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39 poets invited to Sharjah Poetry Festival
By a Staff Reporter January 04, 2018
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SHARJAH: The sixteenth edition of Sharjah Arabic Poetry Festival will commence on Jan.8, 2018, under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. This year’s Festival invites 39 poets from across the Arab world to recite their original poetry to the public at the Cultural Palace in Sharjah.

The Festival was launched in 2002, five years after the establishment of the House of Poetry, and it has become a destination for poetry enthusiasts both local and regional, having hosted hundreds of Arab poets over the years. Now entrusted to Cultural Affairs in Sharjah’s Department of Culture, the Festival has met with considerable success as a result of the guidance of Sheikh Sultan.

The Department of Culture has honoured young poets from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Mauritania in symposiums held in their home countries and has printed selections of their poetry. The Department has also established poetry houses in Mafraq (Jordan), Nouakchott (Mauritania), Luxor (Egypt), and Kairouan (Tunisia) during the first phase of a project that is morally and materially supported by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.

This year’s ceremony will offer a variety of poetic and cultural activities, events, seminars, and forums, with a focus on honouring Arab poets Noor Al-Deen Samoud from Tunisia and Karim Ma’touq from the UAE at the Sharjah Awards for Arabic Poetry.

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