The 20th edition of the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival (Siaf) kicks off this year from December 11 to January 23. The annual event aims to revive the beauty of Islamic arts and open a window for the world to see the Islamic designs in a modern way.
The festival is organized by he Sharjah Department of Culture and Information (SDCI), under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
This year’s theme focuses on “Athar” (Impact), a concept that was chosen to unify artists’ aspects of Islamic designs.
The concept helps reveal the effect that the artists intend to achieve through their work. It will also show how to harness contemporary art to shorten the distance between the east and west. The impact of the festival is, in a way, a form of knowledge through which we recognise the ‘moment’ of the experience. This knowledge is a link between different times and cultures.”Mohammed Al Qaseer, director of the department of cultural affairs at the SDCI told Khaleej Times.
The festival witnesses the participation of several artists. It will host a variety of exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
It also hosts 44 exhibition, which some of them to be held around the world.
The festival started 20 years ago, aiming to feature Islamic designs in a contemporary form.