Heritage is the safe bridge to the future

Sharjah: The 19th annual Sharjah Heritage Days (SHD) festival on day two continues to dazzle visitors with magnificent cultural, artistic and entertainment performances.

Amid remarkable participation from the public and lovers of ancient heritage, the event blends authentic and traditional culture with today’s modern culture, including scientific developments and technological acceleration, to confirm that the he future is only made by thought. Orthodoxy based on deeply rooted values ​​and concepts of striving for the best, involves blending the past with the present and their interaction.

The festival, in its nineteenth edition, under the slogan “Heritage and Future”, includes many interesting and lively events and programs that emphasize the heritage of peoples and their culture. Organized by the Sharjah Institute for Heritage (SIH) and under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah – may God protect him -.

For 18 days, the festival takes place in the Sharjah Heritage Area, in the heart of Sharjah, from March 10 to 28. In addition, accompanying events will be organized successively throughout the month in Kalba, Khorfakkan, Dibba Al-Hisn, Al Dhaid and Al Hamriya.

Folk dances and interactive workshops

The festival location in the heritage area of ​​Sharjah was decorated with an abundance of folk and folk dances and local, Arabic and international songs.

The performances of Al Liwa Group, Al Habban Group and Al Harbiya Group impressed the audience, while the dances of the Armenian group attracted the state, the festival’s guest of honor and international folk art lovers. at the SHD Theater. Fascinating dances also included the Andima dance from the Republic of Lithuania, Russian group dances and an Iraqi session.

Moving from music and dance to literature, children and teenagers from the “Bint Al-Matar” area, run by the International School of Storytelling, had various interactive workshops, including the storyteller for children (storyteller Amira ) and numerous educational workshops and theatrical programs. Daily competitions and entertainment programs for young and old were also held at various locations inside and outside the arena, while the Heritage Craft Village hosted the “Ghars” training workshop, which dealt with Talli craftsmanship from the sister Arab Republic of Egypt and lasted for two days.

The Cultural Café: cultural heritage and the horizon of the future

Within the Cultural Café, His Excellency Dr Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Heritage Institute and Chairman of the Senior Organizing Committee of Sharjah Heritage Days, Dr Omar Abdulaziz, Dr Saeed Yaqtin and Salama Al-Raqi participated in a symposium titled “Culture Heritage and Horizon of the Future”. This exciting symposium was ably moderated by Dr. Mini Bounama, Chairman of Sharjah Heritage Days Cultural Committee.

His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz Al Musallam started the symposium. His Excellency explained how this year’s slogan “Heritage and Future” stems from the idea that Sharjah, in its rebirth and overall development, flies with strong wings that represent authenticity and modernity, in a deep adherence to identity values. of the past and a confident aspiration that creates and anticipates the future.

Al Musallam stressed that this approach is embodied in the emirate’s interest in preserving heritage and authentic identity, while embracing the development of advanced scientific and research institutions and centers of innovation, technology , space and astronomy.

His Excellency emphasized that the heritage of nations and peoples, with its authenticity, vitality and presence, is the sure bridge for a smooth and successful passage to the future. Al Musallam went on to explain that the relationship between heritage and the future is a critical issue that reflects the attraction between the restoration of cultural heritage demands in the past and their connection as keys to dealing with individuals and communities. people facing current challenges and new data and knowledge.

Also, at the Arab Heritage House, the public had an appointment with the Arabic calligraphy workshop. Introduced daily by Emirati calligrapher Dr Ali Al Hammadi, attendees learned this beautiful art by learning about the basics of cursive calligraphy and the difference between it and other fonts such as trefoil and naskh. Participants were also introduced to the best tools used to practice calligraphy, types of ink and pens.

In this context, Al Hammadi explained how Arabic calligraphy is a timeless and well-established part of cultural heritage. He went on to describe how a single calligraphy expresses the culture and identity of the nation, and how many high political offices have been associated with it in the history of Arabs and Muslims. Al Hammadi called for the importance of reintroducing learning calligraphy into school curricula, especially in light of how modern technology, such as smart phones, has reduced the use of handwriting.

Activities in Al Dhaid

Sharjah Heritage Days activities will be launched in Al Dhaid town in Al Dhaid Fort, from March 13 to 19, at 5:00 p.m., which will include SIH’s Corner and Workshops Corner, which consists of 11 workshops heritage for children and adults. In addition, the Cultural Café and the Academic Administration Corner will offer lectures such as an introduction to professional degrees and the management academy.


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