Sharjah: Passionate Young anime enthusiasts across Sharjah and the UAE were recently united at the Inauguration of SHASHAH 2022, a fun extravaganza celebrating the international pop culture phenomenon at Aljada, Sharjah.
Organized by FUNN, a Sharjah-based organization that promotes media arts learning among children and youth, SHASHAH 2022 which runs till the 13th of March, offers an exciting range of activities including interactive workshops, film screenings, panel discussions, music performances, competitions, and more.
Sharing her remarks about the debut of SHASHA 2022, Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN stated that the 3-day event celebrating the visually diverse art form takes forward FUNN’s vision to promote and help nurture young talents and develop their capabilities in all forms of media arts.
The Director of FUNN continued stating that, “This is FUNN’s first event focused exclusively on anime art, and we chose a name that embodies all aspects of this unique art form. SHASHAH thus explores the divergent art styles of anime with an array of artists and creators who will lead our children and youth into its deep and expressive world.”
“SHASHAH is a wonderful platform for all arts enthusiasts to expand their creativity and imagination through our wide range of educational workshops, films, music performances, and competitions that explore the rich and fantastic universe of anime,” Sheikha Jawaher observed.
Young children of various age groups experienced the joy of learning the Japanese art of Origami at a workshop led by Sahar Abdalla, a visual artist animator and art director, who introduced children to the unique art of ‘folding paper’.
Following the step-by-step instructions, children learnt to make a sailboat, an object of discovery and travel in all cultures, using a square, solid color origami paper with just five easy folds.
Crafting a whale without glue required more steps and included the addition of details like the flippers and a slit tail. The participants then decorated the paper whale with eyes and mouth. The marine theme continued with a more complex origami turtle session for young teens.
The Opening day of SHASHAH introduced children and youth to the art of ‘2D Anime Sketching’ where they explored the art of sketching anime portraits.
Meanwhile, in the ‘Creating Visual Novels’ session, participants learnt the techniques of adding visual appeal and interactivity to novels.
The ‘Coloring Manga & Anime’ session equipped young anime enthusiasts with the aesthetic skills of coloring manga characters while in the fun-filled ‘Introduction to the Chibi Style’ workshop, participants were guided on the basics of drawing adorable anime characters with large heads and small bodies.
Relaxing on comfortable green and purple bean bags in the serene surroundings of Aljada, families and children gathered to watch Kôbun Shizuno’s ‘The Journey’, produced by Manga Productions in Saudi Arabia. The movie, based on an epic tale drawn from the Arabian Peninsula and set 1,500 years ago, stole hearts on the opening day of SHASHAH.