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Last night, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasim, Member of the Supreme Council and Regent of Ras Al Khaimah, witnessed the launch of activities for the 11th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Visual Arts Festival under the theme “Nature”. , with the participation of more than 120 artists from 35 countries around the world.
His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah said: “Art is a bridge of rapprochement and communication between peoples and nations, and a message that carries the highest values ​​of peace, coexistence and openness towards others to build civilized societies. . . . it has many cultural ingredients that can create an ancient human heritage.
His Highness added: “At Ras Al Khaimah, we are proud of our cultural and civilizational heritage and our position as a convergence point of different cultures and civilizations. Creativity that reflects our millennial history and cultural heritage rooted in history.
His Highness the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah praised the organization of the 11th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Visual Arts Festival, which is a cultural event and artistic platform that promotes cultural communication between artists and intellectuals from various artistic fields. and an opportunity for creators to showcase their outstanding works that reflect the cultural and artistic state of Ras Al Khaimah on a global scale.
The beginning of the festival was attended by Catherine Colonna, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, Ludi Ambrachts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Arab Emirates, Sean Murphy, Charge of Business of the Embassy of the U.S. United Arab Emirates and Megan Grigonis, Consul General of the United States of America in Dubai and Northern Emirates, Sybil Pfaff, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dubai and Northern Emirates, Nathalie Kennedy, Consul General of the Republic of France in Dubai and the Emirates of the North, Moon Byung-jun, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai and Syed Mohamed Razef Al Junaid, Consul General of the Republic of Singapore in Dubai and Emirates of the North, and Seon Sonata Topo, Ministerial Advisor. of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga in the country.

Motivation of the youth group.
The Ras Al Khaimah Festival of Visual Arts is inspired this year by the charm and beauty of the Arabian almond trees that grow every year in winter in Jebel Jais, from January to April. It also connects with a rich and diverse cultural heritage. With the magic of the emirate’s nature and its constant efforts to preserve the environment to create a sustainable future for future generations. The festival also aims to motivate young people and members of the local community to appreciate all forms of art and support efforts to establish the emirate as a regional and global destination for art and human creativity.

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Launching the activities of the prominent cultural festival, Rakhi Phillips, chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Agency, said: “The Red Island in Ras Al Khaimah, which dates back to the 17th century, is famous for. One of the most beautiful and attractive historic places in the emirate and we are delighted to have found it today. With art lovers who came from far and wide to watch and participate in this unique cultural event that carries the depth of talent, originality. Art and creativity, making Ilha Vermelha a tourist and cultural destination that brings together different peoples and vibrates with diversity and optimism.
In turn, Dr. Natasha Ridge, Founding Executive Director of Public Policy Research at the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasim Foundation, confirmed, “We are committed to developing creative and collaborative approaches to advancing social, cultural and economic development in Ras Al Khaimah. . and the United Arab Emirates. The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival enhances the emirate’s status as the centerpiece of the UAE’s arts and cultural scene, and away from the arts, the festival is an inspiring and engaging community event as it includes many notables. Activities for all tastes.
Dr. Natasha Ridge added, “We are delighted to welcome talented artists, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers and poets from around the world who will work on festival activities to interpret the slogan (nature) from their unique perspective. , which will give us more opportunities to explore creative artworks and make connections.” culture between participants and participants.

Cultural and creative experience.
Open to all, this year’s edition of the festival will involve guests from the public in diverse cultural and creative experiences and will feature a rich program that includes several art workshops, musical performances, films and much more. Plus every weekend until it runs out, as long as the show stays open through the end of March. Organizers expect more than 35,000 visitors from the UAE and around the world. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority presents the 11th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival in collaboration with partners such as: Stephen Rock Company, Ras Al Khaimah Ports, Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zones Authority (RAKEZ), Ras Al Khaimah Transportation. Authority and RAK Hospitality Holding Company Waldorf Astoria Hotel, VOX Cinemas, Accenture Song and Monviso.

Source: Al Ittihad

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