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The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi Celebrates Seven Years

The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi marks a milestone with the launch of a commemorative book and panel discussion. The book features essays, anecdotes, and quotes from prominent members of the community, including Minister of State Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi and Vice Chancellor at NYUAD Mariët Westermann. The panel discussion, titled “Arts Conversation: Documenting a Performing Arts History,” explores the importance of documenting the arts and how The Arts Centre has impacted the local arts scene.

A Visual Archive of The Arts Centre’s History

The commemorative book includes a visual archive of The Arts Centre’s history, featuring photography by Waleed Shah and other contributors. The book tells the story of The Arts Centre’s founding and growth as a significant complement to the development of the cultural district on Saadiyat Island. It also encompasses the challenges faced during the global pandemic and how The Arts Centre overcame them.

The Arts Centre: Building a Sustainable Performing Arts Community

Firmly rooted in Abu Dhabi but with a global reach, The Arts Centre has been building a sustainable performing arts community on Saadiyat Island for the past seven years. The book depicts highlights in music, theatre, dance, film, poetry, family programmes, and interdisciplinary performances. It also tracks The Arts Centre’s journey to become a beacon on the international arts landscape.

A Gift to Future Historians

The commemorative book is a gift to future historians interested in discovering the first phase of development at Saadiyat Island and NYUAD’s journey. It tells the story of The Arts Centre in all its complex variety through thoughtful words from a ‘polyphony of voices’ of contributors, including artists, NYUAD faculty, former students, and journalists who have been documenting the process.

The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi celebrates seven years with a commemorative book and panel discussion exploring its impact on the local arts scene. The book features essays, anecdotes, and a visual archive of The Arts Centre’s history.

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