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Fujairah Ruler opens first Fujairah International Arts Festival

posted on 20/02/2016: 2130 views

The UAE has become an ideal destination for innovators, writers, thinkers and intellectuals from across the world, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, said while opening this evening the first Fujairah International Arts Festival being organised by the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority (FCMA) at Fujairah Corniche as part of the emirate's efforts to host international cultural and arts events.

'The UAE is embracing artistic and cultural initiatives and projects and hosting high-profile, large international artistic festivals to entrench its standing on the world humanitarian landscape,' H.H. added.

'The Emirate of Fujairah is proud of its influential role in the artistic and cultural movement that the UAE is currently witnessing and its achievements in the global cultural landscape. Today, Fujairah is playing an active role in reshaping the cultural scene and is also proud that one of its citizens, Mohammed Saif Al-Afkham, Director General of FCMA, is the incumbent President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), becoming the first Arab national to hold this international prestigious position,' he said.

The event will run from February 19th to 28th, and has attracted 700 artists, cultural personalities and VIP guests from 65 Arab and foreign countries. It involves music, theatre and dances.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, Sheikh Dr. Rashid bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Chairman of FCMA and head of the festival's higher organising committee, Sheikh Maktoum bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Jordanian Culture Minister, Dr Lana Mamkegh, celebrities, writers, critics, specialists, representative of Arab ministries of culture and VIP guests attended the opening ceremony.

The first Fujairah International Arts Festival opened with an operetta – The Rise of Glory – based on the UAE's history and achievements.

During the opening ceremony, the Crown Prince honoured winners of the 4th Arabic Playwriting Competition.

Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, Director-General of FCMA and Festival Director, spoke about the highlights of the festival and its various events and activities, which include international music bands and folklore groups in addition to monodrama shows, Al Saif Championship (traditional dancing), cultural activities, workshops, exhibitions for fine arts and sculpture and a variety of community activities.

Fujairah city will host daily concerts for Arab and international performers while Dibba Al Fujairah Theatre will host the theatre shows of the 7th Fujairah International Monodrama Festival. Musical bands and artists from all over the world were chosen to bring their art to Fujairah. The Al Saif Championship will make a comeback with its third cycle at Fujairah Fort. A camp for fine arts will be held in Wadi Al Wurayah, in addition to evening shows for folklore bands in Masafi and Tuwayyain. There will also be panels, press conferences for celebrities and street performances.

The festival includes a panel about traditional theatre and the monodrama theatre with various themes, in addition to workshops and seminars. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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