Entries for ‘Prince of Poets’ contest closed

ABU DHABI — The participation process for the acclaimed “Prince of Poets” competition has now been 
officially closed.

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Published: Sun 19 Sep 2010, 10:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:42 PM

The final number of entries has not been counted yet, but organisers say it is definitely higher than last year.

According to Sulatan Al Amimi, director of Poetry Academy in the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, this will certainly heat up the competition for the Prince of Poets title.

“Many poets who took part in the first season are also going to feature in this year’s competition,” he added.

Prince of Poets, which seeks to crown the best classical Arabic verses, accepted entries from all parts of Arab world as long as the poems were sent in classical form.

The deadline was in fact extended for an extra month, after receiving huge demands from poets all over the Arab world and other parts of the world to participate.

A specialised committee has now started screening the poems received and selecting candidates who will compete in the fourth season of the contest.

Judging by the success of the previous three sessions, millions of classical poetry lovers in the Arab world are expected to follow the competition, watching it on Abu Dhabi TV.

Changes

Amimi said many changes had been made to the competition, at all levels. These included changes to the method of broadcast, as well as many other surprises that await both the poets and the public in the first episodes.

Just like the Million’s Poet, the traditional Nabati poetry competition, the classical Prince of Poets competition constitutes an important part of ADACH’s vision to revive poetry in the Arab world and formulate a strategy to boost the status of Abu Dhabi as a cultural hub.

Furthermore, the competition aims to establish an extensive database of classical Arabic poetry, poets, critics and others working in this field, and document their work throughout the Arab world.

silvia@khaleejtimes.com



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