SHARJAH – After having linked greater than 80,000 studying fanatics of all ages with authors and publishers from 15 nations in a sequence of each reside and digital interactions, and in strict adherence to the UAE’s precautionary measures in opposition to COVID-19, curtains got here down on the 12th version of the Sharjah Youngsters’s Studying Competition on Saturday at Expo Centre Sharjah.
Held underneath the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, spouse of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Household Affairs (SCFA), the 11-day cultural extravaganza cemented its standing as a grand celebration of the emirate’s steadfast dedication to selling information and studying amongst the younger generations.
Organised by Sharjah Guide Authority (SBA) underneath the theme, ‘For Your Imagination’, the 2021 version of SCRF marked a brand new chapter in its 12-year historical past by increasing its attain to cities on the jap coast of Sharjah and throughout the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah, as a bigger multicultural viewers gained entry to its choice of healthful literary programmes and thrilling workshops.
At SCRF 2021, which ran from Might 19-29, younger readers skilled a variety of literature and gained new views with the participation of 32 Arab and worldwide authors and 172 publishers from 15 nations. As well as, a number of instructional artists and cultural consultants led over 500 actions together with 385 workshops for youngsters and adolescents.
Success of 12th SCRF mirrored within the joyful faces of 1000’s of youngsters
HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, mentioned: “SCRF 2021 brought children together in a safe place to explore new worlds, play, learn, interact with their peers and their favourite authors, and develop their talents. This festival is one of Sharjah’s key cultural events organised through the collaborative efforts of numerous entities and individuals dedicated to children’s development, and embodies the vision of His Highness The Ruler of Sharjah, and the directives of his wife, Her Highness Jawaher Al Qasimi to invest in young generations and unlock their talents and hone their capabilities so they are able to grow in tandem with UAE’s social and community development.”
For her half, Khoula Al Mujaini, Basic Coordinator of SCRF, mentioned: “The success of the 12th edition of SCRF was reflected in the happy and excited faces of the thousands of children who poured in to explore, engage and learn. In essence, this is the mission of SCRF. From technology and robotics, to art, cookery and writing workshops, in addition to theatrical shows, each of the 537 activities we presented to them ensured they learned new things and became more aware of our local and global cultures.”
“SCRF’s expansion into the other emirates along with the eastern region of Sharjah was another big achievement, and we navigated the challenges of COVID-19 to keep the festival’s visitors safe with the best virtual technologies and strict precautionary measures. We look forward to crossing more milestones with the forthcoming editions of SCRF, as we continue to strengthen our commitment to nurture young generations,” she added.
Inspiring conversations; a celebration of tales
From conferences with the authors to stimulating discussions and debates touching upon a number of genres of literature, and a wide range of workshops encompassing comics, arts, science, and the craft of writing, the 2021 version of SCRF addressed a wide range of themes to nurture the creativeness and encourage creativity amongst youngsters and youth of all ages.
Authors from the UAE and throughout the GCC have been joined by main literary luminaries from the US, Ivory Coast, Japan, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and the UK, in cultural discussions that explored themes of folklore, non-fiction, digital artwork, world cultures, happiness, nature and atmosphere, amongst others, and highlighted ways in which studying can encourage youngsters to mirror, suppose, and cause.
SCRF 2021 additionally set the stage for a sequence of theatrical reveals, together with SBA’s first manufacturing titled, Guide of Goals.
Increasing cultural outreach
To the delight of ebook lovers and studying fanatics in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah, and within the cities of Dibba Al Hisn and Kalba on Sharjah’s east coast, a choice of SCRF 2021’s cultural and literary actions have been introduced to pick venues throughout these locations to facilitate higher entry to the world of books and information.
Aside from spirited and full of life open discussions on a broad vary of matters and private interactions with authors and artists, younger residents in these cities additionally took half in a sequence of workshops starting from Augmented Actuality and Scribble Bots to ebook character growth.
Exploring the colourful panorama of the visible medium
Artists and illustrators from 50 nations exhibited 395 works on the Sharjah Youngsters’s Guide Illustration Exhibition, which ran on the sidelines of SCRF, reinforcing the integral position of the visible narrative in storytelling and in enhancing a baby’s sense of marvel. A particular version of the exhibition comprising 58 artworks travelled to Dubai’s prestigious Alserkal Avenue to host a particular showcase for lovers of artwork and literature in Dubai.
110 specialised workshops exploring the thrilling medium of comics and graphic novels have been delivered in an in-person format for followers of comedian books, anime fanatics, in addition to budding artists and illustrators, on the specifically devoted Comics Nook.
The Competition is supported by a number of sponsors and companions together with Etisalat (official sponsor), Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (official media companion), and Expo Centre Sharjah (strategic companion).
Sharjah Youngsters’s Studying Competition is likely one of the most vital cultural occasions devoted to youngsters and younger individuals within the UAE and the area. Internet hosting main little one organizations and facilities, it turned an built-in occasion that evokes not solely youngsters however extends the enjoyment of studying to all guests within the fields of science and literature.