DUBAI, -- Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the emirate's dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, today kicked off the ninth edition of the Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition and opened its doors to the public. The exhibition will continue until 30th April in Wafi Mall, Dubai.

"The exhibition is a flagship initiative under the Dubai Art Season umbrella and will also serve as a conclusion to the season, presenting works from over 50 international calligraphy artists. Dedicated sections for classic, modern and illuminated calligraphy works will be complemented by the collection of Mohammed Al Murr to offer visitors an evocative blend that celebrates the myriad facets of Arabic calligraphy," stated Latifa bin Demaithan, Chief of Happiness and Positivity and Office Manager of the Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture and Vice Head of Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition Committee.

Alongside the exhibition, Dubai Culture will offer 24 workshops and lectures for all ages, where visitors can learn first-hand about both classic and modern calligraphy techniques, including workshops provided by studio Abjad Design on 'Arabic Lettering for Fiction' in collaboration with Christian Sarkis, 'Written Words with Different combinations' by Mohammed Jawad Zadah, a workshop on the experience of writing the Holy Quran in a novel form by Mohammed Safar Bati, and 'The Development of Nastaliq in the Ottoman Era' with Professor Mustafa Ugur Darman.

Tarek Atrissi will also host a workshop on 'Monumental Arabic Typography: Lettering in the Public Space', while Muhammed Yaman Karmala Rabbi will explore 'Yassir in Thulth and Jali', and Dr. Nadine Chahine will deal with 'The relationship of Arabic Calligraphy and Type Design'.

As one of the main highlights of this year's exhibition programme, a panel discussion hosting Mohammed Al Murr and the reputed calligrapher Mohammed Ozcay will be conducted to shed light on the beauty of this art, in addition to another panel discussion focussing on the application of calligraphy in public spaces.

This year, a dedicated section has been created for creativity and children at the exhibition, which includes a reading corner with bilingual books for children and adults, and an area for children which includes workshops such as 'Islamic Tiles', 'Poetic Geometry', 'Layers of Meaning', 'Words In Imagery', 'Pattern and Perspective', and 'Positive and Negative Designs'.

Source: Emirates News Agency