The Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi continues its preparations for the implementation of its action plan that covers the whole year of 2014.
Adviser for Culture and Heritage in the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi, HE Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei said that the Committee had developed an “ambitious action plan” for the year 2014, according to the timetables set for this purpose.
“This plan aspires to achieve the Committee’s objectives and comply with its vision. We continue to work towards the sustainment of the national identity and Emirati heritage through the preservation of popular legacy and the encouragement of the local society to practise heritage and its various forms. Our mission consists in the promotion of the activities and practices of cultural heritage and associated customs, traditions and folklore, in order to sustain identity and strengthen human and social bonds,” he said.
Mazrouei noted that “the vision of the Committee embraces the reinforcement of the efforts aimed at creating a society that believes in common roots and collective future, and this according to the main principles: the national unity, the common roots, and the collective future. The main objective consists in contributing to the creation of a conscious society that is committed to the principles of identity, national unity, and the ensuing concepts.”
He revealed that “the Committee is working, this year, on the organisation of 10 major events, including competitions and heritage festivals, with prizes worth more than Dhs104 million. The Committee manages, organises and supervises the required logistical, promotional, and media affairs of these events to guarantee the achievement of objectives and mission. The Committee also collaborates with the various concerned parties, and works towards the encouragement of the local and regional societies to participate in these events and programmes, in a way that serves both the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.”
- The Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi is preparing for the launch of the 6th season of the Million’s Poet competition. The live broadcast of the programme from the Al Raha Beach Theatre will begin on the 12th of February, 2014 and run until the 21st of May. The Million’s Poet seeks to preserve and promote the heritage of the Nabati poetry in the Arab region. It also works towards the promotion and the consolidation of the position of this form of poetry at the forefront of Arab literature. The Million’s Poet stands for a unique platform to discover and reveal Emirati, Gulf and Arab talents that have not had the chance yet to appear in the media. The programme presents these talents appropriately from the cultural capital, Abu Dhabi.
The Million’s Poet offers the participating poets prizes and incentive rewards that are worth more than Dhs22 million, of which Dhs15 million go to the winners of the top five positions. The holder of the first position, winner of the Million’s Poet title, and Bayraq-bearer gets Dhs5 million. Dhs4 million go for the winner of the second position, Dhs3 million for third, Dhs2 million for fourth, and Dhs1 million for fifth. The Poetry Academy at the Committee also publishes poetry collections of winners and all participants.
- Once every two years and alternately with the Million’s Poet, the Committee organises the Prince of Poets competition and programme for classical Arabic poetry. The 6th season kicks off by the end of the year 2014. The programme aims at promoting eloquent classical poetry, raising its status, and that of its poets. The Prince of Poets also seeks to position classical poetry at the forefront of Arab literature, and discover new Arab talents. The idea of the programme comes in line with the identity of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, of which culture constitutes one of the key elements in the eyes of the world. The Prince of Poets has managed to market and promote the Arab poetry and creativity through a unique media vision that has grabbed the attention of the viewer, and attracted about 145 stars of Arab poetry so far.
In addition to the Burda, the gown which represents the Arab historical heritage and the ring which stands for the title of the Emirate, the cash value of the top prize received by the winner of the Prince of Poets title is Dhs1 million. The holder of the second position gets Dhs500,000, the third Dhs300,000, the fourth Dhs200,000 and the fifth Dhs100,000. There are also incentive rewards for participating poets, which pushes the total value of the prizes to Dhs3 million. The Organising Committee of the Competition sponsors the publishing of print and audio poetry collections.
- The Committee is currently intensifying its preparations for the launch of the 6th edition of Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, from the 17th to the 26th of April in the city of Mirfa in Al Gharbia (The Western Region). The Festival seeks to promote Al Gharbia as an ideal destination for visitors and tourists interested in marine and beach sports. It also highlights the many attractions in Al Gharbia, and increases the number of tourist activities with the aim of raising the occupancy rate of hotels, and promoting local products.
The Festival features several activities and diverse competitions, with prizes that reach up to Dhs4,380,000. Among these activities and competitions are: Kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, Al Bwanish sailing race, Tfares Dhow Race on Marwah Island, modern sailing boat race, traditional rowing boat race, kayak race, swimming, games for kids, beach football and volleyball, traditional market, shows, theatre competitions, parasailing, and cooking contest.
- Al Shara Cultural Programme is produced by the Committee and aired annually on Abu Dhabi TV during the holy month of Ramadan. The programme aims at preserving the popular heritage of the UAE, and the local dialect. It helps young people learn about old terminology and find out about the history of their country. Al Shara is a successful information programme …
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