Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, organiser of SummerFest Abu Dhabi, the emirate’s seasonal destination extravaganza, has unveiled an action-packed line-up of 98 shows over 47 days during its flagship Show World family activation at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Free-to-attend for all SummerFest Abu Dhabi general ticket holders, Show World - one of the core attractions at the festival’s ADNEC hub - will feature seven blockbuster acts performing twice-daily shows during week-long runs. Show World will be open throughout the 52-day festival, which runs 27th June – 17th August and spans the Holy Month of Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr and the emirate’s traditional EidFest celebrations.
Designed to entice, engage and excite, the Show World bill kicks off with two consecutive regional premieres of 90-minute live action shows which will appeal to local and expatriate kids alike. Raising the Show World curtain is Cartoon Network’s LAZY TOWN LIVE ON STAGE - ROBOTICUS show, which get kids up and active throughout its June 27th– July 3rd run, with daily performances at 16:30 and 19:30.
Show World’s second week sees much-loved BANANAS IN PYJAMAS duo, B1 and B2, take-over for their side-splitting Banana-rific production from July 4-8th - again performing in daily shows at 16:30 and 19:30. For the final July 9th performances, to coincide with the start of Ramadan, timings change to 21:00 and 23:30.
The evening performances continue into week three as Sesame Street’s IFTAH YA SIMSIM LIVE: TREASURE HUNT - featuring loveable Muppet favourites, Bader, Anees, Elmo, Khokha, Ka’aki and Gharghour also known as Bert, Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Grover – embark on a mega dance and musical show from July 10-13th and 15-19th.
Week four sees the major characters from four hit Cartoon Network shows - Ben 10 Omniverse, Ben 10, Ben 10 Alien Force and Ben 10 Ultimate Alien – perform the BEN 10 LIVE: TIME MACHINE in evening performance slots from July 20-21st and 23-27th.
Local sensation, FREEJ, closes out the final week of evening Ramadan shows from July 28th – 30th and August 1st – 4th. The all new locally-produced show features hilarious antics as hero character, Abood, goes on a fantasy adventure while looking after one of the grandmother’s pet canary – a bird that lives in a fish bowl. Meeting new friends and learning new lessons, ‘Abood’s Dream’ is a fun-filled, traditional family theatre experience with a local cultural twist.
From August 5th and 7th-12th, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES picks up the Show World mantle with big musical numbers - including the cartoon’s classic theme song, ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ – as well as original tracks ‘Round Every Corner’ and ‘We’re Mystery Inc.’ The August 5th shows keep the 21:00 and 23:30 Ramadan timings, before returning to the earlier slots of 16:30 and 19:30 from August 7-12th.
Rounding out the Show World line up, from August 14-17th, is BEN 10 ULTIMATE CHALLENGE – a live game show pitting the region’s biggest Ben 10 fans against each other in four rounds of intense competition. The made-for-TV special runs three-times-a-day at 16:00, 18:00 and 20:00.
“This Show World line-up will ensure ADNEC is the hottest and coolest place to be this summer,” said Sultan Al Muhairi, Manager, SummerFest Abu Dhabi. “With so many free-to-attend shows and such a varied line-up of international and homegrown stars, families will be spoilt for choice throughout the festival. We hope it will be a major draw for visitors from across the GCC and beyond,” said Sultan Al Muhairi, Manager, SummerFest Abu Dhabi.
In addition to the edutainment activities, world-class shows and exciting international performances at its ADNEC hub, the new-look SummerFest Abu Dhabi, formerly known as Summer in Abu Dhabi, also features an exciting line-up of Arabic concerts, comedy nights, theatre productions and celebrity-driven sport activations rolling out at du Forum on Yas Island – the first time Abu Dhabi’s entertainment district has got in on the emirate’s summer act.
Meanwhile, guests booking a minimum of three nights’ stay at any of 40 participating Abu Dhabi hotels during SummerFest Abu Dhabi, with the exception of Eid, will also get free entry tickets to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park and the award-winning Yas Waterworld - recently named the Middle East’s leading attraction by the World Travel Awards. Hotel guests will also receive free WiFi and kids under 12 will eat free.