Abu Dhabi will host a group of Hollywood stars participating in the tenth edition of the Middle East Film and Comic Book Fair, the largest and most popular contemporary arts festival in the region, which will be held for the first time in the UAE capital from 4-6 March, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center ADNEC, with the support of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
These stars participate in meetings, dialogues and live interviews with the audience, as part of the exhibition program, which is filled with entertainment shows from cartoon character bands and alternative rock music, experiments, workshops, and networking events with the heroes of films, comics and science fiction. Visitors also listen to interviews with the world’s brightest personalities from the world of cinema and broadcast platforms for films and series, and watch the costume parades of the characters of the comics.
The show’s first guest list includes Hollywood stars Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal, American voice actor Charles Martinet and British actress Nathalie Emmanuel. Rocker gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of Yondo Yudonta in “Guardians of the Galaxy”, as well as his participation in successful films and television shows such as “The Suspended Squad” and the horror television series “The Walking Dead” from AMC Studios.
In turn, Jon Bernthal starred in the performance of Shane Walsh in the series “The Walking Dead” between 2009 and 2013, and the main character Frank Castle in the series “The Punisher” from “Marvel”, and also participated in many films such as “The Wolf of Wall Street.” “Baby Driver” and “Fiori”. Nathalie Emmanuel achieved great success in the series “Game of Thrones” on the “HBO” platform and the seventh and ninth films “Fast and Furious”, while Charles Martinet, with his voice, embodied many main characters, including Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi in the game “Super Mario Bros. From “Nintendo”.
The exhibition, which will be held in Halls 8 and 9 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center “ADNEC”, includes a theater that includes screenings of films, exclusive teaser clips and panel discussions with stars, celebrities and pioneers of this sector. Moreover, the gaming zone, powered by “Games Cone”, gives electronic game enthusiasts the opportunity to test their skills in exciting and competitive matches while experiencing the latest games and innovations. Visitors will also enjoy many surprises with the possibility to purchase exclusive pieces and memorabilia. The exhibition halls witness daily a full program of inspiring experiences such as disguise lessons in the costumes of favorite cartoon characters, arts, creativity and animation sessions presented by specialized experts.
Hanisha Kumar, Director of Marketing, Middle East Film & Comic Book, said: “We are dedicated to fulfilling our commitment to provide an exceptional experience for audiences of modern entertainment, film, comics and science fiction during this highly anticipated edition of the exhibition in the capital. A unique set of experiences awaits our visitors with the participation of a group of stars including Nathalie Emmanuel, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal and Charles Martinet, known for his wonderful voice performance of the characters of the game Super Mario Bros.”
It is noteworthy that the “Middle East Film and Comic Book Fair” is being organized in accordance with the health and safety standards “AllSecure”, developed by “Informa”, the company organizing the event. These measures are in line with the precautionary measures adopted by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, to ensure the health and safety of all.