdubai.org

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Illuminated Space features abstract paintings by artist Samia Halaby, inspired by the contours of living organisms such as soft edges of plant life, as well as the interplays of light in an urban environment. Pictured: Volcano

Daily until June 17, 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to 6pm on Saturdays (closed on Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, 11 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242, www.ayyamgallery.com

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Dubai

Performance

Get tickets to see a stage adaptation of Mary Poppins. The story, based on the P L Travers books and the Disney film, is about a mysterious nanny who brings a world of magic, travel and imagination to the Banks children. The timeless score includes the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

May 1 to 25, 7.45pm daily, plus 3pm on May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24 and 25 (no shows on May 7, 14 and 21), Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

In the exhibition Drifting Island, Marwan Sahmarani uses colour and gestural abstraction in expressive paintings that reflect his experiences, including day-to-day politics in Lebanon, landscapes of Spain and current events, and explores the root and motivation of violence. Pictured: Landscape, 2016

Daily until June 4, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Leila Heller Gallery, I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 056 831 3520, www.leilahellergallery.com

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