Dubai Culture Launches Annual ‘Our Summer is Art & Culture’ Programme

Dubai Public Library will host the programme and organise two camps from 14th July to 9th August across six branches

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 09 July 2018: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, heritage and literature, has announced the launch of its annual ‘Our Summer is Art & Culture’ programme, which is organised by Dubai Public Library and will run from 14th July to 9th August across six branches: Al Twar, Al Rashidiya, Hor Al Anz, Al Mankhool, Umm Suqeim and Hatta.

The programme is designed for children between the ages of 6 to 12 and includes specialised interactive workshops, various creative, innovation, art and scientific activities, and a number of reading and storytelling workshops. The activities aim to encourage children to adopt reading as a natural habit in their daily lives and develop their skills in scientific research, rhetoric and writing. Throughout the programme, children will also find fun and entertainment through regular cultural and interactive competitions. The activities will be presented in both Arabic and English.

Dr. Hissa bin Masoud, Director of Dubai Public Library at Dubai Culture, said: “Year on year, our summer programme attracts a large number of students and citizens, and contributes to achieving Dubai Public Library’s objective of positively building future generations. We look forward to improving students’ skills and helping to reveal their multiple talents via a series of rich intellectual activities. The activities also support the relationship students have with reading and allow them to make use of their annual vacation in a cultural atmosphere that is fun and informative, combining culture and science with arts, entertainment and play.”

Dr. Hissa added: “Such activities contribute to supporting the National Reading Strategy 2026, enhancing the knowledge and skills of the new generation, and furthering our mission to empower the cultural, heritage, arts and literature sectors to bring happiness to our community, This year’s edition is particularly special as it takes place during the ‘Year of Zayed 2018’ and supports the culture and knowledge strategic category of the initiative.”

This year’s programme will include two camps, the first of which will be held between 14th and 26th July from 10:00am to 1:30pm and 4:00 to 7:30. The second camp will be held during the same hours from 28th July to 9th August.

The activities will attract literary and artistic talents thanks to the availability of writing and creative workshops. This will help the participants to constantly develop their skills by taking advantage of the holiday and enjoying various activities to enliven their summer vacation routine.

The Dubai Public Library network includes eight libraries for adults and another seven for children. Some branches feature multi-purpose halls, classrooms and exhibition spaces, and all branches of the Dubai Public Library are connected via computer systems. This has established close links with other modern libraries, providing access to vast sources of information on a diversity of topics in both Arabic and English.

Interested participants can apply via dubaireads@dubaiculture.ae or 04-5155321

About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realization of the Dubai Plan 2021, to highlight Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embed the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people.

As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season – the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair, Middle East Film & Comic Con, SIKKA Art Fair – an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region, Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre – an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and that is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, and Dubai Next – a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.

The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia (www.creatopia.ae) – the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth.

Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in support of the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Libraries branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative which complements the UAE National Reading Strategy, with its activities open to all age groups, and which revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future.

The Authority also manages more than 17 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture will officially launch Etihad Museum and in December 2016. The museum will provide platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), the museums will play a catalyst role in preserving Emirati Heritage.

For more information on Dubai Culture, visit www.dubaiculture.gov.ae

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