Youth theatre to showcase classical Arabic plays only.
The Arabic language and culture get a boost next month with the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre showcasing plays only in classical Arabic, in line with the vision of Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.
Held under the patronage of Shaikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the seventh edition of the festival will once again bring to the fore both the city's established and emerging theatric talent as well as talent from the other emirates.
Describing the significant strides made by the festival, Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General, Dubai Culture, said: "With each edition, the festival has evolved to meet the needs of one of the region's oldest art forms, ensuring that we continue to preserve our proud heritage."
Al Nabouda said after consultations with art experts, it had been decided that Dubai Culture will be showcasing plays only in classical Arabic, in line with the vision of Shaikh Mohammed to nurture the Arabic language.
There will be simultaneous translations of all the plays to reach a wider audience and acquaint them with the region's intricate art form.
The performances will be judged by a Selection and Supervision Committee comprising veterans from the industry and representatives of Dubai Culture.
They will be followed by critiquing sessions to educate audiences on the importance of understanding and genuinely appreciating theatre.
The festival will flag off on October 19 at the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association.
Dubai Culture, launched on March 8, 2008 by Shaikh Mohammed, plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015: establishing the city as a vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world.
The body's initiatives to strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai include the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards, the first of its kind initiative in the Arab world honouring individuals and organisations who have made financial or in kind contributions through sustained support to visual arts, performing arts, literature and film in the region.
Another major initiative is the Sikka Art Fair, an annual art fair aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE.
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