Nominate your favourites for magpie’s “50 to follow” in 2017 list!


Would you like to nominate your favourite artist, musician, music teacher, dancer, or photographer based in Al Ain for an accolade?

Would you like some of Al Ain’s star performers to receive greater recognition and further acknowledgement for all of their creative efforts, output and/or performances during 2016?

Well, here is your opportunity to help make that happen!

magpie“, the U.A.E.’s leading Arts magazine, is now seeking out -for Magpie-logo-2.pngthe benefit of lovers of the arts- the “50 to follow” in 2017.
So, if you would like to nominate up to 5 people, go to the website below and then email your nominations to

Don’t delay! The ‘50 to follow‘ list will be published in “magpie” in January.

Stephan Moccio’s solo recital in Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, on Mon. 12th Dec.

Stephan Moccio will be performing inside Al Ain’s Al Jahili Fort on 12th December. This concert is part of the ongoing Abu Dhabi Classics 2016-17 series.moccio-solo-piano

The section below was extracted from “The National“‘s ‘Arts & Life‘article, dated 26th. Sept. 2016 –

When Classic meets Pop:- He wrote the Miley Cyrus’s hit ‘Wrecking Ball, but few people would be able to pick out Stephan Moccio in a line-up.

Making a novel outreach into crossover territory, Abu Dhabi Classics this season presents a programme titled “When Classic Meets Pop”, fittingly presented by a man who has achieved considerable success in both fields.

Canadian composer Moccio is best known as a Grammy-nominated writer-for-hire, who has written or co-written a number of international smashes, including The Weekend’s ‘Earned It‘ and Celine Dion’s comeback hit ‘A New Day Has Come.

But he is also the noted recording artist behind a series of instrumental albums, often of solo piano music.

In a bid to break down snobbish barriers, this special programme will feature Moccio presenting his work in a storytelling framework. Following an instrumental opening half, he will be joined after the interval by guest singers who will bring to life many of the popular hits he wrote. “There are many times when I find myself caught between opposing forces in my music,” says Moccio. “Is it classical or pop? Am I a performer or a composer? Do I collaborate or work alone?

“As a creator, these are questions that I face every day – and finding answers is somewhat of a balancing act, because they are usually somewhere in-between.”

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Further details about this piano recital, including ticket availability, can be found at:-

Strong response for the AAMF ‘Young Hands & Voices’ concert!

Schools in Al Ain have submitted more applications from their student performers for the ‘Young Hands & Voices‘ concert than expected. The response level has been very strong!

In fact, the start time has now been brought forward for this concert to 5:30 pm., so that extra performers can demonstrate their talents.
The date remains the same: Friday, 18th November, and the venue is still Al Qattara Arts Centre.

Don’t miss it!

“Oasis Living” features the AAMF 2016 line-up

ol-nov-2016-cover_page_magazineThe November edition of the “Oasis Living” magazine presents a full page feature on the AAMF 2016 on page 6. Also, there’s an interview with the AAMF supporter and performer, Paola Conte, on page 46.

We much appreciate this coverage and support from our full festival sponsor!View the latest edition of “Oasis Living” magazine on-line at:-

AAMF 2016 Update

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Plans for the AAMF 2016 Programme are progressing steadily.

This year, for the first time, there will be an afternoon workshop for budding painters in the schedule.
The “Mix, Mingle and Create” session will provide artists with an opportunity to benefit from tuition from a professional artist while making new friends.

Following on from the “Classical Serenade” concert and the “Folk Night” there is going to be a “Jazz/Blues Night“, too.

Keep a look out! More details will be appearing on this webpage soon!