This exhibition celebrates the Year of Arabic Poetry

This exhibition celebrates the Year of Arabic Poetry

Discover the history and charm of Arabic poetry at King Abdulaziz Public Library in Riyadh
15 November 23

Riyadh's King Abdulaziz Public Library has launched a new Arabic poetry exhibition.

Earlier this year, Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan revealed the designation of 2023 as the Year of Arabic Poetry. The goal of dedicating the year to emphasising, celebrating and re-introducing the significance of poetry in Arab culture across generations.

With this in mind there have been several exhibitions and showcases with a focus on this initiative, through sharing, celebrating and learning more about Arabic poetry and the history of the art.

The exhibition shares a collection of poetry and manuscripts, alongside rare Arabic books of poetry. Bringing the historic art of poetry into the modern world, visitors will be able to experience traditional forms of written Arabic poetry, translated poetry and even some modern iterations of Arabic poetry, with projections and engravings using VR technology.

Visitors can discover the history and value of Arabic poetry through five different stages: pre-Islamic, Islamic, Umayyad, Abbasid, the era of states and emirates, and of course, the modern era of Arabic poetry. For those interested with young children, there will also be a children's area with workshops.