Jennifer Lopez (L) and Taylor Swift. File
Lopez herself is scheduled to attend the screening of "Halftime,” a film about the singer and actor's career which kicks off the 20-year-old annual event.
Further down the programme, festival co-founder Robert De Niro will reunite with his "Heat” co-star Al Pacino and director Michael Mann to celebrate the 1995 crime drama's place in film history.
"It was a movie I worked hard on. Michael Mann is a very particular director. He wants things done a certain way and rightfully so ... and that's what makes the movie special," De Niro told Reuters.
"I'm happy to share it with the festival audience and to get a few of us together."
Rapper Lil Baby will take the stage after the premiere of his movie "Untrapped,” as will Machine Gun Kelly after the screening of his feature film "Taurus.”
Swift, former tennis champion John McEnroe and civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton will all be discussing their own films at Tribeca Talks events.
The June 8-19 festival will screen some 110 feature films from 40 countries, including documentaries on abortion, reparations, and freedom of the press.
"We curate a lot of our films with an eye towards the larger audience," co-founder Jane Rosenthal told Reuters.
"You might learn something that you wouldn't if you're just watching talk TV and people are yelling at each other. So, it gives an audience an opportunity to listen and see a point of view in a different way."
The festival celebrated the cultural dialogue between the UAE and South Korea in 2020 and 2021 through various activities, most notably the "Korean Content Festival," which presented Korean content to the Middle East and Emirati opera singer Fatima Al Hashemi.
Pop superstar Taylor Swift topped the list of the world's best-selling music artists in 2019. Thanks to the success of her album "Lover," she beat popular acts including Korean pop sensation BTS.
BTS have been crowned the best-selling global artist of 2020. K-pop band released two best-selling albums last year.
“This is a ‘90s Calvin Klein dress I think I wore to a premiere or something when I was going out with Brad Pitt,” she said.
The rare two-volume set is a copy from the second edition of the 1764 English language translation of the Quran by English author George Sale.
The event, which took place at the Zoya Health & Wellbeing Resort in Al Zorah, Ajman, was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Majid Al Nuaimi.