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The Middle East's largest street theatre event Al Ghurair Centre's Dub Fest – International Street Theatre and Comedy Fair

Al Ghurair Centre secures three-year sponsorship of the Middle East's largest street theatre event. (Previously known as Dubai Street Festival)

The biggest international street theatre and comedy fair in the Middle East is back with a brand new name and location.

Previously known as the Dubai Street Festival, the event ran for three consecutive years at Dubai Marina Mall. Now, back with a re-vamp thanks to its new host the Al Ghurair Centre, the event takes place from 20th March 2014 in Deira.

The Al Ghurair Centre's Dub Fest International Street Theatre and Comedy Fair is a free 10 day event showcasing the talents of 30 international acts from over 12 different countries who will perform in over 300 shows to several thousand visitors.

From 20th to 29th March, ex-Cirque Du Soleil gymnasts, Guinness world record holders, international break dancers, live musicians, flamethrowers, tight-rope walkers and 3D chalk artists will perform on the inner streets of Al Ghurair Centre in Deira.

The Al Ghurair Centre secured the rights to host the event for the next three years after holding a series of urban streetscape events focusing on music and art since its expansion in October 2013.

VP of the Al Ghurair Centre David Thurling says; “our venue and ethos for promoting urban entertainment in the region made us the natural choice for an event of this scale and recognition. We are incredibly proud and honoured to be hosting the Al Ghurair Centre's Dub Fest and have made a lot of additions to the usual programme of events”.

Capitalising on its previous success and the Al Ghurair Centre's experience of hosting large scale events, such as the Battle of the Bands and Street Con urban art fest, the city's original mall will inject a new lease of life into Dubai's largest international street theatre show with acts such as;

USA Break dancers from New York, USA

Created by a Cirque Du Soleil performer, Julio Santiago, the USA Break dancers are a multi-award winning, action-packed dance act.

Reuben Dot Dot Dot from Melbourne, Australia

A gymnast and circus performer who has also appeared in Cirque du Soleil, he defies gravity and death with acrobatic stunts and balances that you need to see to believe.

The Rubberband Boy from Christchurch, New Zealand

The Famous Rubberband Boy is the inventor of The One Man Band (a rubberband powered human jukebox). New Zealand's double Guinness World Record Holder, the Rubberband Boy's acts of facial contortion and stationary antics have been admired in 26 countries around the world.

Micha Da Hann from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Holder of three Guinness World records he has created giant balloon sculptures on every continent

A brand new element is also being introduced to this year's street theatre event. Al Ghurair Centre's Dub Fest will welcome some of the world's most highly acclaimed 3D chalk artists to decorate the streets of Deira. The perfect picture opportunity!

This interactive event will encourage audience participation as close up magicians, street theatre comedians, live musicians and a range of international artists take to the streets, further enhancing the Al Ghurair Centre's current free street performances that occur on a daily basis.

“Having heavily supported art, music and culture in the region with free events, the Al Ghurair Centre continues to incubate urban talent in the heart of Deira through educating and entertaining audiences.” says Thurling.

The Al Ghurair Centre's Dub Fest is taking place on the inner street of the Al Ghurair Centre and surrounding streets from 4pm to 11pm on weekdays and 2 pm – 11 pm on weekends, 20th to 29th March. Nearest Metro: Union Square Metro Station

Email: rachelwhitehead@sevenmedia.ae

Telephone: 00971 55 780 1328

Acts include:

The LOL Brothers (Montreal, Canada)

A humorous tour of the history of rock 'n roll music.

USA Break dancers (New York, USA)

Created by a Cirque Du Soleil performer, Julio Santiago, the USA Breakdancers are a multi-award winning, action-packed dance act.

The Dado Show (London, UK)

An endearing and sophisticated clown, combining the weird and the whacky with comedy and improvisaton.

Reuben Dot Dot Dot (Melbourne, Australia)

A gymnast and circus performer who has also appeared in Cirque du Soleil, he defies gravity and death with acrobatic stunts and balances that you need to see to believe.

Mat Ricardo (London, UK)

The elected head of the Covent Garden Street Performers Association for a number of years, Mat cut his teeth on the cobblestones and has since been invited to perform his unique, original and jaw-dropping act at some of the world's best street theatre festivals.

Otto Il Bassotto (Milan, Italy)

A wonderful clowning act, he has a rubber face and a brain that bounces, producing incredible tricks with balloons.

Lords of Strut (Ireland)

Two brothers with fluorescent hi-tops, spandex unitards, gravity defying acrobatics and energetic dance routines, all to a soundtrack of guilty pleasures.

Pedro Tochas (Lisbon, Portugal)

Pedro creates a real-life silent movie with a tale of immortal love, heroes, villains and of course balloon sculpting. A one-man equivalent of “Wallace and Gromit”, Pedro is known as one of the world's best and most original street clowns.

The Rubberband Boy (Christchurch, New Zealand)

The Famous Rubberband Boy is the inventor of The One Man Band (a rubberband powered human jukebox). New Zealand's double Guinness World Record Holder, the Rubberband Boy's act of facial contortion and stationary antics have been admired in 26 countries around the world.

The Mattacchioni Volanti (Milan, Italy)

A group of strange characters who levitate in front of your eyes.

Lisa Lottie (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Lisa Lottie is a Hula Hoop act, blending it with gymnastics. This show is all tricks, flicks and laughter for the whole family!

Rob Roy Collins (Newcastle, UK)

Combining comedy, escapology and acrobatics, there is a perfect blend of laughter, danger and excitement in this British act.

The Mute Show (Thailand)

Two pantomime performers from Thailand create a unique and funny act suitable for all ages and nationalities.

Mario Lewis: The Saw player Tree (Venice, Italy)

A puppetry and live music act.

Akiro Endo (Japan, Tokyo)

A freestyle street painter who is inspired by dance beats and rhythms. This is his first performance in the Middle East.

Orgamen (Spain, Bilbao)

Centered on everyday objects, the show creates a playful universe full of possibilities and communication with the audience.

Theaker Von Zairno (Australia, Canberra)

An international aerialist, she is one of the very few ‘aerial street' acts working the world of busking. She hula hoops fire then performs breathtaking stunts high in the air on aerial silks and static trapeze.

Umami (Spain, Madrid)

Combining diverse dance, comedy, improvisation and character narrative.

Gennaro Troia (Milan, Italy)

3D painting act creating optical illusions.

Richard Sullivan (London UK)

Richard brings a mix of escapes, magic tricks, yo-yoing, comedy juggling and tall unicycling.

Eugenio Jedi Martinez (Romania)

Eugenio is an exotic and modern version of a one-man band, introducing a unique concept, blending Spanish flamenco guitar music, world music and an acoustic fusion of different music styles.

Moises Cedeno (Spain)

At the age of seventeen, Moises began a self-taught journey to learn the feats of the ancient illusionists. He pushed himself to the limits of fear and pain to master such skills as fire eating, walking on glass and lying on beds of nails. His show is filled with action and humour.

Jhonny Mentero (Spain)

Jhonny presents a dynamic and daring tightrope street show. A highwire show to delight the young and the not so young.

Kurlyclown as Charlie Chaplin's “The Tramp” (Spain)

Eva Pilarte presents her signature character Kurlyclown performing as Charlie Chaplin. This tender and humorous performance engages with a language without words.

BuBa Fezt

A Bubbles and Balloons zone for children and families.

International balloon twisting, bubble shows and giant balloon sculptures to transform The Al Ghurair Atrium into a wonderland of fun for all the family.

Micha Da Hann (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Holder of 3 Guinness World records he has created giant balloon sculptures on every continent.

Pop the Balloon Man (Edinburgh, UK)

‘Pop' has been making balloons at the biggest arts festivals in the world for over 20 years. His latest project is to develop a world class Bubble Show that he will debut in Dubai.

Mike Dada (Toronto, Canada)

Known as the world's premier “popcomic”, Mike has travelled the world bringing his balloon creations to entertain people of all ages.



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