Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has announced the launch of the Sharjah Virtual Reading Festival for 10 days. The SVRF will commence on May 27 and will end on June 5, 2020 which is being designed to stress the cultural inclusion amid social distancing due to Covid-19 pandemic.
In this festival, acclaimed writers and authors around the globe will connect virtually at SVRF 2020 to offer book, literature and art enthusiasts an impressive array of creative cultural, literary and poetry sessions and workshops.
By launching this festival, SBA is reinforcing to uplift the sustainability of arts, culture and reading as key pillars to developing more knowledge in the respective community.
People from different age groups of the community members and nationalities are targeted for this 10-days reading festival that will feature a series of culture, literature and interactive workshops which will be hosted by celebrated Arab and foreign authors.
SBA says, at a time of enormous uncertainty, promoting access to culture and books and supporting the continuation of projects and activities brings the community together, providing them with inspiration and hope.
Further details of SVRF, registrations criteria, and mode of participation will be announced later during a virtual press conference to be held by SBA.
Al Ameri said, “Now more than ever, the role of culture, books and reading becomes more central to our lives,” he added. “The festival has been designed to have a far-reaching impact on the creation of creative societies in line with Sharjah’s cultural project, as knowledge and reading are key to the advancement of nations.” The launch of Sharjah Virtual Reading Festival underlines the necessity of making available cultural content and continuing to adapt projects in light of the extraordinary circumstances we are in, he added.
Al Ameri also said, “The Sharjah Virtual Reading Festival offers a unique digital platform for intellectuals and creative minds from around the world to connect remotely, celebrate the full diversity of humanity’s cultural expressions, and share experiences and knowledge, even as the world works to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
“The festival is also an ideal opportunity for the literary community to reinforce how despite the physical distances, culture brings us together, keeping us connected and helping build resilient societies,” he concluded.