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BBC Worldwide’s Highly Acclaimed Blue Planet In Concert To Open Abu Dhabi’s Volvo Ocean Race Stopover

August 8, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

BBC Worldwide’s highly acclaimed Blue Planet in Concert will open the Abu Dhabi stopover of the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) on December 12 marking the show’s Arabian premiere.

Blue Planet 1

Blue Planet 1

Having previously played to sell-out audiences in the USA, Europe, the Far East and Australia, Blue Planet in Concert combines spectacular, specially cut high definition footage from the award winning TV series – The Blue Planet – with the emotional and evocative musical score performed by a live orchestra. The show will raise the curtain on the three-week stopover celebrations.

Two 90-minute evening performances of Blue Planet in Concert will be shown on December 12 and 13 on a 10-metre wide screen placed on a purpose-built, floating stage in the waters off Abu Dhabi’s stunning Corniche and will be accompanied by a 78-piece orchestra led by a celebrity guest conductor.

Blue Planet 2

Blue Planet 2

The skyline of Abu Dhabi and the surrounding marine environment will provide a superb and appropriate backdrop to the spectacular scenes featured in Blue Planet in Concert. We hope that the proven mix of breathtaking footage combined with beautiful and evocative live orchestral music will help to set the tone for the stopover celebrations to follow,” said Mat Way, Commercial Director of Live Events at BBC Worldwide.

Hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the stopover festival will take place in a 30,000 square metre, purpose-built VOR Destination Village on the UAE capital’s Corniche Breakwater, packed with edutainment and entertainment highlighting Abu Dhabi’s union with the sea and its maritime heritage. There’ll be dhow racing, pearl diving showcases, traditional sea shanty performances, ocean conservation exhibitions and activities such as beach clean-ups and turtle conservation talks.

Blue Planet 3

Blue Planet 3

The stopover is a tremendous international showcase which propels our winter watersports credentials and marine heritage to the fore among the global sailing community,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director – Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi. “This is when four centuries of maritime heritage will connect with today’s greatest ocean adventure in the world’s most exciting destination.”

Up to 200,000 people are expected to visit Abu Dhabi’s VOR Destination Village, which will be open to the public from December 12 until January 3, when the race fleet departs for its next endurance sailing leg to Sanya, China.

For more information about Abu Dhabi’s 2014/15 VOR Stopover please go to www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages at www.facebook.com/AbuDhabiOceanRacing and @ADORlog.

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