Arab Today, arab today emirates airline festival of literature
Last Updated : GMT 08:39:07
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Emirates airline festival of Literature

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Emirates airline festival of Literature

Dubai - Arabstoday

A breathtaking display of readings, dance, music and poetry marked the opening of the fourth annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2012 at the Al Mamzar Theatre, Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association, on Tuesday. More than 120 authors are participating in the five days of celebration of literature which includes an array of literary activities including author interactions, workshops for adults and children and cultural events. Talking about the festival\'s theme of ‘Identity\', Isobel Abulhoul, festival director, said: \"The big questions about personal identity — \"Who Am I?\" Who are You? … Where do I fit? are the ones which, as thinking humans, we all strive to answer. For many writers, the answers are what compels them to write and this, in itself, makes the case for basing the theme of the Literary Festival on this concept. \"In Dubai we are characterised by its ability to be home to every nationality under the sun. We can be ourselves and yet find a new self which belongs to Dubai. We are Indian, or Emirati or British or French or Kenyan or Japanese. But we also become someone else — a part of Dubai. We adopt new words from several different languages and learn about new foods, social customs and habits. We open our minds to new ways of looking at life,\" she said. She said a core vision of the festival is to help improve literacy rates in the region through various student competitions and education days and giving people a chance to meet inspirational writers. One of the Arab world\'s best loved poets, Mourid Barghouti read an excerpt from Midnight. \"It is quite interesting to see an enthusiastic group of men and women who are interested in literature. Another positive thing is that it is multicultural and we are seeing writers from across the world. Restriction is damaging to culture, if we confine [it] we would probably jump into sweeping generalisations. This kind of openness to different cultures is very positive,\" the author told Gulf News at the festival. Charles Dickens was honoured with a reading from Great Expectations in Arabic by Emirati actor Ebrahim Ustadi. He was joined by top selling British author, David Nicholls, who has recently completed a new screen version of the English classic on the occasion of the 200th birthday of the great novelist and social commentator. The guests were greeted on arrival by Youla dancers and a vibrant performance began with flag carrying scouts paying tribute to the 30 home countries of this year\'s participating authors. More than 500 local performers and school children captivated the audience which included Shaikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, senior government officials, diplomats, representatives from major business and educational institutions and others. The boys and girls who performed were dressed in the native costumes of the countries they represented. The opening ceremony was brought to a rousing close with the first public performance of this year\'s festival anthem; Al Bab Al Maftouh (The Open Door).The anthem was composed by Yousuf Khan with the assistance of Salem Belyouha. The opening night kicked off with pure entertainment courtesy of one of the greatest broadcasters of all time, Terry Wogan, and a celebration of music and poetry from four international poets Imtiaz Dharker, John Agard, Yang Lian, and Daljit Nagra. The Irish Dance Group\'s performance served as a welcome to  Wogan, who was born in Limerick, Ireland. Known for his wit and good humour, Wogan has been the most listened-to broadcaster in Europe raking eight million listeners across the continent. In conversation with Bernard Creed, Wogan took the festival goers to a trip down memory lane, through the highlights of his five-decade TV and radio career. And as expected,  Wogan cracked jokes, mostly Irish jokes, in between the conversation and never failed to make the audience laugh. \"It\'s been an honour to stand up here to make an idiot of myself,\" he joked. The love of language was also highlighted through poetry by four acclaimed poets Imtiaz Dharker, John Agard, Yang Lian, and Daljit Nagra.

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 emirates airline festival of literature Arab Today, arab today emirates airline festival of literature

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'

GMT 11:59 2017 Friday ,24 March

Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'
Arab Today, arab today 5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas

GMT 17:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas
Arab Today, arab today Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets

GMT 06:39 2017 Monday ,27 March

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets
View News in Arabic - Culture: مهرجانات عربية
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Yemen children dream of school

GMT 07:25 2017 Friday ,24 March

Yemen children dream of school
Arab Today, arab today MP submits a petition to dismiss university head

GMT 06:21 2017 Friday ,24 March

MP submits a petition to dismiss university head
Arab Today, arab today Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry

GMT 04:51 2017 Friday ,24 March

Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design

GMT 13:22 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design
Arab Today, arab today Renault Trezor wins design award

GMT 11:56 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Renault Trezor wins design award
Arab Today, arab today Actress Mervat Amin reveals her role in new series
Arab Today, arab today 2017 already marked

GMT 15:25 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

2017 already marked

GMT 06:04 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Haifa Wahby bets on her new drama show

GMT 22:00 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Number of unwedded girls amounts to 2.5m

GMT 18:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Accessories designer reveals her new collection

GMT 10:34 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Mexico threatens to ditch US corn imports

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 20:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

Health expert warns from dust sensitivity

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 March

US, Britain ban laptops on flights

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 19:27 2017 Saturday ,11 March

Boualsof launches "Priestess Kahina" collection
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