The new UAE series spans three weeks of ‘at home’ entertainment across multiple genres and languages including English, Arabic, French, Hindi and more.
Ticketing platform BookMyShow has extended its home entertainment line-up ‘Live From HQ’ to the UAE to showcase local artists throughout April. The platform, which saw over 10,000 people globally tune into daily music and comedy performances in a single week, is set to curate region-specific content starting April 12 in three categories: performing arts, comedy, and music.
Produced in conjunction with Indian talent management company Big Bad Wolf, the UAE’s most successful weekly act will also win the chance to expand their audience reach into India by performing as part of the Live from HQ India edition.
The initial bill curated by The Junction, Dubai’s leading independent performing arts venue, will feature daily 40-minute poetry readings, storytelling, monologues and more in English, Arabic, French, Hindi and Marathi. Headline local performers include Malavika Varadan, Purva Grover, Gagan Mudgal and Hansraj. Acts will include Shakespearean monologues in A Bit o’the Bard; a Writing to Heal Workshop; and Qui a peur de Virginia Woolf – a monologue based on a 1962 Broadway play.
BookMyShow will also roll-out seven days of live comedy shows starting April 19 in collaboration with Comic On Nights, a UAE based comedy and entertainment agency with over 150 local and international shows under its belt. The final instalment in the weekly series will showcase local musicians with BookMyShow curating five shortlisted performances.
Commenting on the platform, Sudhir Syal, CEO of BookMyShow Middle East, said: “As we continue to practice responsible social distancing for an extended period of time, we want to offer residents daily respite with live performances repackaged to keep everyone entertained at home. BookMyShow is expanding ‘Live From HQ’ to host A-list performers and discover emerging UAE talent. Our decision to expand the artist roster by collaborating with local talent partners will further drive the next phase of ‘Live from HQ’ to create a series of multilingual live shows designed to cater to the UAE’s diverse audience demographics. With this extended line-up, ‘Live From HQ’ will become the UAE’s longest live streaming initiative, creating prime-time destination viewing crossing numerous genres of live entertainment.”