Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) returns with a comprehensive version of its summer camp from 1 – 28 August 2021 under the theme 'Our Summer is Culture & Creativity' to inspire the imaginations of children and adults during the summer vacation through its creative camps across Dubai Public Libraries branches. The camp will take place in virtual and physical formats and will present the youth with a rich package of innovative activities that will put them on an exploratory journey in the fields of arts, literature, heritage, technology and entertainment.
Over the course of four weeks, the Public Libraries Department at Dubai Culture has prepared an entertaining and cultural atmosphere to enhance the knowledge of young people aged 3 – 18 and enhance their creative skills through a variety of specialised and innovative workshops, in addition to inspiring sessions and workshops distributed across Dubai Public Library branches in Al Rashidiya, Al Mankhool, Al Safa, Hor Al Anz, Umm Suqeim, Al Twar, and Hatta.
Dubai Culture has allocated a theme for each of the four weeks, where the first week from 1 – 7 August revolves around the arts, providing participants with various artistic workshops focusing on developing their artistic and creative skills. Participants will learn how to draw using different techniques as well as how to make dolls and expressive faces, in addition to exploring innovative art forms and coloured clay using recyclable materials available at home. They will also explore origami, design, planting seeds and several other meaningful and fun activities under the supervision of specialised cadres from the libraries.
The second week from August 8 – 14 revolves around literature and is filled with rich reading activities that will develop the art of storytelling accompanied by workshops. In addition, participants will learn the arts of Arabic calligraphy as well as how to make a digital story, enjoying silent film shows, creative writing, and other literature-related activities. The third week from 15 – 21 August revolves around the theme of 'Heritage and Museums,' which will take participants on a journey rich in Emirati heritage through popular games, traditional dishes, puzzles, heritage and cultural sites as well as interesting competitions, a virtual tour of Hatta, and knowledge of the different cultures around the world.
'Our Summer is Culture & Creativity' will conclude with 'Various Programmes and Events' from August 22 – 28, which will provide participants with an educational experience full of suspense, including in the fields of technology, designing digital games and space science, puppet theatre, film-making, preparing healthy dishes, drawing with threads, and other targeted activities.
Eiman Al Hammadi, Acting Manager of Libraries Affairs Section at Dubai Culture, commented: “The summer activities we offer in 'Our Summer is Culture & Creativity' represent an integral part of our strategy to support talent and inspire younger generations to innovate and be creative. In this year's summer camp, we are keen to provide a unique experience for all family members as well as to help make their vacation enjoyable and useful at the same time. Based on our responsibility to advance the culture and knowledge of future generations across various fields, we offer through these camps a variety of recreational, educational and creative programmes that would also help us discover talents and work to refine and develop them, raising a generation closely related to the authentic Emirati heritage, aware of the importance of preserving its environment, creative and innovative, and, thus, qualified with the tools for future leadership.”
Dubai Culture plays an important role in supporting the vision of the UAE government, which seeks to develop a knowledge-based society, and is committed to strengthening the cultural and creative environment in the emirate and consolidating its position on the global cultural scene as well as integrating cultural content in innovative ways into the educational curricula in the UAE, which contributes to building young generations that are proud of their national heritage and their culture.
Source: Cicero and Bernay