We are thrilled to share The Arts Center’s fourth season with you.

A rich schedule of music, dance, theater, family events, film, spoken word, and Off The Stage events fill our calendar. We invite you to come watch, experience new works, and take part in workshops and conversations. New this season, join our Membership Program and help us to fulfill our mission while gaining exclusive benefits.

The Arts Center strives to foster creativity in the UAE by bringing diverse people together to create a deeper sense of community and personal connections through shared artistic experiences. Whether a celebratory concert or a groundbreaking theater piece, a kinetic dance performance or a heart-tugging film, performances and events create shared memories for the people of the UAE. They open cultural dialogue and showcase some of the best the world has to offer.

Over our first three seasons, The Arts Center has welcomed more than 55,000 attendees to over 250 shows and 500 Off The Stage outreach events. Everyday, we are inspired by the warm reception you give our artists, by your willingness to come with open minds and open hearts to explore the unfamiliar, and by your enthusiastic engagement in important conversations surrounding the work on our stages.

With over 80 performances and 160 Off The Stage events, our 2018-19 lineup is inspired by the themes of Connection, Community, and Excellence. Cultures, genres, and styles meet and cross-fertilize in a schedule spotlighting exceptional artists at the top of their fields. Through its electric programming and inventive opportunities for collaboration, The Arts Center creates platforms to cultivate emerging artistic voices. Our multifaceted relationship with the local and global arts communities speaks to the role of NYU Abu Dhabi as a place that supports and develops innovative work by artists from the UAE and across the globe.

Consistent with NYUAD’s interdisciplinary approach, we believe that the arts are for everyone, and that they create new ways of seeing and understanding the world and our common humanity.
In addition to the public performances and workshops, visiting artists also become deeply embedded in the University’s academic mission. Artists visit numerous classes across campus, and artist developmental residencies serve as platforms for specially created classes.

The best way for us to understand the impact of our work is by hearing directly from you. Thanks for sharing your feedback via email, social media (we’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and in the lobby before and after shows. Above all, the arts spark conversation, and we love hearing what you have to say. Please stay in touch.

Thank you for your ongoing support.
We look forward to continuing this journey with you.

Bill Bragin
Executive Artistic Director

Mission & Vision

Showcasing music, theater, dance, film, poetry, family programs, and interdisciplinary performances that defy definition, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions. The Arts Center draws on the resources of the University to create a dynamic space for research, investigation, and the active pursuit of knowledge and wisdom for audiences as well as visiting artists.

Excellence, collaboration, creativity, accessibility, innovation, respect, and understanding are the core values that govern The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.

As a place that both presents and develops work, The Arts Center acts as a vibrant laboratory for performance that fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, scholarship, and community. It serves NYU Abu Dhabi with compelling programming that connects to the curriculum, using the arts to illuminate and enliven the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty. It hosts a range of public programs that draw residents of Abu Dhabi to the campus, animating and enriching the cultural life of both the city and the University.

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi strives to be a beacon on the international arts landscape, firmly rooted in the region but with a global reach, all the while embedded in the University and welcoming the local community.