Abu Dhabi: Under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) has announced the cultural program for its Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab initiative at the 32nd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. The event will take place from May 22 to 28, 2023, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Titled ‘Poems Do Not Die,’ this year’s program pays tribute to the esteemed Emirati poet Mr. Habib Al Sayegh. It features the launch of 14 literary publications, engaging panel discussions, an educational workshop, and exclusive book signings. Over 30 prominent writers and intellectuals from the UAE and the Arab world will participate in the event.
Ms. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, stated that, “We are pleased to partner with leading publishing houses Nabati, Al Dhabi and the Emirates Writers Union to present the talent and achievements of Emirati and Arab writers at the 32nd edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Now in its eighth year, our Riwaq al Adab Wal Kitab initiative nurtures creativity through its support of local writers and poets, advancing AMDAF’s commitment to cultivating the literary landscape of the UAE and preserving the Arabic language and cultural identity. In addition to launching 14 new publications by rising and established writers, the return of our enlightening cultural programme celebrating this year the life of the late renowned Emirati poet Habib Al Sayegh reflects our mission to engage the community in thoughtful dialogue by providing a platform for knowledge exchange and critical thinking”.
The program offers a diverse range of activities celebrating the legacy of Mr. Habib Al Sayegh and showcasing the richness of Arabic literature. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with renowned authors, explore critical readings, and immerse themselves in the world of poetry through discussions and workshops. Supported by publishing houses Nabati, Al Dhabi, and Emirates Writers Union, the program promises an enlightening and enriching experience for all participants.
ADMAF’s Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab initiative at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair provides a unique platform for literary enthusiasts, scholars, and artists to come together and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the UAE and the Arab world.