Abu Dhabi: Held under the theme ‘Notes of Fun’, the 2022 creative lab summer camp has inspired future musicians, producers and performers with a two-week program focused on music, sound effects and digital media.

26 students between 8 and 12 years old participated in the summer camp at Manarat Al Saadiyat, along with expert instructors, volunteers and partner organisations from around Abu Dhabi.

Maitha Khalifa, head of creative lab, said: “Since launching in 2016, creative lab’s summer and winter camps have provided practical training, insights, and inspiration to more than 300 participants. They embody creative lab’s ambition to nurture future leaders in the cultural and creative industries, encouraging participants to grow skills and consider careers in fields like journalism, media and content creation, video game development and now music production – while having lots of fun.”

Sessions included: digital music production by Berklee Abu Dhabi, directing a music video with director Aiham Alsubaihi, music licensing with PopArabia’s Ray Ahmed, hip hop with Soul Trotter’s Philip Rachid, acting with sound effects by Majid TV, music in filmmaking and ASMR by Mile Studios, a day of historic rhythms at Qasr Al Hosn, and a day at Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi where students toured the incredibly immersive theme park and experienced the different rhythmic music of its six lands including Warner Bros. Plaza, Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch. The program culminated in a musical talent show where the participants demonstrate what they’ve learned about life in the creative music industries.

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Creative lab is the home for youth interested in the creative industries, with a passion for film, TV, publishing, music, gaming, animation or illustration. creative lab is a vibrant community full of people who want to expand their creative opportunities, see their project or idea come to life or take their career ambitions to another level.

We guide. We train. We support Arab creative talents and guide their ambitions to bring ideas to life. Our community is open to everyone, and enables participants to volunteer on creative lab productions, shadow some of the talented professionals we partner with, boost their skills with an internship, attend workshops or short courses, gain help to market your project or simply hangout and brainstorm creative ideas.

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