SHARJAH, 24th January, 2018 (WAM) — Sharjah Institute for Heritage, SIH, a specialised institution that preserves and promotes cultural heritage, has held a press conference on Wednesday to reveal details of the 11th Sharjah Traditional Crafts Forum, which will be held on 14th and 15th February, 2018.
This year’s Forum will focus on “Pottery-making in the Gulf – A tale of Pottery.” The theme represents an economic and social necessity for the UAE community, in particular, and the Gulf communities in general.
Pottery is an important part of Emirati heritage and remains a noble and withstanding profession, which is celebrated and preserved. A variety of events and heritage activities will take place at the Forum, including symposiums with the participation of Emirati and Gulf researchers.
A live display of hand-made crafts and pottery from different regions of the GCC will be held, along with a series of workshops targeting schoolchildren, which will be organised in collaboration with the Noon Caravan from the Social Services Department. Additionally, there will be a series of specialised workshops catering to people of determination.
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Musallam, Chairman of SIH, said, “The annual Forum is an ambience for the UAE and the entire Gulf region to exhibit and celebrate the ancient Arab heritage and traditions that continue to prosper and grow. SIH aims to document and embrace authentic Emirati folk crafts and industries, by preserving them for future generations.
“We welcome all to commemorate and enjoy the event and gain knowledge on the crafts of our heritage, offering financial and moral support to traditional crafts.”
A traditional pottery souk with Emirati and Gulf craftsmen will exhibit a live demonstration of pottery-making and the finished products will be available for purchase at the souk. The Bahraini ensemble, Ismail Dawas Folk Arts, will perform and present Haddadi art.
The Forum aims to contribute to the development of crafts and handicrafts, permanently supporting individuals and entities in the field of crafts and conveying their expertise and skill to future generations.