July 10, 2023

Saudi official stresses the importance of concerted efforts to make Arabic poetry its rightful place

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Mr. Khalid Al-Samti, Director General of the General Department of the Literature Sector at the Saudi Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission, stressed the importance of concerted and united Arab efforts and the continuation of sustainable cultural work so that Arabic poetry occupies its rightful place among the world’s literature and arts.

 

The Director General of the General Administration of the Literature Sector at the Saudi Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission stressed 

the need to achieve the optimal investment of Arabic poetry, to be effective in cultural tourism and This is done by communicating it to the international community and attracting them to it and linking members of the local community with it and reviving the links between them and him, and highlighting it, publishing and promoting it in creative and innovative templates, as it is a catalyst for the tourist movement and poetry has its magic in tourist attractions. Due to its literary value, multiple purposes and exquisite language, and containing a panoramic perception of civilizational and cultural periods. He pointed out that the Saudi Ministry of Culture has concluded a number of agreements in order to put Arabic poetry in its prestigious position, which is considered a merit.

Al-Samati said that this year’s dedication to Arabic poetry came with the aim of reviving the ancient history of Arabic poetry, enhancing its presence in human civilization, laying the foundations for its future richness, and replacing it with its deserved place among the world’s literature and arts.

He explained that the mechanisms to achieve these goals are to celebrate Arabic poetry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through a package of events, activities and initiatives organized throughout the year, in addition to involving members of the local community and stakeholders.

He added that these initiatives work to highlight the richness, culture and civilization rooted in the history of the Arabian Peninsula, as it is a container for thought, knowledge and human experiences, expressing his aspiration that this will contribute to instilling vitality into the history, present and future of Arabic poetry. And to consolidate its vast richness to place it in its rightful place among the world’s literature and arts.

He pointed out that the Year of Arabic Poetry initiative takes it upon itself to support the Arab poetic situation, and to honor its former and contemporary creators. Among these initiatives is the Arabic Poetry Research Grant, which has allowed researchers to study several fields such as “Eloquent Poetry between Dialects”, “Poetry and Digitization” and “Poetry in the Presence of the World”.

Al-Samati explained that the initiative of the Year of Arabic Poetry includes hosting senior poets, conducting poetry tours inside the cities of the Kingdom, in addition to organizing poetry convoys outside the Kingdom on the Arab and international levels.

In addition to cooperating with specialized bodies such as the Academy of Arabic Poetry at Taif University, and holding poetry evenings in events such as book fairs in the Kingdom, which hosted a number of prominent and emerging poets. With opportunities for them to appear through the Literary Partner initiative, which dialogues with them through cultural evenings and seminars in cafes and public places, as well as allocating pavilions for Arabic poetry in cultural, sports and economic activities and introducing the pendants, their poets and their eternal verses. And promote Arabic poetry during participation in international forums such as the Doha International Book Fair, the Beijing International Book Fair, and others.

 

He also pointed out that the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission has been given an opportunity to translate masterpieces of Arabic literature into other languages, through the “Tarjem” initiative, which provides grants for the translation of poetry collections.

The Director General of the General Department of the Literature Sector in this Authority added: “The Ministry of Culture pays great attention to Arabic poetry, through the many initiatives that support literary publishing, especially poetry, and the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission is exerting its efforts to stimulate and increase the movement of poetic publishing, including the transfer of collections to other languages, civilizations and different environments.”

He added that the Arabian Peninsula is the cradle of Arabic poetry, and the site of its inception and upbringing and the starting point of its manifestations and creations, and from here the close civilized relationship with poetry has arisen and was born on this land and contacted and rooted in it, and poetry dealt with the island’s sites, events and topography, such as the eyes of the air, the stones, the fall of the brigade and other places Hence, it is necessary to achieve the optimal investment of Arabic poetry, to be effective in cultural tourism.

Al-Samati said that the Year of Arabic Poetry initiative is also interested in Nabati poetry as an extension of eloquent poetry, so that some consider it eloquent in itself, as the local dialects emanate from the eloquent language. It varies from one location to another by the nature of the place, historical circumstance and cultural composition, and is characterized by linguistic, cultural and social richness, so the Arabic Poetry Research Grant has allocated the field of “poetry between eloquence and dialects” as one of the sources of cultural heritage.

Saudi Arabia has called the current year (2023) the Year of Arabic Poetry, to celebrate the civilized role and pivotal value of poetry in Arab culture. Last February, the Saudi Council of Ministers approved naming 2023 the “Year of Arabic Poetry” to deepen pride in heritage and creativity and to consolidate the role of the Arabian Peninsula as a homeland for Arab culture and civilizational achievement.

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