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Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2024: A Celebration of Imagination and Heroes

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2024: A Celebration of Imagination and Heroes

A Pioneering Event for Young Minds from May 1-12

The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) is set to captivate young readers and enthusiasts with a grand showcase of over 1,400 cultural, artistic, and edutainment activities. Spanning 12 days from May 1 to 12 at the Expo Centre Sharjah, this year’s festival theme, ‘Once Upon a Hero,’ is poised to ignite the imaginations of the young and old alike. The 15th edition of SCRF, organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), is expected to draw more than 470 publishers from 75 countries, reinforcing Sharjah’s position as a hub for cultural exchange and literary richness.

An Array of Activities and Global Participation

This edition will feature 190 guests from 25 countries, delivering an eclectic mix of sessions and workshops aimed at nurturing young talents and fostering a love for reading. The festival will also include the 3rd annual Booksellers Conference and the 2nd edition of the Sharjah Animation Conference (SAC), highlighting Sharjah’s commitment to enriching the literary and artistic landscape for children.

Visionary Leadership and Emphasis on Empowerment

Under the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and with the support of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, the festival emphasizes the role of reading in empowering young minds to explore, learn, and innovate. Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, CEO of SBA, articulated the festival’s goal to inspire children to become the heroes of their own stories, emphasizing the importance of reading in broadening horizons and fostering creative thinking.

Live Broadcasts and Comprehensive Coverage

The festival’s significance is further amplified by comprehensive coverage across television, radio, and digital media, ensuring that the message of SCRF reaches a wide audience. The opening ceremony will be broadcast live, showcasing the festival’s vibrant activities and sessions to the public.

A Global Platform for Cultural Exchange

With an impressive lineup of international and local authors, illustrators, and speakers, SCRF 2024 stands as a testament to Sharjah’s dedication to cultural diversity and intellectual exchange. The festival not only celebrates the joy of reading but also offers unique opportunities for publishers, distributors, and booksellers to engage with a global audience.

Fostering Creativity and Innovation

Khawla Al Mujaini, the General Coordinator of SCRF, highlighted the transformative power of reading in shaping the futures of children, underlining the festival’s role in nurturing generations who view themselves as agents of change and creativity. With discussions, workshops, and interactive sessions, SCRF 2024 aims to inspire young readers to embrace their potential and embark on journeys of discovery and imagination.

As Sharjah continues to cultivate a rich literary environment for children and young adults, the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration, encouraging the youth to dream big and aspire to be the heroes of their own epic tales.

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