Weekend culture guide: NYUAD, Michael Bolton, Dubai Opera

Weekend culture guide: NYUAD, Michael Bolton, Dubai Opera

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Text: Faizal Dahlawia

Image: Bejart Ballet Lausanne
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It's a culture fest for the fabulous this weekend with a variety of events, including a superstar concert in Cairo!

No matter your performance preference, the region's buzzing culture scene has you covered this weekend. From an art exhibition in the UAE capital to a world-renowned ballet show in Dubai and then to Cairo with a musical maestro, these are the top three must-go-to cultural events.

Break cultural boundaries at East-East: UAE Meets Japan

Featuring the works of four exciting Emirati artists – Khalid Mezaina, Al Anood Al Obaidly, Amna Al Maamari, Ahmed Al Anzi – this new exhibition throws the spotlight on the mixing influences between the UAE and Japan, reflected through works that combine both Emirati and Japanese design and artistic elements. "I wanted to break the overused 'East-West' terminology by turning it on its head," said curator, Sophie Mayuko Arni. "Why always look to the West, when we can look Eastwards? I hope for East-East to be a great experiment for a new model of global contemporary art making and exhibition practices."

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East-East: UAE Meets Japan will run until October 31 at The Project Space, NYU Abu Dhabi.

Watch Michael Bolton in concert

For one night only, multi-award winning singer and songwriter Michael Bolton is performing in Cairo. This will be his first ever concert in Egypt and will belt out famous classics including "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", "Said I Loved You... But I Lied" and "When a Man Loves a Woman", reminding fans of the vocal prowess that has won him two Grammy awards and six American Music awards.

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Michael Bolton will perform at the Cairo International Fair Centre on October 21.

Be mesmerised by Bejart Ballet Lausanne at Dubai Opera

The legendary French dancer and choreographer continues to be honoured through the exceptional Bejart Ballet Lausanne. Experience the genius of the dance maestro as they perform some of the classic works including Piaf, Wien Wien Im Chambre Séparée, Bhakti III and Bolero.

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Bejart Ballet Lausanne will perform on October 22 at Dubai Opera. For tickets, visit