Emirates News Agency – The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature launches a range of events at the Jameel Arts Center


DUBAI, January 24, 2019 (WAM) – The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which runs from January 29 to February 13, will present a series of literary events that have an aesthetic artistic character at the Jameel Arts Center in Al Jaddaf, Dubai, on January 29 and 30.

The program features a range of live performances, art tours, workshops, exhibitions and children’s activities with many free sessions.

These events come on the first weekends over a period of three weeks, as the major festival events will take place at the second weekend at InterContinental Dubai Festival City from 4 to 6 February, and the third weekend activities will be held at Alserkal Avenue from 12 to 13 February. .

The festival’s activities begin at the Jameel Arts Center with a program that includes a distinguished group of new and well-known authors, poets and designers in many sessions presented in Arabic or English, against the background of the Jameel Arts Center and Jadaf Waterfront Art Park.

The festival program includes a series of artistic talks hosted by Shomon Basar through the huge exhibition “Self Time”, which he co-curated and supervised, while the librarian and book collector David Hersh will present a distinguished discussion through the “Library Seminars” exhibition, which reviews a range of magazine publications, books and novels. Arabic comic and manga experiences dating back to 1956 to the present day.

The Jameel Arts Center organizes art tours in both Arabic and English that last throughout the weekend, and visitors can register via the Jameel Arts Center website.

2020 Poker-nominated novelist Avni Duchi will take a deep look at the implications of the extraordinary success of her first novel, Burned Sugar, at the Jameel Arts Center stage.

Among the names announced for her participation is the ingenious and pioneering artist Irma Boom, who has been described as the “Queen of Books” and Boom’s bold experimental approach to the creation of more than 300 books has led to her becoming the youngest recipient of the “Gutenberg Prize” and owning a selection of her books preserved in the collection. Standing for the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The children’s workshops include a fun-filled session for 6 to 8 year olds with Emirati writer and illustrator Maitha Al Khayyat and a workshop on art and awareness with Stephanie Robert and Jojo Chappelle.

There is also a workshop dedicated to combining poetic expression and art with poet Danabelle Guterres, in which she will explain how to compose a poem based on a piece of art exhibited in the Jameel Arts Center exhibition, and Danabelle will combine conversation and performance in an enriching evening session.

Artist and writer Thimaar Halawani talks about the story and fame of the silent books, and she will show the workshop participants how to develop their books and explain to them the multiple uses of illustration elements and techniques.

Whereas, writers who are having trouble starting or continuing to write their literary work will benefit from the novel writing workshop “Troubleshooting and Correcting Errors” with Annabel Kantaria in which she explains how to fix dead spots in the context of story architecture, tempo, plot and character building.

Social activist and fashion specialist Hafsa Lodi, author of “Modesty and the Fashion Dilemma”, is offering a workshop on how to create a digital business plan that makes the impact of ideas last.

In a dialogue between multidisciplinary designer and calligraphy artist Hussain Al-Azat, presenter of “The Beautiful Bookcase” and Kamil Karam from the “Ya Hala” studio archive, the two speakers trace the history of publishing children’s books and Arabic comics through a group of works by various artists, designers and writers, including the Emirati magazine Majid.

The Jameel Arts Center Library is displaying a selection from both archives from January 28 to 31, in conjunction with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Art lovers will also have the opportunity to join Hussain Al Azat in an interactive workshop on how to design Arabic book covers with final designs presented throughout the festival. At the Jameel Arts Center.


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