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Calling all aspiring artists: come cover a canvas in paint for the UAE National Day!

The organisers of the Official 47th UAE National Day Celebration ‘This is Zayed. This is the UAE’, and Abu Dhabi creative hub Warehouse421, are calling out for budding artists to show off their creative flair and their love for the founding father of the UAE, by painting a canvas that will be exhibited in the National Day Celebration.

The Official 47th UAE National Day Event, titled ‘This is Zayed. This is the UAE.’ will be one of the most memorable and historic celebrations in the history of the United Arab Emirates. With a completely revised format, the night will feature incredible effects and sights that will portray the history and heritage of the nation and look towards its future.

Adopting the inclusive and collaborative spirit that this nation is well known for, the organisers of the National Day Celebration and Warehouse421 are joining forces to highlight the Year of Zayed, by asking artists across the UAE to cover a canvas in vibrant colour and striking images that captures this nation’s spirit.

In order to make it as accessible as possible, the organising committee is opening the door for the widest diversity of art enthusiasts to sign up online to the event, reflecting the commitment of the nation to the late Sheikh Zayed’s values on tolerance and inclusion. The open invitation welcomes those interested to begin painting from 10am on Saturday 24th November at Warehouse421.

Canvases and materials will be provided by Warehouse421, but those with their own tools and media are encouraged to bring them along to make sure their work is strikingly different and displays their creative aptitude as uniquely as possible. Artists of all ages are welcome, while children between the ages of 3 and 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

To represent the wide diversity of creative talent that exists in the UAE, the 47 artworks will be displayed in front of dignitaries and honoured guests at the National Day Celebration taking place at the Zayed Sports City Stadium,

Abdulla Al Qubaisi, of the UAE Supreme Organising Council of the 47th UAE National Day, said “it’s really exciting to be able to organise such an inclusive event for the entire UAE community, as it gives everyone a chance to express their love and passion for the country which we all share.

“We encourage everyone, young or old, to apply for their place in this incredible programme, and enjoy the honour of having their work displayed in front of the highest-ranking dignitaries attending the UAE’s National Day Celebration.”

“I can’t wait to see what the painters create, and I’m sure their inspired pieces of work will make us all reflect deeply on what the UAE means to every one of us.

Faisal Al Hassan, Manager of Warehouse421, said: “As an active participant in Abu Dhabi’s art and cultural scene, Warehouse421 provides an inclusive and welcoming space where people from all backgrounds and skill levels can come together and explore their creativity. Our diverse monthly programming highlights themes that speak to local and regional topics, and so naturally we are delighted to host this colourful celebration of UAE National Day. Members of the community have an exciting opportunity to make their mark on canvas as they express their gratitude for Sheikh Zayed and the nation he founded, and I hope that their participation will help to inspire a lifelong passion for the arts.”

The session will run from 10am on 24th November at Warehouse421, located in Abu Dhabi’s port area of Mina Zayed, free of charge. To register your interest, please visit here: http://uaenationalday.ae/warehouse421/  Places will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

To make sure that your place is booked for the 47th UAE National Day celebration, be sure to book your ticket through: www.uaenationalday.ae

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