Wasla, the Arabic alternative music festival, is back for its third run today at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. The 12-hour long festival’s lineup this year includes regional bands such as Cairokee, Massar Egbari, Mashrou’ Leila, 47 Soul, and El Morabba3. Dubai-based talent such as local instrumentalists Noon, DJ Karrouhat, Arab fusion-pop collective Redaround, and Egyptian rockers Shaghaf will also be performing at the festival. While you’re there checkout their innovative range of art installations, drum circles, arts and crafts workshops, traditional café games such as tawla’ and ‘conkan’ and food trucks and stalls serving up favourites like gourmet burgers, Ka’ak and Lebanese ice cream. Tickets from Dh195 at ticketmaster.ae.
Bollywood Parks Dubai Mojo Rising concert today will see five Indian bands perform back-to-back — Kerala’s alt-rock Avial, playback singer Karthik, Delhi-based Hindi rock band The Local Train, Bangalore’s Carnatic progressive rock band Agam and classic-fusion group Lagori will perform at the themepark starting from 4pm. Tickets from Dh49 at bollywoodparksdubai.com gets you access to the concert and the park.
Lebanese singer Elissa will perform at a free gig at The Pointe — The Palm Jumeirah’s brand new waterfront entertainment, dining and leisure. A live DJ set will get the party started followed by the singer performing hits from her latest album Ila Kol Elli Bihebbouni, including singles Maktooba Leek and Nefsi Aollo.
Be Bad and Boujee this weekend at the FIA World Rally Cross in Abu Dhabi where Migos will perform tomorrow. The after-race concert by the American hip-hop trio will see them perform hits like Versace and Walk It Talk It. Tickets from Dh395 at yasmarinacircuit.com.
Catch up with culture
For some culture, drive out of Dubai and to the Al Marmoom Heritage Village where the Heritage Festival kicks off tomorrow. Until April 18, you can discover quintessentially Arabian traditions through camel races, live concerts by Arabic and international bands and get to see Dubai Police’s supercars. The free community event will also host arts and crafts zones for kids. Visit almarmoomfestivals.ae.
Play with a cause
Still Dancing, an original theatre production that aims to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease in the UAE will take to the stage at The Junction on April 12 and 13. Based on the true story of a Parkinson’s survivor, Still Dancing is the brainchild of Dr Vonita Singh, movement coach and founder of Movement Mantra, who lost her father to Parkinson’s in 2009, and director and founder of Third Half Theatre, Sanjeev Dixit. The play features choreography by international Kathak artist Pali Chandra. Combining music, dance and theatre Still Dancing narrates the story of a family affected by Parkinson’s and charts their joys and hardships. Shows at 7.30pm and 3.30pm; tickets from Dh100 on platinumlist.net.
The Liwa Urban Cycle Race is back on April 12. Cyclists can choose between the arduous 70km course over the rolling dunes around Liwa or opt for the intermediate course of 25km. The race begins and ends outside Liwa Hotel and features a reverse loop for long course riders. Registration starts at 6am and the race starts at 7am. Visit adsc.ae
Rise and run
The monthly Cigna Park Runs at Al Ittihad Park in Palm Jumeirah are back this weekend. Tomorrow you can choose to run a 2.5km or 5km course around the park. Registration costs Dh105, which covers your entry to running events for the rest of the year and gives you a souvenir T-shirt and custom timing chip. Race starts at 8am; visit cignaparkrun.com.
Get your game face on
Its carnival time at children’s interactive museum OliOli at Al Quoz — kids can dabble in experiential events with arcade like Pac Man, explore mind-bending illusions and tricks in the Insane Illusion area and enjoy quintessential carnival games for a well-rounded day of immersive learning. Dh155 per child aged 23 months and above and Dh42 per adult at olioli.ae.
Alserkal Avenue’s interactive studio space, thejamjar, is conducting a fun-filled workshop for kids tomorrow. Your tots will learn to craft vibrant and inventive collage animals as part of the multi-media classes. Dh115.50 per child, from 3pm-4pm. Visit jamjardubai.com.