Sultan Al Qasimi celebrates 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Councilor and Ruler of Sharjah, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, organized the 13th session of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Book this morning, Wednesday. under the slogan “Be your being”, during the period from 11 to 22 May, at the Expo Center Sharjah.

His Highness was received on His arrival by His Excellency 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 Department of Statistics and Community Development, and a number of heads of local departments. , senior officials and those involved in cultural affairs, writers, writers, publishers and representatives of the media.

After His Highness cut the opening band, 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, where His Highness was introduced to the various activities and events offered by the festival for children, as well as the pavilions of the educational, educational and cultural authorities participating in the festival.

During the tour, accompanied by the two children, Mohammed Sami Saif Al Haj and Fatima Ahmed Obaid Sandal, His Highness listened to detailed explanations of the authorities’ participation in the festival, highlighting the great interest in children in the festival. reflect. 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 Private Education Authority and the Ministry of Education, where he was familiar with the efforts made to develop children’s educational aids and to upgrade. means, as well as the various educational and educational publications that the authorities are working on to promote and strengthen educational 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 Department of Health Education 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 wings for different 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.

His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah concluded his tour of the 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 various countries of the world.

This year’s edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival attracts 139 publishers from 15 Arab and foreign countries, including 76 publishers from within the UAE, 15 from Lebanon, 7 publishers from Syria, Jordan, Egypt and 5 publishers from the United States. State. In addition to publishing houses from Kuwait, Qatar, Sudan, Morocco, India, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and others.

The exhibition’s activities include more than 1900 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 activities such as the social networking station, which hosts is for 8 creators of social media influencers, and specialists in creating creative content and Knowledge, to present 25 different activities and workshops, and the cooking corner, which will showcase the organization of 30 events, with the participation of 8 chefs of 7 countries, and others.

This year, the festival will feature a selection 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, American film director and well-known painter Kyle Balda, composer, singer and author of children’s songs Tariq Al-Arabi Tarkan. , along with a number of authors and authors from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, Russia, and others.

As part of the festival’s activities this year, the tenth edition of the Sharjah Children’s Book Drawing Exhibition will host 23 artistic workshops, featuring 296 illustrators from 48 Arab and foreign countries, 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’s sponsors include Etisalat, the official sponsor, the Sharjah Radio and Television Authority, the official media partner, and Expo Center Sharjah, the strategic partner.

The festival will witness the holding of the first conference for book distributors in the world, on May 15-16 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 the development of distribution channels to bring about a shift in the field of book marketing and distribution and the exploration of new markets for the book.

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