The Middle East’s first ‘Rock Camp for Girls’ returns to Dubai

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The Middle East’s first ‘Rock Camp for Girls’ returns to Dubai

Making the band.

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Published: Sun 30 Mar 2014, 11:50 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 6:16 PM

GIRLS CAN MOST definitely rock, too.

Rock Camp for Girls UAE (RCFG UAE) has announced the second edition of its popular and ground-breaking music education project, set to launch on April 11 at Tone Town Studios in Al Quoz.

Organised by women and catering to all girls from eight to 18, RCGF UAE is an in-depth, five-day course for wannabe female rockers - the first of its kind in the Middle East. Back by popular demand, the camp premise is simple: pick up an instrument, form a band, write an original song and perform it in front of friends, family and fans on the final day of camp.

Tuition is on a very personal level; girls are split into bands with each band guided by its own experienced mentor. UAE-based performers like Noush Like Sploosh, Fatiniza and Carla Saad, all well-known names on the Middle East music scene - will pay close attention to each girl’s musical development.

Alongside band rehearsals, girls attend a series of specialised workshops, with instruction on setting up PA systems, lyric writing, creating fanzines, as well as partaking in self-defence classes and band photo-shoots. The highlight of the week-long event is the camp finale, which will tie together everything the girls have learned with a headline performance.

Rock camps catering specifically for girls are nothing new. North America and Europe have seen a rise over the past decade, all in the hope of encouraging more girls to pick up instruments, join bands and write their own music.

Running from April 11 to 15 from 9am -2pm, the camp will cost Dhs999 (early registration) and Dhs1,200 (after April 1). To register, visit

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