In an atmosphere full of innocence, love of knowledge and colors and bets on future generations, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Court Member and Ruler of Sharjah, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, opened the 13th edition of the Sharjah Festival yesterday morning.Read for children by the Sharjah Book Authority under the slogan “Be your being”, until the 22nd of this month, at the Expo Center Sharjah.
After the opening band was cut, His Highness watched a singing performance by a group of Sharjah children, after which His Highness toured the Ruler of Sharjah through the various corridors and corners of the festival.
During his tour, accompanied by the two children, Mohammed Sami Saif Al Haj and Fatima Ahmed Obaid Sandal, His Highness listened to detailed explanations of the participation of the authorities in the festival, highlighting the great interest in children in the Emirate of Sharjah.
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah visited the pavilion of the Emirates Foundation for School Education, the Sharjah Education Council, the Sharjah Special Education Authority and the Ministry of Education, where he was introduced to the efforts made to develop children’s educational tools and to upgrade. means, as well as the various educational and educational publications that the authorities are working on to promote and strengthen education, learning and the love of reading in children.
His Highness also visited a number of pavilions of government institutions active in the field of publishing, supporting, caring for and educating children participating in the festival. His Highness was informed about the pavilion of the Rubu ‘Qarn Foundation for Creating Leaders and Innovators, the Contemporary Craft Council (Irthi), the Sharjah Police General Command, the Department of Culture, and Kalimat Group. The Sharjah Heritage Institute, the Department of Statistics and Community Development, the Health Education Department and the Child Safety Department of the Supreme Family Affairs Council, the Emirates Council on Books for Young People, in addition to the Sharjah Radio and Television Authority pavilion, and a number of pavilions for various entities .
His Highness stopped at a number of activities and events offered by the festival for children, as part of the program of workshops and events dedicated to the development of children’s skills in various scientific and creative fields.
Placements and offers
This year’s edition of the festival attracts 139 publishers from 15 Arab and foreign countries, including 76 publishers from within the UAE, 15 from Lebanon, seven from each of: Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and five from the United States. to Kuwait publishing houses. , Qatar, Sudan, Morocco, India, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and others.
The exhibition’s activities include more than 1,900 activities, including theater and musical performances, creative and artistic workshops, and dialogue sessions that discuss the most prominent issues of culture, creativity and publication for children, in addition to other events such as the social networking station, which hosts is for eight social media influencers, and specialists in creating creative and knowledge content. , to host 25 different events and workshops, and the cooking corner, which showcases the organization of 30 events, with the participation of eight chefs from seven countries, and others.
As part of the festival’s activities this year, the tenth session of the Sharjah Children’s Book Drawing Exhibition will host 23 artistic workshops, in which 296 illustrators from 48 Arab and foreign countries will participate, including 77 participants from the Arab region, and 219 from foreign countries .
More than 50 Arab publishing houses and Emirati, Arab and foreign illustrators from 12 countries will participate in the Children’s Bookmaking Platform “Horizon”, which aims to support the visual content of the Arab children’s book and promote the children’s book industry in the Arab region. .
The festival will witness the holding of the first conference for book distributors in the world, during the 15th and 16th of this month at the headquarters of the Sharjah Book Authority, which brings together more than 200 book distributors from around the world, who will discuss through various sessions and workshops the future of the book distribution sector, and mechanisms for developing distribution channels to bring about a shift in the field of book marketing and distribution and the exploration of new markets for the book.
Arab and foreign guests
This year, the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival will host a group of Emirati, Arab and foreign creators, writers and artists, with 43 guests from 21 countries around the world taking part in the presentation of 120 cultural events, including Egyptian artist Mohamed Henedy, the famous American . film director and painter Kyle Balda, the composer, singer and author of children’s songs Tariq Al-Arabi Two Paths, along with a number of writers and writers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, Russia, and others .
Drawings from around the world
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Councilor and Ruler of Sharjah, concluded his tour of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival by visiting the Sharjah Children’s Book Illustrations Exhibition, where His Highness was introduced to the exhibition’s drawings by participants from the United Arab Emirates and from several countries of the world. .
Upon his arrival at the festival, His Highness was received by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, Sheikh Salem bin Abdul Rahman Al Qasimi, Head of the Ruler’s Office, Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Director of the Department of Statistics and Community Development, and a number of heads of local departments and senior officials.Those involved in cultural affairs, writers, writers and publishers.
• 1900 activities, including theater and musical performances, creative and artistic workshops, and discussion sessions at the festival.
• 139 publishers from 15 Arab and foreign countries display their publications during the festival.
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