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3 symposia to be held at Sharjah poetry festival
By Salma Alalem February 09, 2018
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SHARJAH: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, attended the opening of the 14th edition of the Sharjah Folklore Poetry Festival at Sharjah Culture Palace, on Feb.7 evening.

The festival, which is held under the patronage of His Highness, is organised by the Cultural Affairs at Department of Culture and will continue until Feb.13, hosting over 40 Emirati and Arab poets.

His Highness awarded the personalities of this edition of the festival, including Salim Saif Al Khalidi, Butti Al Mathloum, and Tanhat Najid, after a screening of their achievements in the genre of Folk Poetry for the Arab World.

This year’s seven-day edition, themed “The Folk Poem… A Platform for Assembly”, will offer a variety of poetic and cultural activities, events, seminars, forums, and book signing.

There will be three separate symposia titled “Enlightenment in Folk Poetry”, “Zayed in Folk Poetry”, and “The Folk Poem ... A Platform for Assembly” seminars among the activities.

The Festival is one of the most significant festivals and has seen a constant growth in folklore poetry from generations to generations. The festival aims to preserve this, one of the few spoken arts of the UAE’s heritage.

It is a sincere attempt to gather poets and poetry enthusiasts and address the discussions of this specific genre of poetry.

The various texts of this form contain subjects on nostalgia, identity, and appreciation of one’s roots.
 

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