The 10th edition of Al Ain Book Fair Cultural Programme Announced
Abu Dhabi, 16 September 2018: Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Ain Region, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is organising the 10th edition of the Al Ain Book Fair from 23rd September to 2nd October. The fair’s accompanying cultural programme will focus on discussions with Emirati writers on various cultural and creativity issues. Al Ain Book Fair will also present a selection of products from various fields across literature, thought, poetry, history, photography and a variety of academic and educational books.
Hosting a group of thought pioneers, intellectuals, writers and journalists, the fair will also provide the public with opportunities to meet with authors and participate in interactive talks and cultural dialogues, as well as enjoy a selection of live musical performances.
Abdullah Majed Al Ali, Acting Executive Director of the National Library Sector, DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “This year marks a significant milestone for Al Ain Book Fair as it marks the fair’s 10-year anniversary which coincides with the ‘Year of Zayed’. The late Founding Father was known for supporting education and culture as key pillars in development and human advancement. Al Ain Book Fair aims to provide visitors with an opportunity to participate in a vibrant, cultural and creative movement with various engaging programmes.”
Through several specialised seminars, the cultural programme at Al Ain Book Fair will addresses significant aspects of the cultural landscape in the region. Sessions will include: ‘Writing with a Camera Lens’, a seminar featuring Nasser Al Dhaheri and Mohammad Al Maskari, which will focus on a photographer’s work in narrating a story through photography. Meanwhile, ‘Children’s Literature: The Future of the Writing Generations’, led by Sheikha Mariam Saqr Al Qasimi and Buthaina Sharif, will address the importance of children literature in light of the rise of technological developments.
The ‘Emirati Short Story: Forecasting the Future of Narration’ seminar, presented by Emirati novelist Shaima Al Marzouqi, will scrutinise the role of narration in writing short stories, novels, or any Emirati literary genre. The aim of this seminar is to make a creative product that can delve into psychological and societal interactions. Other sessions include ‘Theatre in the UAE’, which will tackle the role of Emirati theatre in shaping customs and traditions.
Through its various activities, the cultural programme also seeks to promote the emergence of the arts. As such, a selection of musical performances will be presented throughout the fair, such as Melodies from Balochistan, Matryoushka- a Russian classical music performance, and Bahar Al Fujairah, a musical recital led by renowned artist Ali Al Hefaiti and group of students from the Fujairah Fine Arts Academy. Other musical performances include jazz rhythms by My Music Head from Dubai, and Indian music by Mirchi Percussions.
Al Ain Book Fair opens its doors to visitors daily from 9am to 1pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm and from 5pm to 10pm on Fridays, at the Al Ain Convention Center. Admission is free.
About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.