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Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi is celebrating the 73rd Indian Independence Day with a three-day event called Jai Ho from August 22 to 24 at the Abu Dhabi National Theatre. There’ll be stand-up comedy, concerts and more. On August 22, get up close and funny with Amit Tandon and Biswa Kalyan Rath’s performance. Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan performs on August 23 and on August 24, versatile playback singer Hariharan will perform a mix of classical and Bollywood songs. All performances start at 9pm and tickets start from Dh75 at

A funny summer

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Laugh summer out of the calendar with this line-up of comedy shows. The Laugh-A-Thon series stand-up comedy nights are continuing their port-side humour aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2. On August 23, comedian Abhishek Upamanyu will trigger waves of laughter with quick-witted takes on Indian culture and life.

Back on solid ground at the Bollywood Parks, another Indian comic, Daniel Fernandes, will steer the humour towards serious social issues with his comedy special Shadows on Friday. The hour-long show will see the Mumbai-based comic address mental health issues and promises to break the traditional rules of a stand-up show.

Comedian Sunil Grover’s wacky alter-ego Dr Mashoor Gulati will be prescribing some laugh-out-loud moments at the Comedy Clinic show on Saturday (August 17) at Shaikh Rashid Hall at Dubai World Trade Centre. Expect audience interaction, over-the-top singing and dancing. Tickets from Dh75 at

The Future is Here

Isaac Sullivan

Alserkal Avenue’s summer programme, Foretold, dwells on all thinks future and the human need for predictions. As part of the programme, Isaac Sullivan’s performance, Utopics, takes place tomorrow at 8pm at Warehouse 82. The show was first performed at European Cultural Centre’s Venice Biennale collateral exhibition at Palazzo Mora in May 2019. It uses text projections, sampled music and live noise to depict decay of pictures and sound. Free entry to all,