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ADMAF announces winners at Abu Dhabi Festival 2018

ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2018 (WAM) -- Encouraging opportunities within the country’s growing creative and cultural industries, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, ADMAF, has announced the recipients of The Gulf Capital – ADMAF Creativity Award 2018, and The Gulf Capital – Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award 2017 in the presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance.

Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival; and Dr. Karim Al Solh, CEO of Gulf Capital, were also present.

Nurturing aspiring and emerging Emirati artists and creative practitioners, the awards shine a light on the country’s creative young talent across visual arts, performing arts, literature, animation or film.

Announced at the Emirates Palace Auditorium Foyer, the ceremony awarded The Gulf Capital – ADMAF Creativity Award 2018 to Ahmed Al Tunaiji from New York University Abu Dhabi for the ‘Arasian’ short film; while The Gulf Capital – Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award 2017 was awarded to Emirati artist and recent Higher College Technology Women’s College Abu Dhabi graduate, Sakeena AlRumaithi for her jewellery designs. Both winning works can be enjoyed by visitors throughout the Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 at Emirates Palace.

Dr. Karim El Solh, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Capital, said, "Gulf Capital is proud to support young Emirati talent as the country celebrates the ‘Year of Zayed’, to honour the Founding Father of the nation who believed in directing all the resources to nurturing people, advancing their knowledge and improving their well-being. In line with this vision, we continue to back the Abu Dhabi Festival in its 15th anniversary to remain one of the main pillars for developing the nation’s emerging talent through education, art, music, culture and exchange. We congratulate the winners of this year’s awards on their artistic achievements and wish them all the best in the future."