Competition, book market: Top 5 things to expect from Sharjah Heritage Days – News

The annual festival is back for its 19th edition from March 10



Published: Sat Feb 12 2022 12:19 p.m.

Organized by the Sharjah Institute for Heritage (SIH), the event will run from March 10 to 28 under the slogan “Heritage and the Future”, authorities revealed at a press conference this weekend. end.

The celebration of the year aims to connect the past with the future and the event will see the participation of 33 countries. The Republic of Armenia will be the official guest of honor this year, while Indonesia will be the distinguished guest, authorities said.

Dr Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage and Chairman of the Senior Organizing Committee of Sharjah Heritage Days, said: “The idea of ​​holding these days every year is based on the vision guidance from His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who has stressed on more than one occasion that heritage strengthens national belonging.

The theme of this year’s festival – “Legacy and Future” – is a comprehensive statement characterized by its current relevance and importance, AlMusallam explained.

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman of the Development Authority of Trade and Tourism of Sharjah (SCTDA), said: “The Sharjah Heritage Days annual stress the importance of heritage in the exploration of knowledge of the countries, in the creation of human identity in the construction of civilizations and in the preparation of the future. generations. »

Rashid Abdullah Al Obed, Director of Sharjah Broadcasting Authority and Abu Bakr Al Kindi, General Coordinator of Sharjah Heritage Days, and Amal Al Hosani, Head of Media Department at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry also addressed the press conference.

Here are the top five things to expect from the festival

book market

The book market is one of the event’s most distinctive additions and was inspired by the Al Azbakeya book market in Egypt, the book market in Tunisia and the book stores in Morocco. Here old books and modern books of old editions will be sold, and binding and restoration will take place. It will be hosted alongside the Café du marché du livre.

Tournaments and competitions

A total of 29 artistic troupes, including nine international ones – representing Bahrain, Armenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, Kosovo, Spain and Serbia – will take part in the event .

As part of the event, various tournaments and competitions inspired by popular games will be organized. These include the Tibra Sports Challenge and the 5th Al-Dama Gulf Championship.

Exhibitions and cultural programs

The event will include four main exhibitions and 21 cultural programs. The Six Columns exhibition will pay tribute to personalities who have contributed to the preservation of heritage in all its forms, while The Art of Making Clothes from Hanji Paper by Korean artist Amy Lee will present 16 Hanji paper costumes.

Other exhibits include Fifty years of reign of Sultan and Traditional Crafts of Lithuania. The Center of Arab heritage will host four workshops and three events with the participation of 17 countries.

Emirati crafts and programs for children

The Emirati Craft Center will include various traditional crafts and planting workshops, traditional puzzles, and a cooking event hosted by local and international participants.

The Children’s Village will offer nine workshops daily, as well as various programs and competitions for children, workshops for storytellers, children’s theater and popular games.

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The four environments of the Emirates

This year, the focus will also be on the four environments of the emirates, namely the mountainous environment, the agricultural environment, the desert environment and the Bedouin environment. These are – Kalba, Dibba Al-Hisn, Khorfakkan and Al Dhaid and Al Hamriya.

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Colin L. Johnson