Festival to celebrate Islamic art and culture

Regional and international groups to take part in inaugural Al Burda festival which will take place in Abu Dhabi on November 14

Abu Dhabi: Celebrating the best of Islamic art and culture, the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development on Tuesday announced the inaugural Al Burda Festival in Abu Dhabi, with the event set to feature regional and international speakers, calligraphers, poets, artists and musicians.


The festival — which takes place on November 14 — is part of a broader policy by the UAE towards promoting the Islamic cultural scene as well as shedding light on the history of Islamic culture and arts with an aim of preserving these traditions. Among the speakers announced for the event include Dr Zaki Nussaibah, UAE Minister of State, Inas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Culture, Egypt, and Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, director general of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiques.

Other groups taking part at the festival include the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture (Saudi Arabia), the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (Canada), the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Institut du Monde Arabic (France) among several others.

“We are proud to introduce a new platform for Islamic art and culture that focuses on cultural and intellectual exchange which will inspire members of the young generation to forge a deeper connection with Islamic traditions and their heritage,” said Noora Mohammad Al Kaabi, Minister of Cultural and Knowledge Development.

“Al Burda Festival celebrates Islamic art and culture to highlight its aesthetics and reinterpret its pillars in a contemporary context. The event seeks to cement the UAE’s position as a cultural hub and an incubator of creative arts,” she added.

Al Kaabi said the festival would feature panel discussions, art exhibitions and live shows with an aim of further developing Islamic culture.

“Al Burda Festival will bring together creative minds to shape the future of Islamic arts through a series of panel discussions, art exhibitions and live shows that initiate dialogue and forge connections among artists from around the world.

“The festival will enable talented and creative professionals with a keen interest in Islamic arts to exchange opinions and perspectives on the best ways of developing collaborative projects that honour the past, embody the present and shape the future.

Al Kaabi also spoke on the importance of involving the youth, explaining how they would help to evolve the Islamic cultural scene.

“The youth are an important element in understanding the beauty of Islamic culture and art. This will be the first edition of Al Burda Festival and hopefully with many more editions there will be more of an institution of how Islamic culture and art is something that is ancient yet also evolving and talks the language of the future.”

Al Burda Festival

Where: Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi

When: November 14

Time: 10am-5pm

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