The Louvre Abu Dhabi is turning 1! Recently proclaimed one of the seven urban wonders of the world, the cultural establishment has just announced a four-day-long celebration with a spectacular lineup for it’s 1 year anniversary.
Headlining the event will be one of this year’s most talked about singers, Dua Lipa. The British star will be performing at the museum’s concert village on November 11th – exactly one year after it opened its doors to the public. Lipa will showcase some of her hits, which have also garnered over 1 billion views on YouTube.
From the iconic promenade to the updated permanent galleries and auditorium, the four day celebration will also feature exhibitions, family activities, workshops, and pop up spoken art performances across the Louvre Abu Dhabi. “Louvre Abu Dhabi’s anniversary celebration is the perfect moment to thank all visitors for making our first year a success and invite them to experience the museum through poetry, music, architecture, design and much more,” said Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manuel Rabate in a statement.
Amongst the events taking place to celebrate the Louvre’s first year, will be a series of pop-up performances titled Spoken Art, directed by Dorian Paul Rogers, which will see seven spoken-word poets perform from 1-6pm across the museum, from the permanent galleries to under the dome, on November 9th and 10th. Emirati interdisciplinary designer Salem Al Mansouri, will also unveil an animated digital work in the museum’s entrance lobby. Titled “Constellations”, the work reflects data of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s visitors over the last year.
French artist -M- performs during the opening day at the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Visitors to the celebratory event will have the opportunity to discover the museum’s artworks in the permanent galleries with 11 new world-class acquisitions and over 20 new iconic masterpieces on loan.
An international exhibition named ‘Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Décor’ will present 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and folding screens until November 24.
Free activities for all ages, including a 30-minute discovery tour will also be available for attendees to enjoy as well as an interactive project in which families, teens and young children will band together to build constructions inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi’s dome using large scale geometric shapes.
Tickets to the event are priced Dh200 which include entry to the museum from 2pm to 6pm. The doors of the concert village will open from 6pm with DJ sets before the show.