Poets of all ages and all walks of life will participate in the festival, encompassing a diversity of generations and forms across the literary spectrum.
From Ancient Egypt all through medieval times under the rule of the Ottomans, poetry has been an integral part of Egyptian culture. Now the House of Poetry in Luxor is keeping the tradition alive, serving as an incubator for poets across the country. The cultural centre is preparing to launch the sixth edition of the annual Luxor Festival of Arab Poetry from November 15th to November 18th, with the participation of 40 poets from across 18 governorates in Egypt.
The programme will feature the signing of six poetry collections from the House of Poetry in Luxor, a session discussing the transformations of Arabic poetry, and a fine art exhibition entitled ‘Shadow Strings’ showcasing the work of 25 artists, professors and students from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Luxor. Artistic and folklore sessions will spice up the four day festival, along with tours of surrounding archaeological and architectural sites in anticipation of the opening of the new Rams Road.
The festival will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, in cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry of Culture, the governorate of Luxor, and the Egyptian Public Library.