Algerian Heritage Week launched in Sharjah

SHARJAH, 16th January, 2019 (WAM) -- As part of the World Heritage Week programme, the activities for the Algerian Heritage Week were launched on 15th January, 2019, at the Cultural Heritage Centre "Al Bait Al Gharbi".

The World Heritage Week is organised by the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, under the theme ‘World Heritage in Sharjah’, and was inaugurated by Dr. Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, and Saleh Attieh, Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, in the presence of several representatives, diplomats, media, and heritage lovers of the guest country, where the activities will last another five days until 19th January.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, said, "The Algerian Heritage Week, will showcase the depths of history, and offer visitors exclusive insights on Algerian science, knowledge, civilisation and culture. The events will also display artistic and innovative heritage paintings, lectures, popular shows, events and activities that will serve as a great opportunity for all heritage lovers to learn more about the long-standing and diverse Algerian heritage."

Dr. Al Musallam said that the World Heritage Weeks programme is guided by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, within the framework of the activities of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage. The aim is to introduce the world's cultural heritage and its connections with Arab and international experiences in this field.

The Algerian programme included a tour of the "Al Bait Al Gharbi" Square, offering visitors a view of the ancient architecture, Islamic calligraphy and plastic art (visual art). The event will also showcase Algerian traditional dresses as - Tlemcen, pottery, copper, leather, Al-Sorouh (The walking cattle in the dairy environment), as well as traditional dishes, the West House’s theatre and poetry workshops, folkloric performances, fashion shows, folk poetry, theatre plays and a short dramatization of the Algerian Tlemcen wedding. The programme will also feature daily competitions, prizes for adults and children and various workshops by key members of the Algerian delegation.

The activities will include an intellectual programme which was held at the Sharjah Institute for Heritage on Wednesday and will recommence on Thursday, 17th January, 2019. Earlier, on Wednesday, there will be a lecture titled "Non-material Heritage is a national identity" in addition to a lecture focusing on "Algerian Folk Dances: A symbol of heritage of a real heritage" were presented. Similarly, Thursday will oversee a session on "The role of museums in preserving the heritage", while the heritage lovers in Dibba will showcase events and activities of Algerian heritage on Sunday, 20th January, 2019.

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