Various activities in celebration of Cultural Diversity Day

19 May, 2021

The Qatari Authors Forum celebrates the International Day for Cultural Diversity, on May 21, through a number of cultural events that shows the goals of cultural diversity. The celebration of this global occasion comes this year within the activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021. It includes a number of activities, such as a symposium that will be held by the forum this evening, Wednesday, via visual communication, entitled “Writing and Authorship, Ambassadors of Culture to Promote Cultural Diversity”.

In that regard,  Maryam Yassin Al Hammadi, Director General of the Qatari Authors Forum, said that the symposium aims to confirm the objectives of the International Day for Cultural Diversity, because Doha is an incubator for this cultural diversity and deepens its values ​​.

The symposium includes opening speeches by H.E  Salah bin Ghanem Al-Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, Dr. Hamda Hassan Al-Sulaiti, Secretary-General of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, and H.E Dr. Salem bin Muhammad Al-Malik, Director General of ISESCO Organization.

The symposium also includes a discussion session across two axes:  First is “Promoting cultural diversity through books and writing”. H.E Dr. Ibrahim Saleh Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID), and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, will present a paper entitled “Investing Cultural Diversity to Enrich Writing, Transfer Experiences and Introduce Cultural Characteristics Through Writing”. While Dr. Abd al-Elah bin Arafa, Advisor to the Director General of ISESCO, will deal in his paper the role of thinkers and writers in transmitting culture and supporting cultural diversity.

The second axis will discuss the role of translation as a bridge for understanding between cultures,  with the participation of H.E Ambassador Khaled Fateh Al-Rahman, Director of the Center for Civilized Dialogue Center at ISESCO.  On the other hand, Dr. Muhammad Abed, research supervisor at Farouk College of Kerala, India, will present in his paper the topic of “Translation and its role in introducing Arab and Islamic heritage”.

Within that occasion, a special session will be held tomorrow May 20, in which a number of writers of different nationalities will participate, in order to emphasize cultural diversity and civilizational communication. Also it will be a special session for Qatari writers Friday evening entitled “My book in different languages”.