Arab Today, arab today going back in time
Last Updated : GMT 23:59:20
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Qasr al-Hosn Festival

Going back in time

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Going back in time

Qasr al-Hosn Festival
Abu Dhabi - Arab Today

The third Qasr Al Hosn Festival returns to the UAE capital on February 11. A celebration of Emirati history and cultural heritage, the festival which will be on till February 21, will look into Abu Dhabi's past, focusing on the city's 16th century Al Hosn Fort (Qasr Al Hosn) and the 20th century Cultural Foundation.
"With Qasr Al Hosn Festival, we are not just celebrating monuments; we are celebrating the people who have carried the story of a nation, generation to generation. We are looking to illustrate the importance of conserving the Fort as a symbol of great significance in Emirati history, protecting our national identity and heritage through passing down our most valued traditions,” stated Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), which organises the festival.
As in the previous two years, the festival grounds will be split into different zones — coastal living, desert, oasis and Abu Dhabi island — each zone with its own typical live heritage demonstrations, exhibits and shops.
The international, Vegas-style shows that used to steal much of the festival's limelight in the past two years have been scrapped so that greater focus will be on Qasr Al Hosn itself.
In 2013, the first year of the festival, Abu Dhabi and Qasr Al Hosn celebrated their 250th anniversary. The story of the citadel, and that of the fort began around 1760, when Sheikh Dhiyab bin Isa of the Bani Yas tribe built a watch tower on the island to protect a newly found, and dug water well.
Two years ago, the fort was under renovation and, although the festival was on its grounds, its walls were closed to visitors. In 2014, for the first time in decades, guided tours were allowed in the inner courtyard of Qasr Al Hosn during the festival only and, this February, the family wing and administration offices of the fort will be further opened for visitors on supervised tours.
"The tour this year will offer two different experiences, the pragmatic administration rooms and the family wing, where we found wall decorations of peacocks, plants and Arabian Oryx,” said Mark Kyffin, head of architecture at TCA.
"Initially, we thought these decorations were made in the 1990s, but we now believe they are actually from the original times of the palace, in the 1940s, although more tests are needed to confirm,” he told Khaleej Times.
Qasr Al Hosn, which started as a watchtower in 1760, had various additions throughout the centuries, the most important being the fort walls in 1795 - 1980 and the royal palace in 1939-1945.
Along with guided tours this year, the adjacent National Consultative Council Chamber, where meetings were held planning the union of the seven emirates, is also opened to visitors.
Poetry, rababa and oud recitals will also take place in the fort's courtyard and a Qasr Al Hosn exhibition will end the tours, showcasing life in Abu Dhabi in the old days, as well as conservation efforts to restore the fort.
The other big focus this year will be on the Cultural Foundation, another iconic building of Abu Dhabi, built in 1981, right next to Qasr Al Hosn, home to many art and cultural events, including the first and only art cinema and one of the first theatre halls in the city until few years ago, when it closed for renovation, as well.
During the festival, the Cultural Foundation will host arts and crafts workshops, traditional music and poetry performances in its outdoor amphitheatre and two exhibitions, one about the building itself and one about Abu Dhabi's residents' memories of the Cultural Foundation.
Source: Khaleej Times

 

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today going back in time Arab Today, arab today going back in time

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ideen Belmahdy happy to be part of “ Fashion Star”

GMT 17:00 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ideen Belmahdy happy to be part of “ Fashion Star”
Arab Today, arab today Tourist guide explains types of tourism

GMT 18:28 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Tourist guide explains types of tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 03:52 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 20:09 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Releases his new novel 'Three Nights'

GMT 14:25 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Reveals secrets of painting on pottery

GMT 13:09 2017 Monday ,20 February

Refuses to convert his novel to unethical one

GMT 06:33 2017 Monday ,20 February

Participates in a workshop on Babylon

GMT 21:44 2017 Sunday ,19 February

To present 40 paintings in special exhibition

GMT 08:31 2017 Sunday ,19 February

Rabat to Be Africa’s Cultural Capital in April

GMT 17:53 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Mohammed Bin Talha: My prize for all Moroccan poets
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار ثقافة
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan

GMT 07:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 13:47 2017 Friday ,24 February

Rabia Fatima reveals role of "Facebook" in her career

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday