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Eid at Louvre Abu Dhabi. Day 1

A number of free activities to celebrate Eid al-Fitr will be held at Louvre Abu Dhabi during two days, 4th and 5th of May. The activities include film screenings, a cine-sketching, a  cine-concert, audio-visual experience. Eid al-Fitr, ‘Holiday of Breaking the Fast’, is the earlier of the two official holidays celebrated within Islam (the other is Eid al-Adha). It is celebrated in honor of the end of fasting in the month of Ramadan on the first day of the month of Shawwal.

The day one programme starts with two films. First film, Zarafa, will be shown at 2pm. Zarafa is a 2012 French-Belgian animated film directed by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie. The story was inspired by a historical giraffe known today as Zarafa. 

The second film, Around the World in 80 Days, starts at 4pm. It was directed by Frank Coraci based on the novel by Jules Verne. 

The choice of the films is not accidental, it has been inspired by the current exhibition at  Louvre Abu Dhabi, Versailles & the World. The films show the richness of cultures as well as cultural exchange during travels between the East and the West.

From 5:30pm to 12am, visitors are welcome to Physiognomy, Land and Territory, an audio-visual experience by Emirati artist Ahmad Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri. Inspired by Bedouin beliefs, the show explores various environments across different continents with landscapes and the extra-terrestrial immensity of the starry sky.

From 4.30pm to 12am,  visitors can see the Al Bahra fountain which adorns a Damascene courtyard house scene under the dome.

The cine-concert The Adventures of Prince Achmed, will take place at 7pm. Cine-concerts feature live music; they transform classics of the silent-movie era into a 3D experience. By improvising and creating contemporary electronic music from the Arab world, the musicians will reinterpret the soundtrack of the silent film classic,  The Adventures of Prince Achmed

For more information, please visit www.louvreabudhabi.ae

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