ABU DHABI, 27th October, 2022 (WAM) — The Kalima Club at the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), organized a cultural retreat entitled “Arabic Calligraphy: International Specificities and Perspectives”, at the House of Wisdom in the Emirate of Sharjah, following last year’s retreat on the same subject.
The retreat aimed to discuss the notable role of Arabic calligraphy, its current position among world cultures, and ways to support it in light of rapid technological advancements.
Dr. Ali bin Tamim, President of ALC, attended the event, along with Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of ALC, and prominent pioneers of Arabic calligraphy who discussed ways to promote the art form, highlight the challenges it faces, describe its future prospects and underline the important role it plays in terms of communication with other cultures.
The retreat touched on several notable topics including Arabic calligraphy in different cultures around the world, as well as academic curricula, arts and language, in addition to future visions for this traditional art form.
“Since its launch, the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi has sought to play an important role in advancing the Arabic language and creating interest in its learning among native and non-native speakers,” Saeed said. Hamdan Al Tunaiji.
“The Center has worked to promote the language by implementing initiatives and projects that align with the UAE Government’s strategy to prioritize the Arabic language and strengthen its position among the languages of the world.”
“Arabic calligraphy has a distinctive visual character that has allowed the Arabic language to flourish, develop and interact with various cultures, languages and civilizations, demonstrating its plurality, diversity and flexibility, and consolidating its status language of literature, creativity, science, philosophy, art and beauty, and a platform for various artistic experiences,” added Al Tunaiji.
The retreat produced a set of recommendations that support the future vision for the advancement of the Arabic language, stressing the importance of organizing exhibitions to introduce Arabic visual culture and calling for the promotion of the teaching of calligraphy in school programs.
Participants highlighted the need to include Arabic calligraphy in tourist hotspots, to encourage both the government and the private sector to exhibit works of art that showcase Arabic art, and to support its creators. , and finally, to organize international prizes and competitions in this field.
The retreat participants also concluded that it was necessary to use social and conventional media sites to promote Arabic calligraphy and its masters, in addition to collaborating with the cultural attaches of the UAE embassies to introduce this form. of art. Participants called for archiving written heritage in digital format, scrutinizing written texts in public spaces before displaying them, and encouraging the publication of books specializing in this art form.