Posted on March 28, 2018

Under the guidance of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) celebrated World Poetry Day by hosting a classical Arabic poetry evening at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). The event payed homage to the language of the Quran, highlighting MIA’s commitment to safeguarding Islamic culture and reaffirming its position as an iconic cultural center in the region.

For centuries, poetry has been an integral part of Arabic and Islamic culture, building bridges between people and emphasising their common human values and identities. The event, which was open to the public, included poetry readings by some of Qatar’s top local poets. This included Mohammed Khalifa Al-Attiyah, Abdelhamid Hashem Youssef, Ali Mirza Mahmoud, Khaled Ahmed Obaidan and Mohammed Ibrahim Al Sada. Commenting on the occasion, MIA Deputy Director Learning & Outreach & Operations, Salem Abdulla Al Aswad stated: “Arabic poetry is one of the earliest forms of Arabic literature and has always been used as a creative outlet for artists to express their opinions and make their voices heard. We are pleased to support a new generation of Qatari poets and nurture an environment where classical Arabic poetry can continue to thrive and touch new audiences.”

The UNESCO declared the 21st of March as World Poetry Day and has been celebrating it since 1999. The event is meant to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals and to promote the teaching of poetry. The workshop is the latest example in a long line of training sessions, talks and other activities organized by MIA and QM to engage and enthuse all those who live in and visit Qatar to engage with art and culture in exciting and unexpected ways. It is yet further evidence of QM’s steadfast commitment to supporting a wide range of opportunities, and to empowering local talent in taking full advantage of the support available across QM’s world-leading museums.

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