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Sultan graces poetry fest
By A Staff Reporter February 06, 2017
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SHARJAH: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, witnessed the launch of the 13th edition of the Sharjah Popular Poetry Festival on Sunday under the theme “The Popular Poem… Sentiment of a Nation”.

The festival is organised by the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information at the Sharjah Cultural Palace. It will continue until Feb.11, and will see the participation of 38 poets, critics and researchers from 14 countries, including the UAE. The ceremony commenced with a speech delivered by Rashid Sharar, Director of Sharjah Centre for Popular Poetry.

He welcomed the poets and the audience, saying that the festival is a great opportunity to meet the poets from various Arab countries, who come to share their finest literary work that reflects various cultures and exchange their experiences in popular poetry. He added, “We hope to contribute to promoting our nation and protect it from all destructive thoughts and preserve its identity and its civilisation and humanity achievements.”

The ceremony also included a documentary film about the poets who were honoured in the 13th edition of the event. They included Ali Bin Bakhit Al Amaimi, Mohammed Hashim Al Sharif and Kaltham Abdullah. The poets were honoured by Sheikh Sultan at the end of the opening ceremony of the festival.
 

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