The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future. The remark of Wendell Phillips, 19th-century American social reformer, is particularly relevant now as the 18th annual edition of Sharjah Heritage Days takes off on Mar.20.
The long-awaited Sharjah Heritage Days (SHD) raised the curtain on Saturday, promising the UAE public a rich and vibrant showcase of the unique customs and traditions of 29 nations around the world with over 500 events and activities.
Themed 'Cultural heritage gathers us', and organised by Sharjah Institute for Heritage (SIH) , the largest and longest celebration of local and global cultures in the UAE and the region brings together 29 countries.
The audience clapped along to the lively beats and soaring music as the dancers did the typical Bhangra moves along to the music of Punjabi folk instruments like the ‘dhol’ and ‘chimta’ in brightly coloured costumes.
Shuqair and Matouk are not just creative artists, they are also musicians, with the former playing the oud and the latter a singer of traditional Lebanese songs.
Open to both amateurs and professionals, the closing date for receiving entries in the architecture and people-based categories is April 5.
Organised by Sharjah Institute for Heritage (SIH), the annually held Sharjah Heritage Days will run for three weeks, from March 20 to April 10, at the Heart of Sharjah’s Heritage Area and the Khorfakkan Heritage Area.
Khamis Tofi walks around the festival venue in a red “tarbouch” hat, serving liquorice from his copper goblet.
The Sharjah City Municipality announced the exemption of 233 parking lots from fees, in the Al Mareija and Al Shyoukh areas, including some parking lots surrounding the Heritage Square in the heart of Sharjah.