Arabic Language day will be celebrated with renewed depths this year as a new free Festival swings into action as Literature, music and artists with unique creative spirits will be celebrated.
Literature and music are often connected and influence one another; these connections will be explored and highlighted over the course of the three-event festival.
Opening on the 18th December at the Manarat Al Saadiyat auditorium performances of poetry and the Oud will be combined to explore the creative common ground. Musicians from the renowned music academy Bait Al Oud will perform alongside poets Hamed Alawi Al Hashmi and Ahmed Al Mannaee.
On the 21st December a band of musicians from the UAE, Lebanon and France will join the vibrant Jahida Wehbe performing music, poems and excerpts from significant works of literature. Renowned poets and writers from the Arab world such as Khalil Gibran, Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Omar Khayyam, Mahmoud Darwish and more will be celebrated through the performance. Other famous works by non-Arab writers have been translated into Arabic and will also be included.
Finally, the festival will be brought to a close on 23rd December at Umm Al Emarat Park's Children's Garden. The Gift a shadow puppet show will be performed. The story tells of the journey of the elephant, which was given as a gift to Emperor Charlemagne by the Abbasid Caliph Harun Al Rashid.
The festival will be open to the public from December 18 to 23 at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island and Umm Al Emarat Park