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'A Touch of Heritage' showcases the work of 66 international artists

Dec 03 2017

The Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, in the presence of HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Department, inaugurated the art exhibition A Touch of Heritage, which is being held at Manarat Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island in celebration of the UAE’s 46th National Day. The exhibition is open daily from 8am to 8pm.

Running until January 7, 2018, the exhibition showcases the works of 66 artists of different nationalities, who have been inspired by the aesthetics of the Emirates’ environment to create works of art through various media, such as photography, traditional and digital painting, drawing and other contemporary art forms. Combining different art schools under one theme, the exhibition highlights the close connection between art and its surrounding environment, reflecting sentiments of belonging, pride and aspiration for a promising future.

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “A Touch of Heritage exhibition embraces a very special collection of artworks that were formed through a diversity of technical elements and artistic approaches, all expressive of love for the UAE. The Department of Culture and Tourism is keen on enhancing Abu Dhabi’s position as a thriving cultural hub, by providing suitable platforms for artistic expression for all segments of the society, and further enriching the variety and vitality of the art scene in the Emirate.

Through its second edition, the exhibition manifests the Department’s commitment to the protection and preservation of heritage as means to strengthen national pride and cultural awareness, while also supporting the growth of the cultural scene in Abu Dhabi and the country.

The exhibition is the second instalment of ‘A Touch of Heritage’ with the inaugural display launching at the National Theatre in November 2015.