One of the UAE’s strongest advocates of the Arabic children’s book industry, Kalimat Group, the Sharjah-based publisher of Arabic books, did not miss the opportunity to bring books and young readers together once again at the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival 2017.
With a beautiful book stand and a reading space for children at the film festival’s activity area, the publisher hosted a series of fun activities with books at its centre. Among these was a reading session by author, Sahar Naja Mahfouz, who read out her own Kalimat publication, Ummi Shantat Safar (My Mom, a Travelling Bag).
The fifth anniversary celebrations of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2017) commenced last evening with a five-tier cinema-themed chocolate cake, a large turnout of young film enthusiasts, animation’s favourite characters, social media influencers, and Hollywood’s wonder boy, Jacob Tremblay.
Organised on the last day of the film festival, the colourful celebrations made a visual spectacle especially for the younger ones in attendance. Arranged in SICFF’s workshops and activity area, the proceedings of the evening began with cutting of the cake, and a few words by the festival organisers as the attendees enjoyed their share.
Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah (Sajaya), a subsidiary of the Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Leaders and Innovators (Rubu’ Qarn), performed its first ever operetta on Thursday. Titled ‘Dreams of Colours,’ the musical took place at the Sharjah Cultural Palace theatre.
Telling the story of a group of colours that unite to fulfil their dreams, the performance from Sajaya was organised in collaboration with Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Sharjah Children’s Centres and the Art for All Centre. The event was planned as part of Sharjah’s goal to support theatre movement in the UAE and to participate in realising UAE Vision 2021’s aspiration of creating a knowledge-based community that enjoys a strong position in the regional arts scene.