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10 things to do today: Visit the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, head to the final day of the Al Dhafra Water Festival, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for April 29, 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

Film screenings

Register to attend screenings of the films The Wizard of Oz and Tre Mogli (Three Wives) as part of the Cinema Space series at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The 1939 American classic The Wizard of Oz, directed by Victor Fleming, is presented in a newly restored version. The timeless film tells the story of Dorothy (Judy Garland), a farm girl who is caught in a tornado and ends up in the Land of Oz, where she needs the help of new friends to find her way home. Tre Mogli will be presented with actress Francesca D’Aloja in person. The 2001 Marco Risi film tells the story of three women from different walks of life, who discover one New Year’s Eve that their bank employee husbands have much more than their employer in common. The film is in Italian with English subtitles.

Today, 4pm for The Wizard of Oz; 7pm for Tre Mogli, free with registration, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

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Abu Dhabi

Book fair

Visit the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and enjoy a variety of literary and cultural events, including poetry readings, spoken word performances, book signings and talks. Events today include talks on Arab sculpture, Chinese women’s literature, happiness and scientific literacy. There will also be eight films at the Black Box Cinema and cooking demonstrations in the Show Kitchen. These include Cooking with Children at 9am and 11am, Food from Nawab’s Kitchen at 4pm, Polish Food at 6pm and Food with a Twist at 8pm.

Daily until Tuesday, 9am to 10pm, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi, www.adbookfair.com

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Abu Dhabi

Parenting event

Attend My Pregnancy Arabia and hear a series of talks by professionals about pregnancy, birth and babies. You can also take part in a pre-natal partner yoga class presented by Bodytree Studio. Browse the market stalls of local businesses, offering pre- and post-natal services and enjoy complimentary healthy snacks.

Today, 10am to 2pm, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.mypregnancyarabia.net

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Abu Dhabi

Grand prix

Discounted tickets for the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are only available for one more month. Take advantage of the GP Parks Pass for unlimited access to the Yas Island parks – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld – and for every three-day adult grandstand ticket, a child under-12 gets free Friday entry to the grandstand plus access to the Yas Island parks.

November 24 to 26, from Dh1,120 for a three-day Abu Dhabi Hill package until May 31, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 927, www.yasmarinacircuit.com

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Al Dhafra

Family fun

Visit the final day of the Al Dhafra Water Festival, and watch or take part in a variety of sports and cultural activities, including beach football and volleyball competitions, marine races for dhows, sail and row boats, as well as kitesurfing. Families can enjoy a traditional souq, fashion shows and a cooking competition, plus a children’s village, which has events such as tug of war, rowing, swimming, drawing, magic trick shows and more.

Today, various timings, free, Mirfa Beach, Al Dhafra Region, Abu Dhabi, www.aldhafrawaterfestival.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

Alliance Française Dubai presents Gold Up, an exhibition of works by the French artist Claude Guénard, who deconstructs the basic figures extracted from art and fashion magazines and sketches over them, questioning imagery, revealing the hidden motivations of society and the secrets of the subconscious mind. Pictured: Audrey Hepburn

Daily until May 8, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 10am to 6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, off 32nd Street near Irish Embassy, Abu Dhabi, 02 666 6232, www.afabudhabi.org

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Dubai

Concert

Enjoy a concert by the Trenchtown Experience, a leading Bob Marley and the Wailers tribute band from the UK. The celebration of Marley and his reggae band will include classic hits such as I Shot the Sheriff, No Woman No Cry, One Love and Get Up, Stand Up. The band will also perform their signature tune, Trenchtown Rock.

Tonight, 8.30pm, free entry, all ages, Hard Rock Cafe Dubai, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai, www.hardrock.com/dubai

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Dubai

Performance

Loom Ensemble presents the final performance of Bootstraps, which features 20 actors and dancers whose characters are created out of the performers’ life experiences, drawing directly on the cultural heritage of their ancestors from around the world. The event celebrates the cultural diversity of Dubai, examines how to define success and explores how modern career goals can tear us away from our cultural roots.

Tonight, 8pm, Dh75, thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, registration essential at 04 341 7303, www.thejamjardubai.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Tehran-based painter Afshin Pirhashemi presents House of Cards, which features large-scale works that describe how the dominant role of media in everyday life increasingly shapes world views. The artist incorporates popular culture references as well as iconic female protagonists to portray power in various ways. Pictured: An untitled image by Afshin Pirhashemi

Daily until May 25, 10am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to 8pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, 04 439 2395, www.ayyamgallery.com

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Nationwide

New movie

Set in Boston in 1978, Free Fire stars Brie Larson as Justine, who organises a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs conducting a weapons sale. It turns into a game of survival after shots are fired during the transaction and chaos ensues. Action, directed by Ben Wheatley, also starring Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and Enzo Cilenti.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (15+)

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