RAK Fine Arts Festival features global talents
The 11th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF) has opened to the public at the Al Jazeera Al Hamra Heritage Village, the historic home of the ancient Al Za’ab tribe and pearling village dating back to the 17th century.
HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, opened this year’s festival, showcasing the talent of more than 120 local and international artists from over 35 countries under the theme of Nature. The theme is inspired by the region’s ‘Arabian Almond’ and celebrates the connection of the Emirate’s cultural heritage with its natural beauty and its efforts to preserve the environment for a sustainable future.
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi said: “The arts enhance opportunities for meaningful engagement and communication between communities and nations, instilled with noble values of peace, harmony, and tolerance that drive the development of progressive communities and promote a deep sense of culture and history.”
"We, in Ras Al Khaimah, are deeply proud of our culture and heritage, and of our privileged geographic position at the confluence of civilizations. We are committed to continuing our support of local artists, to celebrate their creative endeavours that reflect our rich history and culture,” added Sheikh Saud.
The Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah also praised the organizers of the 11th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival, the annual cultural event and prominent international platform for cross-cultural exchange between creatives and thought leaders from a range of sectors, which provides an opportunity for artists to display creative works that elevate the social, cultural and economic development of the Emirate.
Alongside H.H. Sheikh Saud, high-profile dignitaries from several countries attended the event to celebrate incredible talent from creatives around the world.
This year’s RAKFAF will engage the community through diverse cultural and creative experiences. From art to heritage talks, pet-oriented events, each weekend in February will feature thematic programs, including art workshops, musical performances, film screenings and much more. The exhibition will remain open until the end of March. The organizers expect over 35,000 visitors from the UAE and around the world to visit RAKFAF in the next two months. All events and exhibitions are free to attend.
Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), stated: “As one of our beloved historical sites in the Emirate, I am thrilled to see Al Jazeera Al Hamra transformed during the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival. What makes this festival so unique is the depth of talent, art and creativity that transforms this site and our destination into one that is based on diversity, inclusion and optimism.” – TradeArabia News Service