Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) announced that the ‘Cultural Faces’ exhibition, previously held at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (EAFOL) 2021, will become a permanent exhibition at Al Safa Art & Design Library to familiarise the public with a renowned group of UAE and global cultural leaders.
Through this exhibition, Dubai Culture seeks to enable society members, who did not have the opportunity to visit the exhibition during EAFOL last February, to embark on an innovative experience through which they would enrich their knowledge with Arab and global literature and poetry giants. They will also enjoy paintings that blend art and literature by well-known Syrian cartoonist Hassan Idlibi, who created visual drawings celebrating the faces of this prestigious group of thinkers and writers.
Dubai Culture said that this step comes as part of its efforts to make culture available everywhere and for everyone, as well as sectoral priorities of its strategic roadmap 2020-2025. It also reflects the important role that Al Safa Art & Design Library plays as an incubator for creativity and culture in the emirate. This initiative comes within the framework of Dubai Culture’s keenness to enhance the vital cultural scene in the emirate and achieve its vision of consolidating the emirate’s position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a thriving hub for talent.
Through the Cultural Faces exhibition, Dubai Culture celebrates a group of local, Arab and international cultural pioneers, including Arab literary giants, such as Emirati poet, writer and researcher Ahmed Rashid Thani; Emirati poet and writer Habib Yousuf Abdallah Al Sayegh; Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish; Egyptian author and novelist Naguib Mahfouz; Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani; poet and writer Ghazi Al Gosaibi; Saudi writer and critic Abdul Rahman Munif; a group of local and international contemporary writers and researchers, most prominent of which is Emirati writer and researcher Dr Rafia Ghubash; Emirati writer and storyteller Muhammad Ahmad Al-Murr; Bahraini poet Qassim Haddad; and Turkish writer and novelist Orhan Pamuk; among many others.