Sharjah Light Festival which opens tonight to highlight the beauty of the city’s grand monuments and heritage
The Sharjah Light Festival, the first and largest of its kind in the Middle East, is a landmark global event highlighting Emirati, Arabic and Islamic culture
The fourth edition of the Sharjah Light Festival kicks off this evening (February 6) at a spectacular ceremony at the new Sharjah Municipality building. Hosted by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, the 9-night light festival will run from February 6 – 14 at 12 locations across the Emirate of Sharjah.
Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Chairman, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority said: “For nine glorious nights, the Emirate of Sharjah will wear a new robe of exquisite beauty decorated with the best of oriental art and colours, celebrating Sharjah’s Islamic civilization and the legacy of our ancestors.”
Sharjah is recognised as the centre of Arab and Islamic culture and civilization, and was declared the Cultural Capital of the Arab world in 1998 by Unesco. Recently, the Arab tourism ministers’ summit in Cairo selected Sharjah as the Capital of Arab Tourism for Year 2015.
Being celebrated under the theme of Sharjah the Capital of Islamic Culture 2014, the Sharjah Light Festival will use the magic of lighting and latest technology to narrate the story of Sharjah’s Islamic heritage, history and magnificent architecture.
Sharjah Light Festival is one of the most popular festivals and cultural events in the Emirate’s cultural calendar. The light festival which portrays the Islamic architectural brilliance of the city’s celebrated monuments, landmarks and cultural heritage has been hugely successful and popular, attracting more than 200,000 spectators.
During the festival international artists from the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Switzerland and Cambodia will paint Sharjah in a completely different new light, highlighting its spiritual heritage and identity. An interface of art, technology, history and culture will create a symphony of civilisation.
Sharjah Light Festival 2014 Artists
1 – Sharjah Municipality: Laurent Langlois (France)
2 – Kuwait Square: Sophie Guyot (Swiss)
3 – Cultural Palace square : Tilt (France)
4 – Masjid Al Malek Faisal: Nomada (UAE)
5 – Masjid Al Majaz: Spectaculaires (France)
6 – Al Majaz waterfront: Tilt (France)
7 – Central Souk Show: Ilotopie (France)
8 – Al Qasba : Ilotopie (France) / Antoine Neron-Bancel (Brazil)
9 – Centre of Gulf Studies: Kolektif Alambik (France)
10 – Dibba mosque: Cindy Lô (Cambodgia)
11 – Kalba mosque: Pierre Petit (Swiss)
12 – Khor Fakkan mosque: Loic Pengam (UK)
This year’s Sharjah Light Festival highlights also include a spectacular hour-long parade that will start at the Flag Island and cover the expanse of Khalid Lagoon before leading to the Central Souq. It will be followed by another hour of an entertainment fiesta with popular fictional characters which will transport visitors to a world of art, fantasy and humour, he said.
Sharjah Light Festival 2014 Factsheet
Date: 6th – 14th of February 2014
Festival location: 12 locations around Sharjah
Festival timings: Every day from 7.00 pm until 11.00 pm (12.00 pm on weekends)
1. New Sharjah Municipality building
2. Kuwait Square
3. Cultural Palace Square
4. King Faisal Mosque
5. Al Majaz Mosque
6. Al Majaz Waterfront
7. Central Souk
8. Al Qasba (Internal façade)
9. Dr Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi Centre of Gulf Studies
10. Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi mosque in Deba Al Husn
11. Hamza Bin Abdul Mottaleb Mosque in Kalba
12. Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque in Khorfakkan.
6 February 2014 at New Sharjah Municipality building – 8.00 pm
14 February 2014 at Corniche Al Buheira next to Central Souk – 8.00 pm
Details about the site Sharjah Light Festival sites and shows are available at www.slf.ae and via social media accounts of the Authority @sharjahtourism and @shjtourism