JOKHA ALHARTHI, The International
Booker Winner: Celestial Bodies
In Celestial Bodies, the 2019 International Man Booker Prize winner, Jokha Alharthi brings to life the intertwined tales of three sisters and the secrets and conflicts – both internal and external – of their small Omani society. Alharthi weaves past and present into a narrative that reveals broad strokes of history alongside the personal interplay of characters striving to tell their own stories.
Thu, 27 Feb at 5:30pm, Etihad Garden Stage, in Arabic, Standard Ticket AED 20
WOLE SOYINKA, The Sheikh Nahayan
Mabarak Al Nahayan Lecture A dialogue with the great Nigerian Nobel Laureate—poet, playwright and novelist. He talks about the rewriting of history, the making of language, culture wars, multiple identities and the storyteller’s duty to speak up.
Tue, 25 Feb, 7:30pm, Tolerance Majlis, in English, Standard Ticket AED 20
BERNARDINE EVARISTO, The 2019
Booker Prize Winner: Girl, Woman, Other
The 2019 Booker Prize winner discusses her joyous and brilliantly inventive polyphonic novel that explores the lives of twelve black British women of different generations.
Fri 28 Feb, 2:30pm, Tolerance Majlis, in English, Standard Ticket AED 20
SOUAD MASSI, In Concert – Oumniya
Oumniya (‘My wish’) marks the great comeback of Souad Massi, the Algerian chaâbi-folk icon.
Her sixth album is anchored in current events, covering Algeria, politics, love, freedom and emancipation. Massi plays an Algerian mandole, the main instrument of châabi and Kabyle music, creating a light, melodic folk, balanced with pop, and adds an Arab-Andalusian violin (Mokrane Adlani) and the derbouka (Rabah Kalfa) with Latin drums (Adriano Tenorio).
Tue, 25 February, 7:30-9pm, Etihad Garden Stage, 15+ years, in Arabic, Standard Ticket AED 100
SHIRIN EBADI, Until We Are Free
The first Muslim woman and first Iranian citizen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize is a lawyer who, at age 23, also became one of the first women judges of the country, and at age 30, one of the first magistrates in Tehran.
Currently exiled in London, she continues to work for human rights and democracy, carrying the message she expresses in her autobiography, Until We Are Free, to every place she visits.
Wed, 26 Feb, 8.30pm, Tolerance Majlis, in Farsi but consecutive Farsi to Arabic translation available, Standard Ticket AED 20
MARCEL KHALIFÉ AND BACHAR
MAR-KHALIFÉ, Mahmoud, Marcel And I, A Concert
Bachar Mar-Khalifé appears on stage with his father Marcel Khalifé, the renowned Lebanese composer, 2005 UNESCO Artist for Peace virtuoso of the oud, and singer, in a musical tribute to his friend the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. It was by singing Darwish’s poetry at the beginning of his career that Marcel Khalifé reached international acclaim, far beyond the Arab world.
Thu 27 February, 9:30pm, Etihad Garden Stage, in Arabic, Standard Ticket, AED 100