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Sharjah World Music Festival 2018 to begin on 13 January

The fifth edition of the most anticipated annual music event in the emirate, the Sharjah World Music Festival (SWMF) is back to entertain the UAE from 13 to 19 January 2018 (updated). It is presented by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in a strategic partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) and Al Majaz Amphitheatre. Festival organiser, Furat Qaddouri Music Centre, has confirmed that a stellar line-up of artists and musicians from the Arab and Western worlds will be performing in this edition.

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Dozens of artists, musicians and instrumentalists from 11 countries like Kuwait, Spain, Hungary, Ukraine, Argentina, Spain, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and others will be performing in four different venues in Sharjah, namely, Al Majaz Amphitheatre, The Flag Island theatre, Al Qasba and Al Majaz Waterfront during the eight days of the festival. From Arabic to Andalusian, and famous Jazz orchestras, the festival will feature an eclectic mix of musical traditions from around the world, and cater to a variety of preferences.

“Every year, the Sharjah World Music Festival gives citizens and residents a golden opportunity to escape the busyness of everyday life and absorb the sights, sounds and colours of the event across eight days. The fifth edition will showcase a spectacular selection of musical stalwarts from the region and beyond, and the programme has been curated in a way that will bring a world of artistic expressions to one stage,” said Artist Furat Qaddouri, Manager of Sharjah World Music Festival.

“Through the careful preservation of its rich heritage, creative craftsmanship and celebration of the arts, Sharjah is recognised today as the UAE’s cultural capital. This music festival is one of the many cultural gems the emirate has produced. It is part of Sharjah’s comprehensive plan for the emirate’s sustainable cultural development, and going into our fifth year, we are determined to make it as diversified and enriching for our audiences as possible,” he added.

The fifth edition of SWMF will host 14 concerts in total. Of these five will be ticketed shows, which will be distributed across two venues, Al Majaz Amphitheatre and the Flag Island theatre. The nine remaining concerts will offer free admission and will be held outdoors at Al Qasba and Al Majaz Waterfront.

One of the highlights of the festival will be a tribute night to the great musician, Abdel Halim Hafez, which will be performed by the Cairo Opera House Orchestra. The outdoor musical evenings will be a truly global musical feast, where audiences of all tastes will be able to watch some of their favourite artists create magic.

On the sidelines of the festival, a singing competition will be organised in Al Qasba plaza. For the first time, the festival will see the SWMF Orchestra led by Maestro Mohammed Osman Siddiq perform. The idea has been conceived by the manager of the festival, artist Furat Qaddouri, who aims to enhance the cultural and artistic value of the event each year by attracting the finest musicians from around the world.

Organisers say that the headlining acts and the entire cast of the fifth edition will be announced soon.

Tickets for Sharjah World Music Festival’s concerts are available online at ticketmaster.ae and can be purchased at the customer service counters of Al Qasba Theatre, The Flag Island Theatre, Al Majaz Amphitheatre and Al Majaz Waterfront.

By organising this first of its kind festival, Furat Qaddouri Music Centre seeks to boost the cultural and art presence of Sharjah and the UAE, introduce various musical cultures around the world to the UAE community and add a new dimension to the emirate’s repertoire of tourist, art and culture attractions.

Click here to see images of last year’s Sharjah World Music Festival

(Press Release, Updated 12 January 2018)

Tickets for Sharjah World Music Festival’s concerts are available online on www.ticketmaster.ae and at customer service counters of Al Qasba Theatre, The Flag Island Theatre, Al Majaz Amphitheatre and Al Majaz Waterfront.

Sharjah World Music Festival schedule (click text for ticket details)

Sharjah World Music Festival 2018 Full Programme (13-19 January 2018 – Updated)

Saturday, 13 Jan (8.30pm) – Sara & Jenny in Harmony (Al Qasba)FREE ENTRANCE

Saturday, 13 Jan (8.30pm) – Love & Peace with Arab musician/composer Saif Shaheen (Al Majaz Waterfront)FREE ENTRANCE

Saturday, 13 Jan (9pm) – Andalusian Night with flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo (Flag Island Amphitheatre)BUY TICKETS

Sunday, 14 Jan (8.30pm) – Love & Peace with Arab musician/composer Saif Shaheen (Al Qasba)FREE ENTRANCE

Sunday, 14 Jan (8.30pm) – Mujeres En Tango (Women Dance Tango) with singer and pianist Flor Milagros and dancers Matej Sodia and Diana Radzhabaeva (Al Qasba)FREE ENTRANCE

Sunday, 14 Jan (9pm) – Al Andalib Al Asmar (A tribute to Abdel Halim Hafez) with The Cairo Opera House Orchestra conducted by Mohamed Moji (Flag Island Amphitheatre)BUY TICKETS

Monday, 15 Jan (8.30pm) – Internationally acclaimed Arab artist Bassam Abdelsattar and his band ‘Colors’ (Al Qasba)FREE ENTRANCE

Monday, 15 Jan (8.30pm) – ‘Enchanted Chords’ with the talented musicians of Furat Qaddouri Music Center (Al Majaz Waterfront)FREE ENTRANCE

Tuesday, 16 Jan (8.30pm) – ‘Enchanted Chords’ with the talented musicians of Furat Qaddouri Music Center (Al Qasba)FREE ENTRANCE

Tuesday, 16 Jan (8.30pm) – ‘One Night in Sharjah’ with Ukrainian singer Olesia and the Gossu Band (Al Majaz Waterfront)FREE ENTRANCE

Wednesday, 17 Jan (8.30pm) – Mujeres En Tango (Women Dance Tango) with singer and pianist Flor Milagros and dancers Matej Sodia and Diana Radzhabaeva (Al Majaz Waterfront)FREE ENTRANCE

Wednesday, 17 Jan (8.30pm) – ‘Arabesque Classics’ with Syrian composer and musician Samer Abou Reslan and his band (Al Majaz Waterfront)FREE ENTRANCE

Thursday, 18 Jan (8.30pm) – ‘Tarabiat’ with Gazan youth collective Takht Sharki (Al Majaz Waterfront)FREE ENTRANCE

Thursday, 18 Jan (8.30pm) – ‘Memories’ with Arabic / Kurdish singer Ronahi (Al Qasba)FREE ENTRANCE

Thursday, 18 Jan (9pm) – ‘The Magical Classic & Jazzy Night’ with Hungarian violinist Katica Illényi accompanied by the SWMF Orchestra conducted by Mohammed Sedeeq (Flag Island Amphitheatre)BUY TICKETS

Friday, 19 Jan (8.30pm) – ‘Memories’ with Arabic / Kurdish singer Ronahi (Al Majaz Waterfront)FREE ENTRANCE

Friday, 19 Jan (8.30pm) – ‘Tarabiat’ with Gazan youth collective Takht sharki (Al Qasba)FREE ENTRANCE

Friday, 19 Jan (9pm) – A concert with Emirati stars Balquees & Abdallah Al Rowaished (Al Majaz Amphitheatre)BUY TICKETS

Friday, 19 Jan (9pm) – ‘Charming Voices’ with singers Rasha Rizk, Ghada Shber accompanied by the SWMF Orchestra conducted by Mohammed Sidiq (Flag Island Amphitheatre)BUY TICKETS

Note: All show timings subject to change at short notice

SWMF 2018 Venue Locations

Al Majaz Amphitheatre – Corniche Street, Sharjah (map)

The Flag Island Amphitheatre – Al Arouba Street, Sharjah (map)

Al Qasba – Al Qasba, Al Khan, Sharjah (map)

Al Majaz Waterfront – Corniche Street, Sharjah (map)

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