Expect big names – including cellist Yo-Yo Ma – at the 2017 edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival.

Hosted from March 1 to 31, the arts and cultural festival unveiled the upcoming programme today and will see the Chinese-American cellist close the show on March 31 at Emirates Palace. The Silk Road Ensemble will accompany the Grammy award winner, for a concert inspired by the historical Silk Road.

American jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, who last attended the festival in 2010, will be returning next year with a jazz concert on March 27 at Emirates Palace. For those looking to hear global music, fado singer Mariza will perform a selection of works in the traditional Portuguese genre on March 29.


Other headliners include Saudi singer Mohamed Abdo who performs for one night only on March 14 and the Spanish Flamenco guitarist Tomatito, who will be performing at the New York University Abu Dhabi campus on March 23.

If classical music is what you’re after the Royal Opera House from London will stage a show about the relationship between Leopold and Wolfgang Mozart in Mozart & Son on March 17. Or check out the two concerts being hosted by China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra on March 24 and 25, which will feature selections from Tchaikovsky, Bach and Rachmaninov.

Tickets are on sale now, with prices starting from Dhs250 and up. For more details visit: abudhabifestival.ae