Poetry festival kicks off in Abu Dhabi
More than a thousand poets will take part in a poetry festival to be held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The event will kick off on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and will last for four days. The festival will feature works written in classical Arabic and nabati styles.
The event, described as the biggest celebration of Arabic poetry, will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
The festival will feature several pavilions and venues. In particular, there will be a pavilion dedicated to the poetry of the festival’s founding father, His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In addition, there will be a Poetry Trail platform designed to shed light on the many stages of the evolution of Arabic poetry.
The four-day festival will provide a platform for poets, writers and literary figures to meet, socialise and explore different poetic styles in an exciting and dynamic environment. Young poets and writers will be given the opportunity to showcase their talent and meet recognised authors from around the world.
In addition, the final auditions of the Million Poets Show on Nabati folk poetry will take place. The Abu Dhabi Poetry Conference will also take place, with sessions focusing on genres of Arabic poetry. There will be several cultural workshops and poetry evenings with poets from different Arab countries.
The festival will include autograph sessions where literary figures can meet readers and sign their new publications, as well as a special pavilion for children where the younger generation can discover the beauty of poetry.
Source: Khaleej Times
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