Taking a voyage into the UAE’s past, Wednesdays at the Warehouse programme presents a compelling mix of activities this Ramadan, aimed at performing arts enthusiasts and families. ‘The Journey of the Pearl’ live performance will reinterpret pearling stories from the UAE’s heritage on 15th June 2016 from 8.30 pm to 10 pm at Warehouse 421, while on 29th June 2016 between 4 pm to 6 pm, families can participate in a guided boat-building workshop to create their own structure.  


Warehouse421 in collaboration with Rooftop Rhythms, will enable visitors to take the journey of an Emirati pearling family that dealt with the consequence of departure, travel and returning home through a compelling theatrical embracing the Emirates’ cultural heritage before the discovery of oil. Offering a first person perspective, the musical will be performed in both English and Arabic, providing a dynamic insight into the UAE’s heritage through word, music and movement.

The exhibition Departure, which features the famed Spanish sculptor Xavier Mascaró’s rusted iron and oxidized bronze boats installations, has appealed to visitors of all ages. Warehouse421 in collaboration with The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF) will welcome children, aged seven and above, and their parents with a workshop revolving around building a skeleton form of a boat by using materials that imitate Mascaró’s own.

The family friendly workshop will be led by artist Ahmed Mohamed, a Fellow at SEAF, guiding but not limiting participants in developing their own structures. Families will have the opportunity to sketch their ideas and choose the material to work with, before forming the structure of the boat and building on it, in order to achieve a standing finished piece.

“Season two of ‘Wednesdays at the Warehouse’ is inspired by the current exhibition Departure and touches on the UAE’s geographical position and relation with the sea. Through this program, we aim to engage local communities in art related activities that unveils the country’s maritime history” says Faisal Al Hassan, Public Programs Manager at the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

The current exhibition Departure is ongoing until September 4, 2016 and Lest We Forget: Emirati Family Photographs 1950-1999, has been extended to July 31, 2016. Warehouse421 Ramadan hours are from 10am-4pm and 8:30pm-10:30pm daily, closed on Mondays.


About Warehouse421

Warehouse421 is a new venue for arts and culture located in the historic Mina Zayed district of Abu Dhabi that has been converted from two of the port’s former industrial warehouses. The mission of Warehouse421 is to celebrate art and culture, design and creativity, performance and music, from artists and designers based here in the UAE and from around the world, and to let people experience these disciplines in a unique and original space. The conversion of Warehouse421 has been overseen by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation as part of its mission to support the growth of the arts and cultural sector of the UAE. 


About the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation

The mission of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation is investing in the future of the United Arab Emirates by investing in its people. To that end, the Foundation develops and supports strategic initiatives in the areas of arts, culture & heritage; education; and health. The Foundation also organizes a speaker series; Muntada. In addition, the Foundation supports initiatives outside of these areas to explore new areas of possible interest and future development.


About The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF)

The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF) is a yearlong program conducted in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Each year, this fellowship identifies up to 12 promising artists in the UAE from the various visual arts disciplines and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to grow as artists, to help build the next generation of artists as strong practitioners. In collaboration with RISD, SEAF provides an innovative curriculum, which includes a suite of academic courses, technical workshops, peer critique and a trip to the United States.


About Rooftop Rhythms

Rooftop Rhythms is the Middle East’s longest-running poetry open mic and largest performance collective that hosts English and Arabic shows throughout the UAE. Rooftop Rhythms offers lectures, workshops, poetry, live music and other performance arts, through collaborative projects that focus on themes of heritage, inclusion, diversity, and motivation. It also highlights the benefits of positive self-expression, by tapping in to the UAE’s historic roots in poetry, spoken word and live music.


Source: The Portsmouth Group