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DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre)

DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre) is the only non-profit, multi purpose creative centre in the region and is a hub for Dubai’s performing and artistic community. The centre’s outstanding facilities include a 543-seat theatre, a black box studio theatre, The Gallery of Light, dance and rehearsal studios, and 18 art studios, workshops and classrooms.

DUCTAC’s aim is to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai by presenting and hosting a varied programme of events and initiatives. Performances, exhibitions, classes and workshops take place at DUCTAC every week, providing entertainment and education for the region’s multi-national community and visitors alike.

This eclectic, inclusive and dynamic centre was built and continues to exist for the community and we’re always looking for partnerships, patronage and sponsorship that will help us to develop and progress.


Art and Fun - DUCTAC's Summer Art Camps

Date : July 2017

Temperature is rising, school is almost out, kids can hardly wait for the summer to come. And DUCTAC has just what it takes to make it unforgettable, with our amazing summer camps covering all sorts of fun, creative activities.

Go to our website www.ductac.org and start planning!

Ghalib in New Delhi

Date : August 18th, 2017


About the Play:

India’s longest running comedy is now coming to Dubai! It is Pierrot’s Troupe’s Ghalib In New Delhi – hugely popular, highly acclaimed and widely travelled, launched in 1997 and making people laugh ever since.

The play revolves around the renowned Urdu poet, Mirza Ghalib, who is revisiting his beloved ‘Dehli’ (now ironically called ‘Delhi’ due to a misspelling that happened about 150 years ago), in 2017 to witness and relish his posthumous fame. What follows is pure hilarity.

A real treat for both those who admire Ghalib and his poetry as well as those who are looking for quality entertainment. Brilliant performances, original script, and spot on satirical humor, it is no wonder that the audience can’t get enough of this highly acclaimed play – come and see for yourselves.

About Pierrot’s Troupe:

Pierrot's Troupe is an internationally renowned theatre group based in New Delhi, India, which was formed in 1989. The group performs original plays in Urdu/Hindi and English. Pierrot's troupe has performed more than 2000 plays touring throughout the country, and has staged its dramas in the USA, Dubai and UK.

Pierrot's Troupe is led by Dr. M. Sayeed Alam, an immensely versatile playwriter, actor and director in Modern Indian Theater. Alam has been described as "a pioneer of unconventional and fresh theatre in India". His contribution to Hindi-Urdu Modern Theatre is enormous.

Summer Art Workshops for Adults with Ana Tolvai - Paper Art, Pastel Drawing, Watercolor Painting

Date : Paper Art: August 14th - 16th; Pastel Drawing: August 21st - 23rd; Watercolor Painting: 28th - 30th

Limited places available. To register or for more information, email DUCTAC’s Arts Centre at [email protected] or call 04 341 4777 ext 323.

Paper Art:

They are many ways to use paper to create amazing artworks, Cutting and folding are the basic skills but it is much more to explore beyond. The three days workshops will explore the world of Matt Shlian and Masahiro Chatani, giving you the opportunity to understand and work the basics of the craft together with the math, geometry and descriptive geometry involved in such artworks.

Dates: August 14th - 16th
Timings: 10AM – 1PM
Rate: AED585 + AED100 Material Fee

Pastel Drawing:

Dry pastels used on various types of papers give you the possibility to create soft surfaces and blending as well as sharp lines and bold contrasts or delicate details. From abstract drawing to objects and still life or portrait – these are the subjects you can explore in three days workshops. The first day students will explore types of papers so they will be able to choose on what to work for the next two days. A variety of papers will be provided by the tutor.

Dates: August 21st - 23rd
Timings: 10AM – 1PM
Rate: AED585 + Material Fee (varies depending on requriements)

Watercolor Painting:

One can paint and draw with watercolours but first must understand the world of brushes, papers and paints. These workshops will give you the opportunity to experiment in a creative way the world of watercolours, under the guidance of an experienced tutor. Each day you will explore a new way to use the tools and materials and a different subject. A variety of papers and brushes and a set of watercolours will be provided by the tutor in the first day.

Dates: August 28th - 30th
Timings: 10AM – 1PM
Rate: AED585 + Material Fee (varies depending on requriements)

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia Live in Concert

Date : August 25th, 2017


Classical Music Series in Hindi

Age: 3+

One of India’s most celebrated Maestros, internationally acclaimed Flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia makes one of his rare appearances in a Live concert of Indian Classical Music on the Indian Bamboo Flute, at the DUCTAC Centrepoint Theatre accompanied by master percussionists.

Shadmehr Live Concert

Date : September 7th, 2017


Pop Music Concert in Farsi

Age: 3+

Shadmehr Aghili is an Iranian Persian pop singer, musician, composer, music arranger, producer and songwriter, who was also formerly an actor. He was born in Tehran, Iran, lived in Canada, and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Shadmehr is a versatile artist, violinist and musician. Beside of his prominent use of piano, guitar and violin, he also plays santur, mandolin, trumpet, harmonica, keyboard, banjo, and koto. He is considered a legend in the world of Iranian Pop music - come and see why!

DUCTAC Presents: A Photography Exhibition Of The Sharmila Dance Extravaganza Taken By Stephanie Moukarzel

Date : September 7th – 13th, from 9AM to 10PM | Opening Night: September 7th at 7PM

Sharmila Dance, one of the longest running dance companies in the Emirates, in association with the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, would like to celebrate the Sharmila Dance Extravaganza. Their annual performance has been captured by photographer Stephanie Moukarzel and will be on display in the Gallery of Light.

The renowned choreographer, Sharmila Kamte, has been teaching dance in UAE since 1999, starting her company “Sharmila Dance” at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates in 2006. It is her famous annual dance performance, “Sharmila Dance Extravaganza” that showcases the level of talent that she produces, varying from her professional dancers to her brand new students.

“Sharmila Dance Extravaganza” features a mix of Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Street-Jazz, Afro-Jazz, Dancehall, B-boying and Latin styles. Sharmila keeps on outdoing herself year after year. This year was the 17th annual performance, and the word to describe it was “breathtaking.”

Celebrating the passion and creativity of Sharmila and her team through the talent of Stephanie’s lens has resulted in a must see exhibition.

Curenta | Curated by JS Art Gallery (Owner: Suraj Laheru)

Date : September 16th - September 22nd 2017

Artists: Anupama Arora Mallik | Gajraj Chavan |Jagannath Paul | Joydeb Chatterjee | Ranjit Sarkar | Radhika Seksaria | Roshni Agarwal | Sabir Haque | Sheetal Kamble | Shalini Gupta | Shivani Mathur

A rare group art show Curenta will showcase the innovative and creative artworks on an international platform in Dubai, U.A.E. in 2017. This unique art exhibition serves to promote Indian artistic talent abroad.

Curenta has been conceptualized by a group of art experts, an artist, and an art gallery director. They bring together six collections to showcase innovative and creative artworks of several eminent, emerging and upcoming artists, showcasing different styles, techniques and mediums.

Aart Souqk 6 presents Kolor Palette - A Group Exhibition | Curated by Ghayathri Desai

Date : September 28th – October 1st 2017

KOLOR PALETTE is an exhibition presenting a wide collection of thought provoking perspectives and visually arresting art works of 36 artists. They have shared their voices and their inner world on various subjects that have inspired and empowered them to define, explore and create their Kolor Palette in this exhibition... on love, happiness, power, strength, compassion, patience, peace, harmony and faith.

Click here to read the curatorial note by Ghayathri Desai

Artists Featured: Iromie Wijewardena, Purnima Dabholkar, Shirish Kathale, Sayantan Ghati, Kamakar Datta, Kajal Metha, Brijesh Upadhyay, Binna Parikh, Atul Bhalerao, Vipta Kapadia, Yuvraj Patil, Shailly Lal, Shyamala Venkatesh, Meetu Garg, Rekha Sharma, Kamal Devnath, Sandeep Handa, Nisha Mathrani, Dr. Sharmila Tulpule, Virendra Kumar, and more.

Le Petit Prince

Date : September 29th 2017


Kids' Show in French

Age: 5+

The Little Prince lives on a tiny planet, with a rose he nourished and fell in love with. He decided to leave the planet and explore the universe, meeting interesting characters along the way.

Based on the classic novella by ‎Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which was voted the best book of the 20th century in France and one of the most-translated books in the world, Culture Emulsion brings another great performance for the French speakers of Dubai.

ENBD Classics – The Wadali Brothers

Date : October 13th, 2017


Classical Music Series in Hindi

Age: 10+

The Wadali Brothers – Puranchand Wadali and Pyarelal Wadali – are Sufi singers and musicians from Guru Ki Wadali in the Amritsar District in Punjab, India. Born into the fifth generation of musicians given to singing the messages of Sufi saints, the Wadali brothers dabbled in the most unexpected of professions before they became Sufi singers. Their first musical performance outside their village was in Harballabh Temple in Jalandhar.

In 1975, the duo went to Jalandhar to perform at the Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan but was not allowed to sing because their appearance did not pass muster. Disappointed, they decided to make a musical offering at the Harballabh temple, where an executive of All India Radio, Jalandhar, spotted them and recorded their first song.

The Wadali Brothers sing in the gurbani, kafi, ghazal and bhajan genres of music. They live in their ancestral house in Guru Ki Wadali, and teach music to those who promise to preserve it. They do not charge their disciples, and lead a very simple life.

They believe in the Sufi tradition deeply. They consider themselves as a medium through which the preaching of great saints is passed on to others. They have never indulged commercially, and they have only a handful of recordings to their name (mostly from live concerts). They believe in singing freely as homage to the divine one. They do not feel very comfortable in using electronic gadgets in their music, and stress in Alap and Taans. They believe that spiritual heights can only be attained if you sing unreservedly, in a free atmosphere.

Un Air De Famille

Date : October 17th - 19th, 2017


Comedy Play in French

Age: 12+

Every Friday night, the Mesnard family meets in the bar "The Quiet Father". Tonight, they’re celebrating the birthday of their daughter-in-law, Yoyo.

The mother, her daughter Betty, and her two sons Henri and Philippe have some old scores to settle, and the issues come out during the dinner. As if things weren't complicated enough, Denis the waiter gets involved...

George's Marvelous Medicine

Date : November 14th - 17th, 2017


Musical Theatre in English

Age: 3+

Art For All is a huge fan of all the works of Roald Dahl and we are delighted to announce that we will be bringing the smash hit stage show George’s Marvellous Medicine to the UAE in November 2017. Performed by the Birmingham Stage Company and adapted for the stage by award-winning children’s theatre director David Wood, this acclaimed production has already proved a sell-out in the four previous times it has been performed in the UAE.

Watch out for amazing sets, the incredible growing grandmother, gigantic farm animals and of course, lots of Roald Dahl songs and rhymes, which fans will be delighted to hear. This interactive show brings Dahl’s magical story to life for children and adults of all ages. It’s a must-see event.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Magic Phil and the Enchanted Forest

Date : November 16th - 18th, 2017


Children's Magic Show Pantomime in English

Age: 3+

The UAE's Celebrity Children's Magician and Radio Presenter and Superstar of Silliness, Magic Phil, is back with a Spectacular Family Pantomime for 2017!

Following highly successful previous productions, Magic Phil has written, directed, and is ready to produce and star in this unique new pantomime adventure, 'Magic Phil and the Enchanted Forest' which he has hilariously adapted from the well known legend of 'Robin Hood.'

Magic Phil is the hero of NottingTurkeyHam Forest and, using his magic, he is trying his best to keep the forest a happy place. However, the wicked Sherif of NottingTurkeyHam tries to stop Magic Phil and is on a mission to lock him up in his jail!

Will Magic Phil remain the hero?

Will the magical woodland fairy and the magical owl be able to help him?

Will the sherif win?

Grab your bows and come with Magic Phil on an adventure through the forest at Dubai's best panto of the year! BIG magic illusions with audience interaction and participation, songs, dancing and belly aching laughter from start to finish for all the family in true traditional British Pantomime style.

Magic Phil's 2014/15 pantomimes won Time Out Kids Highly Commended Awards for Dubai's BEST Children's Production.

Rose Au Bois Dormant

Date : November 24th, 2017


Kid's Show in French

Age: 4+

On the day of her baptism, princess Rose is cursed by the fairy Nepenthes - when she turns sixteen, she will prick her finger on a thorn and die. But Nepenthes wasn't counting on Rose's crazy fairy godmother Mimosa’s, or on Christian, the big hearted prince.

J’aime Beaucoup Ce Que Vous Faites

Date : December 7th, 2017


Comedy Play in French

Age: 12+

Pierre and Marie, a young urban couple, is on their way to visit their friends Charles and Carole who just moved to the country side. During the trip, Pierre and Marie make fun of their hosts, even venturing into sharp criticism.

There is just one small problem: their mobile phone wasn't locked and they accidentally called their friends' landline. Charles and Carole listen in and don’t miss a word of this bitter conversation. Furious, they are ready to get their revenge...

Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra presents - A Classical Winter Wonderland

Date : December 11th, 2017


Classical seasonal music and a festive choir

Age: 3+

A Classical Winter Wonderland: nostalgic orchestra evening featuring popular selections from Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite'', Mozart's 'A Little Night Music', timeless holiday movies (?) and a fun, festive singalong for the whole family.

Santa's Invitation

Date : December 3rd and 9th, 2017


Musical Theatre in English

Age: 3+

Following a sellout tour Lollipop Productions invites you to a festive romp to the North Pole featuring all of your favorite seasonal characters.

Henry begins an amazing journey when he receives a personal invitation from Santa.

‘Dear Henry,
It is already December and all the elves in the North Pole workshop are working very hard. So many children have been good this year that we are all very worried that we won’t be able to get everything done in time for Christmas. So we wondered if you would like to visit us at the North Pole and help us out?
Our friends Frosty the snowman, Rudi the Reindeer and the nose nibbling Jack Frost will be there to guide you on your journey
We all look forward to seeing you very soon
Your friend
Santa Claus’

It’s fun, it’s interactive and it’s a wonderfully big adventure for the whole family. Come dressed as an elf - we always need more elves, and post your own letter to Santa!

It’s the most fun you’ll have this Christmas!

‘Santa’s Invitation is the Christmas gift that just keeps right on giving..’

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Date : December 20th - 29th, 2017


Family Musical in English

Age: 3+

H2 productions are delighted return for their annual festive treat for the whole family with Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.

Following on from their wonderful productions of Cinderella in 2015, and Peter Pan in 2016, this will be h2’s 11th Pantomime production in Dubai. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs uses a blend of experienced professional actors and technical crew from the UK with UAE based performers and juvenile chorus.

With a little help from her friends Muddles and the 7 Dwarfs can Snow White defy the Wicked Queen and meet her handsome Prince Charming? A succulent mix of evil, comedy, music and dancing combined with colourful costumes and stunning scenery we will transport you to the magical world of Pantoland!

We are sure everyone will live happily ever after!

Suitable for everyone from 3 to 103! Bring the family and enjoy this festive extravaganza.

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