Culture and Community

Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Authority, joined distinguished experts from the fields of art and culture to discuss how culture plays a crucial role in defining the past and the future of Arab cities.

Reflection, Sharjah's first annual art festival currently ongoing in Al Qasba, engaged poetry lovers in a poetry workshop conducted by Dubai Poetics yesterday (Monday). Titled ‘The Poetryhood Movement’, the workshop was part of a platform created by the entity for the empowerment of poetry and visual art.

The spirit and significance of Christmas in the heart of every Filipino, wherever they may be in the world, is like pulling rabbits from hats - it’s magic. It is the time of year where families and loved ones are cocooned together in the warmth of love, compassion, sharing, and joy that foster more intimate family bondings and gatherings. One of the most treasured traditions that the Filipinos are known for, is the time that they spend together with their families for a solemn and sumptuous banquet that happens the night before Christmas which is called Noche Buena.

The debut edition of Reflection, Sharjah’s first annual art festival running its course at the picturesque Al Qasba, featured an art workshop by Palestinian-Saudi artist, Dana Awartani, titled ‘Geometric Drawing’, which offered a unique experience that blended Islamic art and descriptive geometry, at the Maraya Art Centre.

As the cultural heart of Japan with more than 1,000 years of history as the imperial capital, Kyoto proudly and proactively protects and cherishes traditional arts and crafts that have blossomed in the city for generations, while acting as a creative hub for artisanal innovation for the future. From Nishijin brocade, Yuzen dying, Kyo-yaki ceramics, traditional doll making, metalwork, bamboo crafts and the creation of lanterns and fans, Kyoto City recognizes 74 artisanal disciplines as original traditional crafts of the city. Most of these crafts are handed down from generation to generation within families, however in recent times, changes in Japanese lifestyle has made it increasingly challenging to keep Kyoto’s unique traditional crafts alive.