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Event 706 Emirates NBD Poetry for All Competition - English

Wednesday 7 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

The Emirates NBD Poetry for All poetry performance competition is here!

Come to the final round for the opportunity to hear students give an emotional response to the poem of their choice through their recital.

Language: English

Emirates NBD Poetry for All Competition - English

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Event 144 For the Love of Words at Dubai Opera

Tuesday 6 March, 8pm-10pm   Dubai Opera, Dubai Opera

Prepare to be awed by the spoken word as the finest contemporary poets from the UAE and UK unite on stage at Dubai Opera in this celebration of the power of poetry to bring people together across cultures.

Presented by The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai Opera, the Ministry of Tolerance, and The British Council, with the support of the UK GREAT campaign, ‘For the Love of Words’ aims to explore the possibilities presented by cultural exchange between the two countries.

The event, which will form part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration closing celebrations, will include the following all-star line-up:

John Agard, Khalid AlBudoor, Nujoom Nasser Alghanem, Simon Armitage, Afra Atiq, Harry Baker, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Grace Nichols, Lemn Sissay, Hussain Lootah

Tickets for this session are sold through Dubai Opera’s website, starting at AED75. Click here to buy tickets.

For group bookings of 11 or more tickets, please contact the Dubai Opera box office by emailing boxoffice@dubaiopera.com

Language: English, Arabic

For the Love of Words at Dubai Opera

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Event 50 Poetry Mix: Memories

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Poetry Mix brings together an international cast of poetry stars for an introduction to their work. Expect a wide variety of styles from this talented lineup.

Afra Atiq is an Emirati spoken-word poet. She is a member of the Untitled Chapters group and has a large YouTube following.

Harry Baker is the youngest ever World Poetry Slam champion; his poems combine maths and science with tongue-twisting wordplay and unexpected emotional power.

Chris Hardy is a prize winning poet who often performs as part of the band LiTTLe MACHiNe; in this session he will read from his new collection Sunshine at the End of the World.

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize in Poetry as well as the Antivenom Prize for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist.

Lemn Sissay is one of Britain’s best known poets, famous for jaw-dropping performances. Gold from the Stone is a collection of new and favourite poems.

Sjón is an Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist whose poems have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has won the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize and been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize.

Language: English

Poetry Mix: Memories

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Event 44 The Soul of a City: Afra Atiq, Yara Bamieh, Eric Broug, Meik Wiking

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Is a city built by its architects or the people who inhabit it?

Dubai is unusual in being a global city that appeared almost overnight. How does a new city acquire its ‘spark’?

Our panel of art, architecture and design and wellbeing experts goes in search of the soul of a city.

Afra Atiq is an Emirati spoken-word poet. She is a member of the Untitled Chapters group and has a large YouTube following.

Yara Bamieh is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Ramallah; she has worked on conservation, reconstruction and cultural projects in Palestine.

Eric Broug is a master of Islamic geometric design who consults on architectural projects, advising on creative and effective use of Islamic heritage.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and the author of The Little Book of Lykke, which shares six factors that explain the differences in happiness across the world.

This panel is moderated by Rachel McArthur.

Language: English with Arabic translation

The Soul of a City: Afra Atiq, Yara Bamieh, Eric Broug, Meik Wiking

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