Qasr Al Hosn Festival looks to revive and reinterpret the rich cultural past of the UAE in iconic surroundings. Get ready for the 2015 edition…

If you’re intrigued and interested in local culture, then you’ll want to pen this in your diary! The annual Qasr Al Hosn Festival is back for another year, packed with a cool public programme and loads of great cultural activities.

Held on the grounds of Qasr Al Hosn, the 2015 festival edition will shed light on the fort’s conservation process and its former functions, giving visitors access to the inner fort, as well as the National Consultative Council Chamber. Here’s some Abu Dhabi trivia for you… the Qasr Al Hosn fort is the symbolic birthplace of the capital and had for generations housed its ruling family, Al Nahyan, as the city developed over the years. Today, the fort represents centuries of Emirati history and culture, and the festival is held annually to celebrate the UAE and its identity, and to honour the UAE’s founders and their visionary leadership.

An innovative and super exciting public programme dedicated to honouring the UAE’s rich culture and history will run over 11 days. Visitors will have access to areas of the fort that have never before been open to the public, such as the living quarters. Mediation and interpretation tools will be used across the fort areas to facilitate the visit and to explain the conservation techniques. In addition to the organised tour, a Qasr Al Hosn exhibition will be launched during the festival and will narrate the significance of the fort and its historical context.

Besides the fort, the Cultural Foundation will also be open to the public. A comprehensive public programme including exhibitions, activities and installations will highlight the building’s significance as a landmark of Abu Dhabi’s modern heritage, while also reviving the spirit of the place.

The programme will continue to celebrate the collective memory of the site and revive the important moments that took place in the Cultural Foundation that have been intrinsic to the development of Abu Dhabi’s cultural scene. The Festival will also include a lively hub of visual and performing arts programmes, traditional workshops, and cultural and interactive learning experiences led by professional curators, artisans and experts. Learning and fun all rolled into one!

GO: The festival will run from February 11 to 21 at the Qasr Al Hosn grounds. Visit www. qasralhosnfestival.ae for more information.

Qasr Al Hosn Festival