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Heritage Days a tribute to Sharjah’s rich legacy
By a Staff Reporter April 10, 2017
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SHARJAH:  The very international Sharjah Heritage Days has returned with its fifteenth edition this month, under the directives of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. This year’s cultural fair oversees a growing plethora of galleries and exhibitions representing over 10 cultural creatives. With artifacts ranging from photography, paintings, sculptures, signature events and historical sites; the cultural fair showcases tangible and intangible heritage items of the emirate and beyond.

“Since its establishment, Sharjah Heritage Days has quickly become a cornerstone of the expanding art and culture scene in the emirate and around the world. Alive and vibrant with a series of exhibitions, the fifteenth edition of the cultural event enables visitors to explore music, dance, sculpture, literature, painting and more. Through this platform we aim to continue developing the cultural heritage of the emirate and the world by promoting the rich legacy it offers,” said Abdulaziz Almusallam, Chairman of Sharjah Institute for Heritage and Chairman of the Higher Committee of Sharjah Heritage Days.

Focusing on political, social and cultural heritage, the exhibitions at Sharjah Heritage Days comprise of cultural and historical information on –

Sharjah Towers

This section includes information on important sports and cultural towers of Sharjah which have been preserved and conserved to retain the rich heritage. The highlights here include buildings as Mani’h, Al Merqab Tower, Marba’a Ali bin Rashid (Al Khan), Assour Tower (Tower of the Wall) and Mahlosa Tower among many others.

Heritage Conservation and Urban Development Projects of Sharjah: This exhibition focuses on conserving Sharjah’s built heritage – on-going and completed projects including Minaret of Masjid Al Mana’i, Wind-tower of Majlis Ibrahim Al Midfa, the decorative patterns of Bait Al Naboodah and the city of Khorfokkan and Kalba.

Coffee Painting

The smell of fresh coffee permeates every corner as the designer takes to coffee beans to express his art. From innovative designs to artistic interpretations, the creations are one better than the other.

Friends Exhibition

The photography exhibition explores pictures which were taken between the years of 1930 and 1940 showcasing life in Giza, Aswan and Cairo. The images take you on a journey, back through history and at a time where friendship was everything. The exhibition narrates the friendship of a group of friends showcasing their journey and encounters in different places across Egypt.

As a meeting place for all professionals in the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, Sharjah Heritage Days is a major event within the world of cultural legacy. Encompassing architecture, but also material and immaterial heritage, the historical collectives represented here demonstrate the importance of conserving and safeguarding heritage.

Held under the theme ‘Heritage – Structure and Denotation’ the fifteenth edition of Sharjah Heritage Days runs from April 4th – 22nd  bringing to focus culture, customs, traditions, hospitality, heritage and other beautiful features of the desert, and countries from all over the world.

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