The emirate of Sharjah is set to engage with tens of thousands of young and old book lovers from France and all over the world، at the 38th edition of the Paris International Book Fair، taking place from 16th-19th March، WAM reported.
Sharjah will be celebrating its selection as the Special Guest City of the fair this year. The emirate، under the supervision of the Sharjah Book Authority، SBA، and in cooperation with cultural institutions and heritage entities، will organise a series of sessions، seminars، performances and folklore events that communicate an authentic and meaningful understanding of the rich cultures and heritage of the UAE and the Arab region.
The UAE delegation to the fair will comprise over 150 Arab and Emirati authors، intellectuals، journalists and media personnel.
Cultural entities at the Sharjah pavilion include the Emirates Writers’ Union، Emirates Publishers’ Association، National Media Council، Sharjah’s Department of Culture، Sharjah Institute for Heritage، Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies، Sharjah Media Corporation، UAE Board on Books for Young People، Sharjah Libraries، Knowledge Without Borders، the 1001 Titles initiative، Al Qasimi Publications، Kalimat Group، and Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature.
The Paris Book Fair 2018 is expected to draw more than 150،000 visitors، bringing together over 3،000 authors، intellectuals and academics from around the world، as well as 30،000 professionals from the publishing industry.
Ahmed Al Ameri، Chairman of the SBA، said، "The Paris Book Fair is considered one of the most important literary events that Sharjah takes part in. Our participation is in line with the directives and guidance of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi، Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah، to strengthen the presence of the UAE and greater region in forums that promote a more transparent understanding of other cultures and enable educational communication with them."
Sharjah’s cultural and intellectual programme on the first day of the fair features a concerto titled "Zayed’s Dream" that will be performed by Emirati oud player Faisal Al Sari. It will also feature a symposium titled "Zayed: The Benevolent" that will feature Emirati writer Mohammed Ahmed Al- Murr، Member of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library، and Jack Lang، President of the Arab World Institute and former French Minister of Culture، and will be moderated by Dr. Ali bin Tamim، Director-General of Abu Dhabi Media.
The first day of the fair will include poetry readings under the title "Nectar of Words" by Emirati poet Habib Al Sayegh، Chairman of the Emirates Writers’ Union and Secretary-General of the Arab Writers’ Union، as well as poet Kholoud Al Mualla، and will be moderated by poet Ali Al Shaali.
A panel discussion titled "The significance of partnerships with local publishers and their role in approaching a wider audience as well as promoting business opportunities" will see the participation of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi، Founder and CEO of Kalimat Group، and Edwige Basque from Gallimard Publishing، and will be moderated by Olivia Snigi.
Other events will also include a seminar titled "French Books in the Gulf Region" presented by Renata Sader، and a symposium "Writing for Children in the Arab World" by Dubai Belhoul and Fatima Sharafuddin.
The programme will continue with two seminars، the first is titled "The Eternal Impact،" comprising Dr. Hamad bin Sarrai، Dr. Saeed Hamdan، Dr. Wajeeh Fanous and Frederick Siriaz، and moderated by Iman Ben Chaibah، Founder and Director of Sail Publishing. The second seminar is titled "The Role of the Publishing Society،" conducted by Rashid Al Kous، Executive Director of the Emirates Publishers’ Association، and Iman Ben Chaibah.
On the second day، the programme will begin with a concerto titled "Music for the Soul" by musician Faisal Al Sarai. Four Emirati poets Dr. Mansour Al Shamsi، Samir Darwish، Hussein Darwish، and Maram Al Masri will present their works at a poetry reading titled "Brilliance of Letters،" which will be moderated by Yousuf Abu Loz.
A seminar titled "Informative Follow Ups" will bring together leading Emirati and French media personnel، who will address the role of contemporary media in stimulating people and changing public opinion.
Visitors will also be treated to a seminar titled "The Story and Beyond" by Ibrahim Mubarak، Nasser Al Dhahiri and Mohsen Suleiman، and moderated by Lulwa Al Mansouri، followed by another symposium titled "Think Visually" by Luwick Ghom and Waleed Taher، and moderated by Aliyaa Al Shamsi.
Day two’s proceedings will also see a workshop "The Sky of Abstraction،" conducted by Abdul Rahim Salem.
The second day will conclude with two events; the first is a poetry reading by poets Salem bin Jomhour، Al Hanouf Mohammed، Dhain Shaheen and Francis Combe، moderated by Talal Salem، while the second is a cultural seminar titled "Cultural Initiatives from Sharjah،" featuring Noura bin Hadiya، Majd Al Shehhi and Aisha Al Naqbi.
On the third day، visitors to Sharjah’s pavilion will be treated to a music concert performed by Faisal Al Sari Musician titled "Music of the Soul،" while Alia Al Shamsi and Geraldine Alebeo، will speak at a panel titled "Silent Books،" addressing the efforts of the UAE Board on Books for Young People and the French Board on Books for Young People.
A seminar titled "The Novel Today" will feature Ali Abu Al Rish، Sultan Al Omaimi and Hareb Al Dhaheri، Mark Wiltz and will be moderated by Mohsen Sulaiman، while Mohammed Bin Dakhin and Aisha Sultan will speak at a symposium titled "The Main Features of the Publishing Industry in the UAE."
The third day will include a poetry reading titled "Spectrum of Fantasy" by Dr. Shihab Ghanem، Saeed Siqllawi، Saliha Ghabish and Jean-Luc Dubax، and moderated by Shaikha Al Mutairi.
Poets Ibrahim Bu Hindi، Shaikha Al Mutairi، Yousef Abu Louz and Victor Blun will recite poems during an evening titled "Marvel of Meanings،" which is moderated by Al Hanouf Mohammed.
The fourth and final day will begin with a seminar titled "A Famous Book" with Dr. Saeed Al Badi، Ali Al Humairi، Eman Yousuf and Khaled Omar bin Qaqah، and will be moderated by Asmaa Al Zarouni، followed by a poetry evening titled "Poetic Outlooks" by Ali Al Shaali، Talal Salem and Dr. Aysha Al Busmait and moderated by Al Hunoof Mohammed.
Faisal Al Sarai will perform his music، followed by a workshop titled "The Eloquence of Colours" by artist Salem Al Junaibi. A seminar titled "A Variant Theatre" will see the participation of Dr. Habib Gholoum، Saleh Karama and Dr Abdulilah Abdul Qader and will be moderated by Mohsen Sulaiman.
Fatima Sharafeddine will sign off the French edition of her book "Adel's Coloured Birds" after a seminar titled "Women and Literature" involving authors Asmaa Al Zarouni، Basema Younis and Lulwa Al Mansouri، and moderated by Shaikha Al Mutairi.
In celebration of its selection as a Special Guest City at the Paris Book Fair، Sharjah will be organising performances by traditional Emirati bands in the mornings and evenings from 13th to 17th March، in front of Montmartre Cathedral، at the Champ-de-Mars Park behind the Eiffel Tower، at the Opera House، and at the Arab World Institute’s yard.