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With Expo 2020 Dubai in full swing, prepare for another busy month of events encompassing everything from concerts and movie screenings to a chess competition.

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As for the beats, Expo 2020 Dubai will host an afropop show featuring Nigerian superstar Burna Boy and Wizkid.

Famous Irish dance troupe Riverdance will also present a new show designed for the Expo and moviegoers will enjoy a screening of the Oscar-winning Italian film. Paradiso Cinema.

Two other major events, the World Chess Championships and the International Chopin Piano Competition, will also take place next month.

Access to everyone is free with an Expo 2020 Dubai pass.

Here’s the best of what November has to offer:

1. On the roof of Ahlan

Country Pavilion: Portugal

What it is: Inspired by the theme of the “one world in one country” pavilion, this is an ongoing performance series featuring the eclectic Portuguese music scene with folk, acoustic, jazz and blues concerts.

Place: Flag of portugal

Time: from 19h

Dated: Wednesdays blackout dates apply.

2. Amirah Sackett

Country Pavilion: WE

What it is: Amirah Sackett, American-Muslim hip-hop dancer and choreographer, will illustrate how her art form can build bridges and foster empathy between cultures and communities.

Place: Earth scene

Time: 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dated: Tuesday to Thursday November 2 to 4

3. Airman by another type of blue

Country Pavilion: Netherlands

What it is: Having appeared in both America has talent and England has an incredible talent, the Dutch acrobatic troupe acquired an international reputation for shows combining music, dance and drones.

Place: Hall 2A South, Dubai Shipping Center

Time: 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

Dated: Wednesday November 3

4. Riverdance at the Expo

Country Pavilion: Ireland

What it is: The Arab world meets Riverdance in this new show at Expo 2020 Dubai. The November residency, with up to six performances per week, will allow the troupe, renowned for their enthusiastic interpretation of Irish traditional and folk dances, to incorporate Middle Eastern influences into their performance.

Place: Jubilee stage

Time: 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Dated: From Wednesday November 3 to Saturday November 27, blackout dates apply

5. Sondorgo

Country Pavilion: Hungary

What it is: From Budapest to Dubai, this Hungarian quartet will present some of the traditional folk music of their homeland with an added dose of electrifying guitar riffs.

Place: Jubilee stage

Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dated: Sunday November 7

6. Miguel Trapaga: “The Spanish Guitar”

Country Pavilion: Spain

What it is: Here is the opportunity to see a master of classical music on the guitar. In addition to performing as a soloist with international orchestras, Trapaga also teaches the instrument at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid.

Place: Terra Auditorium

Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dated: Friday 5 November

7. What’s the hype gig

Country Pavilion: Nigeria

What it is: Probably the biggest afro-pop concert of the year in the world. Get ready to party to the jubilant sounds of Nigerian stars, including Grammy Award-winning Burna Boy, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, and Yemi Alade, as they bring down the house with back-to-back club hits.

Place: Dubai Millennium Amphitheater

Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dated: Saturday 6 November

8. Jalsat Nights

What it is: Leading musicians from the Gulf and the wider Arab world will come together to play some of the best Emirati and regional music in a series of monthly shows held throughout Expo 2020 Dubai. Among the artists scheduled are Moroccan artist Asma Lmnawar, Bahraini singer Mohammed Al Bakri and Iraqi singer Majid A Mohandis.

Place: Jubilee stage

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Dated: Monday, November 8

9. Forma Antiqua: ‘La Caramba’

Country Pavilion: Spain

What it is: Watch a performance from one of Spain’s leading dance ensembles. Forma Antiqua will bring its La Caramba at the Expo, seeing them mix dance and baroque instrumentation.

Place: Dubai Millennium Amphitheater

Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Dated: Tuesday, November 9

10. Concert of the winners of the Chopin competition

What it is: Launched in 1927 and held every five years, the Chopin International Piano Competition is one of the most rigorous classical competitions in the world. International virtuosos compete by performing lyrics dedicated to Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. Experience this quality and balance with the winners who present a series of shows at the Expo.

Place: Dubai Millennium Amphitheater

Time: The rounds take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to midnight

Dated: Thursday November 11

11. Infinite Nights: Nancy Ajram and Ragheb Alama

What it is: After wowing fans on the pitch and a global audience, the Infinite Nights concert series returns with Lebanese superstars Nancy Ajram and Ragheb Alama. The two groups will present a live show featuring three decades of Arab pop hits.

Place: Al Wasl Square

Time: 10 p.m. to midnight

Dated: Friday 12 November

12. Francesco De Gregori

Country Pavilion: Italy

What it is: Singer, songwriter, poet and artist, De Gregori is a true Renaissance man and considered musical royalty in Italy. He will perform a two-hour set spanning his five-decade career.

Place: Dubai Millennium Amphitheater

Time: 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Dated: Sunday November 14

13. World Majlis: art for good

What it is: As part of the Expo’s public forum series, a panel of high-level visual creators, including Tunisian artist eL Seed and Kirsha Kaechele, curator of the Museum of Old and New Art in Australia, will discuss the function about art and how it can be a catalyst for change in society.

Place: Italian flag

Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dated: Sunday November 14

14. ‘Al Wasl Opera’

What it is: Produced in collaboration with the Welsh National Opera, the first Emirati opera house was created under Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and will feature more than 100 artists and musicians from around the world.

Composed and co-written respectively by Mohammed Fairouz and Maha Gargash of the United Arab Emirates, the opera is titled Al Wasl after the old name of Dubai. It also translates to “the connection” in English, which fits the Expo 2020 theme perfectly.

Place: Dubai Opera

Time: 8 p.m.

Dated: Tuesday to Friday, November 16 to 19

15. Concert of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Country Pavilion: Egypt

What it is: The famous ensemble returns to the United Arab Emirates to perform masterpieces of classical Arab music from the past 50 years.

Place: Jubilee stage

Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dated: Sunday and Monday November 21 and 22

16. Jesus Carmona: El Salto

Country Pavilion: Spain

What it is: Flamenco meets ballet in a show featuring Carmano, principal dancer of the Spanish National Ballet. The performance revolves around the question: “if dance has a genre?”.

Place: Dubai Millennium Amphitheater

Time: 8 pm-9:30pm; 5 pm-6.30pm

Dated: Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21 November

17. Film screening: Cinéma Paradiso

Country Pavilion: Italy

What it is: As part of the Italian Pavilion film series, prepare to be enchanted by this film from Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore. Winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1989 and starring Philippe Noiret and Antonella Attili, the romantic drama centers on the memory of a filmmaker who fell in love with films at the cinema of his local Sicilian village.

Place: Italian flag

Time: 8 p.m.

Dated: Monday 22 November

18. Late nights at the Expo

What it is: Discovery is the goal of this weekly concert series featuring local and Mena artists. Expect artists from diverse genres and cultures, and be intrigued by surprising collaborations.

Place: Jubilee stage

Time: 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Dated: Thursday 25 November

19. World Chess Championship

What it is: A match for the ages. In addition to a full day of competition, the event will conclude with an anticipated match between reigning Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen and Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Place: Dubai Exhibition Center

Time: 9 a.m. to midnight

Dated: From Wednesday to Saturday 24 to 27 November

20. Poetry series in Saudi Arabia

Country Pavilion: Saudi Arabia

What it is: Arab music and poetry will come together in an evening featuring renowned and emerging poets from the Gulf and Mena.

Place: Dubai Millennium Amphitheater

Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dated: saturday 27 november

21. Manuel Linan: “Convivencias”

Country Pavilion: Spain

What it is: Manuel Linan, one of the world’s greatest flamenco dancers, pushes the boundaries of an art form in this conceptual show. Joined by Andalusian dancer David Carpio, the show combines the traditional with the avant-garde while maintaining the characteristic passion of flamenco.

Place: Earth scene

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dated: Tuesday, November 30

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Events from October 21 at Expo 2020 Dubai to put in your calendar

Update: October 22, 2021 9:50 a.m.


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