Yara, a Lebanese singer, will lead World Children’s Day celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai

Music maestro AR Rahman’s daughter Khadija will perform with the all-women Firdaus Orchestra as well as Lydian Nadhaswaram, a teenage piano sensation

On November 20, Lebanese singer Yara will kick-off Expo 2020 Dubai’s World Children’s Day celebrations as the UNICEF ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa. The star will perform at the Al Wasl Stage at the end of the ‘Visions of the Future’ event.

This year’s theme, Visions of the Future, will feature guest speakers and performers from around the world. Parents and children are invited to attend together to learn more about the cultural aspects. The celebration of World Children’s Day at Expo 2020 Dubai will prompt us to think, plan, and work hard to make childhood the best it can be for every child. Both federal and local governments in the UAE are striving to give children the best possible welfare so they can live freely and easily. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak is the Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation (FDF). In addition, She mentioned the federal law on child rights, which includes 74 articles in 12 chapters covering children’s rights,” said Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, UAE Minister of Community Development, who will address the gathering along with other dignitaries.

Featuring dancers from Circus Zambia, the show will begin with a performance by the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra. Afterward, UAE ministers and UNICEF representatives will give speeches and perform. Time magazine’s Kid of the Year, 16-year-old scientist Gitanjali Rao, as well as 18-year-old Tanzanian singer Abby Chams and Mexican siblings Vazquez Sounds will appear. A performance by Yara will round out the evening.

Dubai Exhibition Centre will also feature Italian puppet masters. With its marionette production for Orlando Innamorato, one of the great Italian epics, the Figli D’arte Cuticchio company will exhibit its age-old expertise and mastery of Sicilian pupi.

The Firdaus Orchestra will also be performing on the Jubilee Stage. In this groundbreaking ensemble, with female members including AR Rahman’s daughter Khatija and 16-year-old Lydian Nadhaswaram, a student at Baroda, offers music from family films, such as Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. “Children’s Day allows me to embrace my inner child. “It’s nice to celebrate in a large way like this,” Khatija Rahman said ahead of the performance, which will be held at Jubilee Park.

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