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20 March 2014 Ministry of Culture Celebrates World Poetry Day with a “Poetry Caravan” Tomorow
Ministry of Culture Celebrates World Poetry Day with a “Poetry Caravan” Tomorow

The Ministry of Culture in Bahrain will celebrate World Poetry Day (Friday, March 21) with a whirlwind one-day poetry tour around the Kingdom.

In all, 12 poets from Bahrain and the Arab world will participate in the “Poetry Caravan”, which will go around some of Bahrain’s most prominent landmarks to read their poetry in front of the public. Each stop will also include live traditional folk music shows.

The caravan will begin from Bab Al-Bahrain at 10:30 am, and includes stops at traditional coffee houses, shopping malls, markets, cultural organizations, and other public areas.

The participating poets, each a specialist in a special type of Arabic poetry, are: Ziyad Khaddash and Ibrahim Jaber Ibrahim (Palestine), Tammam Huneidi and Hanadi Zarka (Syria), Sayyid Yousif and Sarah Allam (Egypt), Ali Al-Sharqawi (Bahrain), as well as a number of promising young poets.

The”Poetry Caravan” is a novel concept which takes poetry to the people instead of bringing people to it in one static pre-determined location. The idea was inspired by the common practice in pre-Islamic Arabia, whereby poets would go around and congregate in its public squares, markets – most famous of which is Suq Okaz - and tribal councils to recite their latest verses in front of the public.

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