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Al Hosn Festival Returns to the Capital in 2023

by Out and About Mag.

Al Hosn Festival, Abu Dhabi's annual celebration of its cultural heritage, returns for its third edition with a full ten-day programme from January 13th to 22nd at the Al Hosn site. Set across Al Hosn's historic buildings and outdoor spaces, the event will showcase the best of Abu Dhabi's traditional heritage and the breadth of its creativity.

Al Hosn Festival

The festival is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). It offers an exciting array of activities for all ages, with music and cultural performances, art installations, film screenings, craft and design demonstrations, creative workshops, retail pop-ups, and various culinary experiences.

Activations for this year's event will span the Al Hosn site, with Qasr Al Hosn transporting visitors back in time, offering a glimpse of life in Abu Dhabi in decades past. Guests will enjoy live demonstrations of Emirati craftsmanship and artisanal techniques at House of Artisans, where they can also witness competitions highlighting Emirati cultural excellence and participate in creative workshops.

Similarly, Cultural Foundation will also return and is set to offer a thought-provoking and engaging programme of art exhibitions, performances by local musical talent, interactive installations, film screenings and workshops.

The festival's Makers Village also returns and will offer unique items created by artists and designers from local and regional concept stores. Trendy brands will also be on-site to peruse and a host of mouth-watering food outlets.

Al Hosn Festival is a platform for cultural experience and exchange in the heart of Abu Dhabi's ever-evolving urban landscape while remaining true to the emirate's authentic traditions. The event aligns with the mandate and vision of DCT Abu Dhabi to protect, preserve and promote the emirate's heritage, showcasing Abu Dhabi as a cultural destination and providing a platform for artistic experimentation and public engagement.

Al Hosn is the original urban block of the city. It comprises the historic Qasr Al Hosn Fort, the Cultural Foundation, the National Consultative Council building and the House of Artisans. Al Hosn is symbolic of the proud cultural heritage of the UAE, bringing to life the rich fabric of its history, people and traditions and highlighting the city's future ambition.

The Al Hosn Festival 2023 programme will be announced closer to the event. For more information, please visit the website



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