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United Arab Emirates: 1,000 poets to attend poetry festival in Abu Dhabi; Key Events Revealed – News

The festival will showcase both forms of Arabic poetry, including Nabati and classical styles.

Published: Tue Oct 10, 2023, 15:43

Last update: Tue 10 Oct 2023, 22:47

More than 1,000 poets will attend the Abu Dhabi Poetry Festival, showcasing a variety of styles such as Nabati and classical Arabic poetry.

The festival, dubbed “the largest celebration of Arabic poetry”, will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

Held in cooperation with the Emirates Heritage Club and organized by the Abu Dhabi Heritage Festivals and Cultural Programs Committee, the four-day festival will begin on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Pilot Major General Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Heritage Festivals and Cultural Programs Committee, stressed that the capital is widely recognized as a conducive environment for poetry, creativity and talent. .

“Abu Dhabi is an enthusiastic supporter of the literary arts and contributes to the cultivation of literary creativity. “The emirate is interested in fostering and nurturing intellectual awareness in the Arab world and enriching the Arab cultural scene.”

The festival will have several pavilions and platforms. There will be a pavilion dedicated to poetry written by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and another to Emirati poetry. Then there is the Poetic Path platform, which is designed to shed light on the multiple stages and evolution of Arabic poetry.

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Al Mazrouei noted that the festival will showcase both forms of Arabic poetry, including Nabati and classical styles.

“Abu Dhabi is dedicated to preserving the poetic, literary and cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates and Arabic-speaking countries.”

Four days of the festival will provide a platform where poets, writers and literary figures can meet, connect and explore different poetic forms in an immersive and dynamic environment. It will offer an opportunity for young poets and writers to showcase their talent, meet established poets from around the world, understand the role of research in poetry and learn about new genres.

In addition, the final auditions of the Million’s Poet Show of Nabati vernacular poetry will be held. Additionally, there will be an Abu Dhabi Poetry Conference with sessions focusing on critical and academic studies and genres of Arabic poetry. There will be several cultural seminars and poetry evenings with the participation of poets from various Arab countries.

There will be a book signing corner, where authors can meet and interact with readers and sign their new publications, and a special children’s pavilion where the next generation can discover the beauty and resonance of poetry.

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