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Saudi Literature Commission Launches Gulf Poetry Forum in Taif

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Saudi Literature Commission Launches Gulf Poetry Forum in Taif
Several poets, critics, specialists, and enthusiasts from GCC countries participated in the event. (SPA)

The enchanting city of Taif, known for its rich cultural heritage and captivating landscapes, played host to a momentous literary event

By Dr. Ana S. Gad

The enchanting city of Taif, known for its rich cultural heritage and captivating landscapes, played host to a momentous literary event on Friday. The Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, in collaboration with the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, inaugurated the 13th edition of the Gulf Poetry Forum 2024. This event, marked by extensive participation from poets, critics, specialists, and enthusiasts from across the GCC countries, has once again highlighted the region’s vibrant literary scene.

Fostering Communication and Cultural Exchange

Mansour Al-Harthi, the director general of the Academy of Arabic Poetry, eloquently articulated the forum’s crucial role in fostering communication among the literary minds of the Gulf. By bringing together poets, authors, critics, thinkers, and intellectuals, the forum acts as a bridge, connecting diverse voices and ideas from the GCC countries.

Al-Harthi emphasized the significance of the forum in showcasing the Gulf’s unique cultural heritage to the world. “The forum contributes to human civilization with steady, confident progress and forward-looking visions,” he stated. This year’s activities are set to enrich the cultural landscape of not just the Gulf, but the broader Arab region, underscoring the forum’s far-reaching impact.

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Qatari poet Mohamed Alsada

A Celebration of Brotherhood and Intellectual Exchange

The Gulf Poetry Forum is more than just a literary event; it is a celebration of brotherhood and intellectual exchange. “The forum is an occasion to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, interchange ideas, and exchange experiences and visions,” Al-Harthi noted. This spirit of collaboration and mutual respect is nurtured by the unwavering support of the GCC’s ministers of culture.

Held in Saudi Arabia, a nation renowned for its support of intellectuals and authors, the forum serves as a testament to the country’s dedication to cultural advancement. “Today, we are gathered in Saudi Arabia, a nation that supports intellectuals, encourages and nurtures authors, and places great importance on culture,” Al-Harthi remarked. This commitment to fostering a vibrant cultural environment is evident in the enthusiasm and support the forum has received.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Gulf Poetry

As the Gulf Poetry Forum 2024 unfolds, it promises to be a beacon of inspiration and creativity for all participants. The event not only honors the rich literary traditions of the Gulf but also paves the way for future generations of poets and writers to contribute to the region’s cultural legacy.

In conclusion, the 13th edition of the Gulf Poetry Forum in Taif is a significant milestone in the GCC’s literary journey. It celebrates the enduring spirit of Gulf poetry, fosters meaningful connections among intellectuals, and reaffirms the region’s commitment to cultural enrichment. As the forum continues to thrive, it will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of the Gulf and beyond.

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Courtesy: Sands and City Magazine (Posted on July 8, 2024)

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