The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi has been refining its offer in the last year or so. First came priced tickets, which fixed one of the problems with freebies (no-shows) and helped out with another (it’s expensive running an arts centre, even one subsidised by the university as a public good).
Still, AED 100 isn’t a bad base price for the quality of the shows on offer. Now comes Phase Two, a sensibly packaged membership programme; this guarantees ticket(s) to every Arts Center production for the season plus discounts on guest tickets, early bookings, member-only events, and – importantly– a tote bag and pin branded for The Arts Center.
The membership fee could represent a significant discount if you go to most or all or the Center’s productions. You also get early-bird access, a week earlier than the general public for shows in 2018 (and early access for the January to May season when those events go on sale). The programming is so good hat many of the Arts Center events will be sold out, so this could be useful.
On top of that, members get unique, advance and/or free access to over 20 artist residencies showcasing music, dance, theatre, family shows, film, spoken word, and Off The Stage events (which are workshops, talks, and masterclasses hosted by visiting artists).
Three membership packages are available – single (one ticket for every production) at AED 750; dual (two tickets) for AED 1,400; and family (two adults plus two youth tickets) for AED 2,100.
Single Membership – AED 750
Dual Membership – AED 1,400
Family Membership – AED 2,100