Ras Al Khaimah: The 2023 Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF) has begun with a wide variety of creative works from more than 40 nationalities under the theme of “Nature” and set against the impressive backdrop of the 17th century pearling village, Al Jazeera Al Hamra Heritage Village.
Sheikha Hana bint Juma Al Majid, wife of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has presented items from her personal collection for exhibition at the iconic cultural event to show her appreciation for the contribution of all the embassies participating at RAKFAF and for their efforts across the UAE, as well as for the participation of local and visiting artists.
“Art is more than paintings. Art brings people together by creating a common language, crossing borders without prejudice, and forging connections most respectfully. Art allows us to learn about the artist’s personality while offering a window into their culture and history. I don’t have a favourite piece of art, as each one brings back a treasured memory and evokes a particular nostalgia,” Sheikha Hana remarked.
The festival will further include local artists such as Emiratis Ms. Hend Rashed, Ms. Reem Al Shamsi and Bahraini artist Ms. Hanadi Al Ghanim. In addition, it will feature distinct exhibitions from five countries, including the United States, Korea, France, the Netherlands, and Croatia, as well as the artwork of seventeen school students.
Mr. Sean Murphy, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, commented on the festival, stating that “on behalf of the United States Mission to the UAE, I commend the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival for offering such an important platform for showcasing art, preserving heritage, and promoting cross-cultural understanding. The US Mission to the UAE is proud to partner with the Al Qasimi Foundation and American Voices to bring American artists to RAKFAF, who are joining many talented artists from the UAE and worldwide.”
Furthermore, the festival will host a variety of family-friendly cultural experiences and fun activities during dedicated weekends, including ones for pets, family and community, and culture. Parents can bring their children to exciting arts and crafts workshops that creatively apply the nature theme.