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Second consecutive attendance at the fair highlights the Foundation’s long-term commitment to literary expression, the documentation of art and culture and the power of books to strengthen culture and knowledge

ADIBF 2017 1st May 2017

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation celebrate literature, knowledge and culture at ADIBF 2017

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) returns to Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) for the second consecutive year, highlighting a long-term commitment to literature and publishing as a means to strengthen and spread culture, knowledge and self-expression.

During the Fair, ADMAF will demonstrate its investment in Emirati literature, presenting 18 books by 15 Emirati authors developed through Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab. Since its inception three years ago, the literary platform has nurtured the independent publishing sector via collaborations with ADMAF strategic partner Emirates Writers’ Union as well as publishing houses Warq Publishing House, Madarek Publishing House, Dar Nabati, Dar Hamaleel and HudHud Publishing.

The ADMAF stand will also showcase eight major bilingual art publications produced by the Foundation to document visual arts of the UAE and MENA region. The books tell the stories of national and regional cultural growth through some of its most influential artists, organisations and galleries, as well as detailing key works and exhibitions.

ADMAF’s publishing ventures are underscored by ongoing, year-round programmes dedicated to developing the voices of tomorrow. As part of Riwaq Al Adab Wal Kitab, ADMAF organises nationwide creative writing workshops where literary luminaries share their passion, knowledge and skills with emerging writers. Storytelling Tours celebrate the Arabic language and instil passion for literature across the nurseries and primary schools of the UAE. ADMAF’s Young Media Leaders programme trains Emiratis to develop their journalistic credentials, giving voice to the nation by ensuring the next generation of incisive commentators have honed linguistic and writing skills. 

ADMAF Grants and ADMAF Awards are ongoing programmes that recognise and support innovation and excellence, feeding the appetite for independent expression. Recent recipients demonstrate the vibrant diversity of literary creativity in the UAE, they include: winners of the ADMAF Comic Arts Award; spoken word artist Afra Atiq, winner of the 2017 ADMAF Creativity Award; Rooftop Rhythms who were supported with a grant to hold a series of Arabic poetry open-mike events in 2013/2014; and Emirati author Fadel Al Mheiri who received a grant for the Arabic translation of his acclaimed work ‘Kingdom of Peacocks’, which will also be available at the ADMAF stand.

H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) said: “Central to ADMAF’s work is investment in creative innovation and artistic excellence. Through the publications and literary development programmes of the Foundation, we nurture diverse voices that shape the future – from independent publishing houses and visual artists to writers and pioneering wordsmiths in media, cultural diplomacy, comic arts and poetry. Language and creativity have always been integral to Emirati culture and in this fast-paced digital age, the book remains an important medium of expression. ADMAF joins the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in celebrating the enduring power of books as a dynamic expression of identity and creativity.”

ADMAF also adds its voice to that of the 27th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in its recognition of the might of China – ADIBF 2017 Guest of Honour. The Foundation  have long held the nation in great esteem, having brought the culture of China to Abu Dhabi via main stage Abu Dhabi Festival performances from artists including 21 monks from The Shaolin Temple as part of ‘Sutra’ (2012), as well as the virtuoso pianists YUNDI (2013) and Lang Lang (2016) and China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra (2017) conducted by Yi Zhang, who graced the Festival stage with two unique concerts featuring Haochen Zhang and Siqing Lu as part of their Arab World debut. This year’s performance from Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble also highlighted the well-established routes of exchange which have long joined together and intermingled the histories and cultures of the Far and Middle East – linking China to the UAE in a profound cultural legacy of collaboration to which all artistic fields are indebted.

Visit the ADMAF Stand in Hall 11, Area D from Wednesday 26 April – Tuesday May 2, from 9am–10pm to meet the team, browse the library of ADMAF publications and learn more about how the Foundation can support independent cultural and literary endeavours.