Berklee Abu Dhabi Hosts Drive-in Concert with Music Fans Watching from Their Own Cars

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) organised the first event in the When is Now? performance series, hosted by Berklee Abu Dhabi, with a drive-in music concert last Sunday, where music lovers were able to watch from the safety of their own cars.

With mass-gathering events currently postponed in the emirate because of the global health crisis, invited guests instead drove their cars to a delegated parking space in the courtyard of Berklee Abu Dhabi in the Saadiyat Cultural District to view the musicians performing on stage.

To ensure the safety of all involved, only 15 cars took part with three people from a single household in each car. Social distancing was also observed by the musicians, security personnel and other staff.

The Drive-in Concert at Berklee Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) featured Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mayssa Karaa on vocals accompanied by Yarub Smarait on violin, Juan Diego Dhas on guitar, Anthony Muthurajah on drums, and Prathit Kadam on keyboards.

The concert culminated with audience members partaking in a rendition of the UAE National Anthem by accompanying the musicians with their car horns.

The opening of Berklee Abu Dhabi earlier this year represented another impressive achievement for DCT Abu Dhabi, which highlighted one of its key mandates to build and support a thriving cultural ecosystem in the emirate.

With the current global health crisis, there have been amendments to its concert plans, but DCT Abu Dhabi is still committed to showcasing the talent at Berklee Abu Dhabi by utilising original ideas in the musical performances to ensure the safety of all involved.

The concert can be watched online on Berklee Abu Dhabi’s YouTube channel.

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