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10 things to do today: attend Cinema Space’s screening of Journey of Hope, get tickets to see Swedish rock band Europe and more

Aarti Jhurani

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for May 8, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Aarti Jhurani rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.

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Abu Dhabi

Film screening

Cinema Space presents a screening of the 1990 film Journey of Hope. Presented by the Embassy of Switzerland in the UAE, the Oscar-winning film, directed by Xavier Koller, tells the true story of a Turkish couple, Hayder and Meryem, who, along with their 7-year-old son Mehmet, start their journey of hope from a small village in Turkey to Switzerland. They sell their house and farm to finance the journey to paradise. Their first stop is Izmir, and once they are in Italy, they are taken by smugglers, and sent on towards Switzerland, despite the snow and cold. The film is in Turkish, Swiss German, Italian and German and has English subtitles.

Tonight, 8pm, free with registration, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

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Abu Dhabi

Concert

Get tickets to see Swedish rock band Europe as they return to the UAE, this time on their 30th anniversary tour. Hit songs include The Final Countdown, Carrie, Rock the Night and Open Your Heart.

Friday, from Dh195, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Fitness class

Attend a Kundalini yoga and meditation class with Caroline at The Bodytree Studio. Dynamic movements, breath work, mantras, meditation and relaxation are combined in this class for a yoga experience that leaves you feeling energised and centered.

Every Monday, 8.30am to 10am, Dh80, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, [email protected]

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Dubai

Performance

See Mary Poppins at Dubai Opera. The nanny arrives by an umbrella at the Banks home on Cherry Tree Lane, bringing a world of magic, travel and imagination to the family’s children. The timeless score includes the popular singalong songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Until May 25, 7.45pm daily, plus 3pm on Friday and Saturday, May 19, 20, 24 and 25 (no shows on Sunday and May 21), tickets from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

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Nationwide

New film

In Vincent-N-Roxxy, Vincent (Emile Hirsch) is a small-town loner who unexpectedly falls in love with a rebellious punk rocker, but they are forced to go on the run and discover violence follows them wherever they go. Crime thriller directed by Gary Michael Schultz, also starring Zoe Kravitz, Zoey Deutch and Emory Cohen.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (18+)

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Dubai

Performance

Catch a performance by Ninja Tune artist Sarathy Korwar, Jordanian oud player Kamal Musallam and classically trained cellist Aaron Kim, known as Tacit, as part of The Fridge Concert Series, which promotes local talent. Korwar is travelling to the UAE to perform and exchange ideas with local musicians, and his performance on stage marks the end of his first tenure here.

Tonight, 7.30pm to 10.30 pm, tickets cost Dh50 online and at the door, The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 347 7793, www.thefridgedubai.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

See Proud Expressions, a touring public-art exhibition honouring the nation’s heroes. Artworks contributed by artists, members of the public and students pay symbolic tribute to the UAE’s martyrs. Pictured: Scion of the Soil by B’lu

From today to May 15, Grand Atrium, Dubai Mall, Dubai; May 17 to 24, Main Atrium, Al Hamra Mall, Ras Al Khaimah, www.proudexpressions.ae

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Dubai

Fitness classes

Attend a series of free fitness classes at Boxpark presented by experts from Fitness First. They include Zumba, the Latin-music-inspired dance class; Body Attack high-intensity interval training; and chilled-out morning yoga. Then refuel with a healthy bite at Markette, where participants can enjoy a healthy breakfast or tropical smoothie bowl with fresh juice for Dh54.

Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays until May 31, 8.30am to 9.30am; Markette breakfast offer for Fitness First activity participants, available 8am to 1pm, free, between Bianca and Markette, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, www.boxpark.ae

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Dubai

Yoga classes

Get fit with free yoga sessions at Marasi Business Bay, hosted by Piloga Studio Pilates & Yoga. Rejuvenate on Mondays with Morning Warror, a power workout that sets the pace for the day, and on Wednesdays, unwind with a relaxing candlelight and essential-oils session. Bring your own yoga mat.

Mondays, 7am; Wednesdays, 7pm, free, Marasi Park, next to Volante Building, Marine Boat Station, Marasi Business Bay, Dubai, www.facebook.com/MarasiDP

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Dubai

Concert

South African singer/songwriter Johnny Clegg is bringing his last world tour, The Final Journey, to Dubai Opera. For more than 40 years, Clegg has pioneered a musical style that blends western pop with Zulu rhythms, helping to break down barriers in South Africa. Hit songs include Great Heart, Scatterlings of Africa, The Crossing and I Call Your Name.

September 20, from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

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