Dubai Culture’s virtual Reading Box programme to enlighten minds and promote the culture of reading

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·        The art, methodologies, and steps for summarising a book.

·        Endearing monsters and a world of magic and humour await the little ones.

·        A journey to learn about the importance of reading for stimulating an actor’s creativity.

Dubai, UAE: In the third week of its virtual Reading Box initiative, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is organising a new set of workshops and sessions that seek to enlighten the minds of parents and children, highlight the importance of reading, and strengthen community members’ link to reading as a culture and a well-established daily habit.

During week three, the Reading Box will present a workshop called ‘Skills of Summarising a Book’ presented by Hend Saeed, a consultant in Arabic literature and culture and a literary agent, translator, and editor for Arablit.org. Through this workshop, participants will learn about the art and methodology of summarising books, where they will be introduced to the steps that readers should follow as well as the important points that should be emphasised when summarising a book. The workshop is targeted at adults over 18 and will be held in Arabic on 21 March from 10 – 11 a.m. via Microsoft Teams.

In an effort to provide vital activities to motivate children to produce creative artworks, young participants can look forward to an inspiring and innovative workshop, ‘The Dice Game,’ held by Lebanese visual artist Simar Halwany, who specialises in drawing and engraving and is the winner of the best book award Al Fikr Al Arabi 21 in 2017 for her book ‘The Elephant that Paints.’

With Halwany, participants will be able to produce endearing monster characters full of charm and humour, inspired by the main character of the book, Bu, as well as discover many ways to unleash their creative potential. This workshop will be held in Arabic and English on 22 March from 10 – 11 a.m. via Microsoft Teams for children between the ages of seven and 12.

The third workshop, titled ‘The Impact of Reading on the Actor’s Personality,’ invites actors eager to develop successful reading skills and strategies to join Syrian theatre director and life coach Abeer Wakil, who will take them on a journey to discover the importance of reading in stimulating the creative self, how to apply reading skills, and the types of reading and their effect on an actor’s imagination and performance. This workshop will take place via Microsoft Teams on 24 and 25 March from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for adolescents and adults aged 16 and over.

These workshops and sessions come within the framework of Dubai Culture’s continuous keenness to activate National Reading Month and part of the vital role the Authority plays in promoting reading among society and making it an established habit and daily behaviour. 

Links to the workshops and sessions, as well as updates on National Reading Month, can be viewed on Dubai Public Libraries’ Instagram account, @dubaipubliclibraries.