#WOWJBR throwing a huge ten-day musical extravaganza

The music festival is set to feature 200 performances by 55 artists from over 20 countries

#WOWJBR throwing a huge ten-day musical extravaganza

If you find yourself walking around JBR, you can forget your headphones, as the streets will be filled with the pumping tunes from #WOWJBR Street Beats.

Dubai’s beachfront destination is hosting the second edition of its ten-day music festival and its bringing in 55 artists from more than 20 countries in 200 performances.

Until Wednesday February 27, street artists from around the globe will take over five different open-air stages, performing with both “traditional and unconventional instruments.”

Set up as a platform for homegrown artists from the UAE, a few highlights include Hamood Bafoory, the first Emirati rocker, 2012 beatbox champion of the UAE, Ray, loop pedal artist Adam Baluch, lap-tapping acoustic guitar player Adam Kadabra and Walter Scalzone, a percussionist who uses a combination of unique visual effects.

As for the international line-up, expect performances from India’s first female bagpiper, The Snake Charmer, flute loop player Sean Regan, multi-instrumental pop duo Hannie along with classical singer Josephine Shaw.

Other acts include composer and virtuoso sarod player Soumik Datta and Cat Indigo, a duo that combines the classical harp with the hand pan.

The event is completely free to attend, and will take place from 5pm until 10pm on weekdays, and 4pm until 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Visitors can also walk along JBR’s 1.7km promenade under a canopy of lights and head over to the photo wall for those Insta-snaps.

As for the little ones, a dedicated children’s zone will have interactive workshops and activities to keep them busy.

We’re coming to the end of #WOWJBR, but we still have March’s arts theme to look forward to, with installations, roaming art displays and a delectable food festival.

More of a boat person? The 27th Dubai International Boat Show will be kicking off on Tuesday February 26, and there are quite a few aquatic events to watch.

Also on Thursday February 28 is Atlantis The Palm’s megabrunch Cirque de Cuisine, and this time its bringing in a South American carnival theme.

Free music? Sounds good to us.
Free entry. Mon Feb 18-Wed Feb 27. Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-10pm. The Walk, JBR (800 637227).

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