SHARJAH — As the Market Focus at the 49th London Book Fair (LBF), Sharjah offers visitors as well as devotees of the English European cultural movement the opportunity to explore the aesthetics and techniques of Arabic calligraphy up close.
The Sharjah Pavilion at LBF 2022 hosts a group exhibition by a team of renowned Emirati and Arab calligraphic artists. The exhibit includes Islamic calligraphy, proverbs and Arabic poetry murals written in Naskh, Diwani, Thuluth and Kufi scripts.
A dedicated platform has been set aside for Emirati calligrapher Khalid Al Jallaf to perform live calligraphy demonstrations that will help visitors learn about the history of Arabic calligraphy, its different schools, styles and materials.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to have their name engraved in Arabic calligraphy, bringing them closer to Arabic culture and literature.
This initiative reflects Sharjah’s vision to merge the past and present of Emirati and Arab arts and literature, and to highlight the priceless values of local and Arab culture.
The emirate is honored as a “Market Focus” at LBF, becoming the first representative of an Arab country to receive this honor. The 2022 edition of LBF takes place from April 5 to 7 at Olympia London (Olympia Exhibition Centre). — W.A.M.