The Conclusion of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival
Adnan Akasha, Al Khaleej
March 08, 2013
(This story was translated from the Arabic version that appeared in Al Khaleej newspaper on March 9, 2013.)
The first event of the Fine Art Festival concluded on the 4th of March which was organized by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi for Policy Research, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Higher Council Member and the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.
Emirati artists, Arabs, and foreigners participated in the festival, which lasted 4 days. The events varied between art photography, cinema, visual arts, and music.The opening ceremony of the festival was held in the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah. The festival included two exhibitions of photography and art, with the participation of 11 photographers and 8 artists. It also offered The Emirates Films, which included 7 short films and documentaries by Emirati filmmakers at the Al-Manar Mall.
The young Emirati filmmakers who participated in the festival were Jamal Salem, Mohammed Ghanim Al Murri, Muhammad Fikri, Fatima Abdullah Naah, Aisha Al Hamadi, and Abdalrahman Madani, and Suqrat Bin Bishr.
The festival was attended by the Emirati artists Mansour Faily and Mariam Hussein, as well as the American filmmaker Cynthia Wade, who has won an Oscar and was the festival’s guest of honor.
The festival presented the American Director's film “Born Sweet,” which won 16 awards from festivals around the world, and Ms. Wade spoke after her film on her experience as a director.
Dr. Natasha Ridge, Executive Director of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, noted the importance of art and culture in the community, and expressed her hope that the festival would be the beginning of organizing a variety of art events in the emirate.
Mohammed Al Kait, consultant in Ameri Court in Ras Al Khaimah and the General Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums in the emirate, said during the opening ceremony: “The festival is one of the largest cultural art events, hosted by the emirate, and contributes to the development of cultural art.”