Dubai Set to Host first PaRUS Music Festival
“We speak Russian! We sing in Russian!”
This is the slogan for Dubai’s first PaRUS International Music Festival, a showcase of over 20 Russian bands, singers, and celebrities. The three-day extravaganza is for anyone who loves Russian music and culture.
PaRUS is a play on the word “po-russki” which translates as “in Russian.” “Parus” also means “sail” in Russian, so it is only fitting that the festival’s open-air arena provides an unobstructed view of the Burj Al Arab, a hotel built in the shape of a sail.
PaRUS seeks to become “a landmark event for both residents of multinational Dubai and thousands of tourists who will enjoy an unforgettable holiday in the luxurious hotels of the UAE.”
Over the first weekend of November, the festival will feature artists such as A’Studio, a pop group, and Nikolai Baskov, a tenor who performs in both classical and pop styles.
A’Studio will kick off the first concert of the festival at 9 p.m., after the half hour opening ceremony. Night two boasts a “Gala Concert” with over 100 musicians, singers, and dancers taking the stage. Finally, Svetlana Loboda, a pop and R&B artist, is scheduled to close out the festival.
The entire festival will be held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, where a venue with both scaffolding seating and VIP platforms is being custom built for the festival. Guests in this VIP section will have the opportunity to go to two after-parties. Burj Al Arab will host the official after-parties.
The event is being organized by M Premiere, which has presented the “Russian Seasons in Dubai” gala since 2004, and Russian Media Group, the largest Russian radio holding. Partners include Russian Emirates and The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
The sponsors are marketing the event as something not just for those who speak and understand Russian, but for anyone looking to get a better understanding of the Russian language and culture.
A full list of all 21 performers can be found on the festival’s official website. The website does not currently state whether the festival will be held annually.