Dubai Culture launches the first edition of the Dubai Festival for Youth Music 2022


The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has announced the launch of the first edition of the Dubai Festival for Youth Music 2022, scheduled for November 24, 2022. The festival will reflect the ideas and musical compositions of youth. It will be inaugurated during a special musical evening, with performances by young citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates.

Hosting the festival, to be held annually in November, is part of Dubai Culture’s commitment to supporting a stimulating infrastructure for the cultural and creative industries, enabling a sustainable and thriving ecosystem that supports economic growth. of Dubai and consolidates its position as a major center for arts and culture.

Dubai Culture invites talented young musicians, citizens and residents of the country, aged between 15 and 35, to participate in the festival with their musical work. Applications open on November 7 and close on November 19 via the Dubai Culture website, provided that these works are produced by certified groups or collectives in the UAE.

The festival aims to shine a light on the creativity of public and private musical arts centers and individual businesses located in the UAE, in addition to celebrating individual participation, including public and private school students. It will also provide a valuable platform to showcase young talents and their musical potential, such as singing, composition, instrumentalism and performance, among others.

Each year, the festival will also celebrate a pioneering and influential figure in the musical arts.

Dr. Saeed Mubarak bin Kharbash, CEO of Arts and Literature at Dubai Culture, said: “The Dubai Youth Music Festival is seen as a tribute to the arts and music sector in Dubai. This is the first edition of the festival and we will work to ensure its sustainability and to achieve the Authority’s strategic objectives in terms of discovering young talent in these different musical fields.

As for the details of the festival, Fatma Al Jallaf, acting director of the performing arts department at Dubai Culture, said: “Ahead of the closing ceremony of the festival to be held on November 24, participants will undergo an evaluation period and selection for less than a week, and the winners will be announced and awarded at the ceremony according to the specific categories, which include: Best Singing Award, Best Arabic (Oud) Playing Award, Best Playing classical (violin), the prize for the best piano playing, and the prize for the best integrated orchestra. Based on the Authority’s constant concern to fight against under-representation, we will also reward determined people in each of the musical categories.

In order to ensure the quality of submissions, Dubai Culture has set certain conditions, namely:

  • Participants must be at least 15 and no older than 35
  • All festival attendees must be from within the country (locals and residents) and no attendees from outside the country are accepted.
  • It is stipulated that the duration of singing or playing does not exceed a maximum of 5 to 10 minutes for a single musical act.
  • Musical works participating in the festival must be produced by public or private groups or documented individual production in the UAE (under intellectual property law) or musical works by well-known producers or composers in the MENA region’s art scene .
  • In the event that a musical sample attributed to persons or institutions is presented, it must be authorized by the producer of the work or the owner of the company.
  • The Festival Organizing Committee of the Performing Arts Department of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has the absolute right to accept and reject any musical work deemed unworthy of the Festival or the Emirate of Dubai.
  • No group or musical artist may participate in more than one musical work.
  • All participating musical works must be recorded and attached to the entry form with quality and clarity.

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