Living Heritage: Exploring the UAE’s Cultural Traditions
Date(s) - 06/24/2022
11:00 am - 11:45 am
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
On June 24, AGSIW and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will host a discussion featuring three culture bearers from the UAE.
About this event
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to partner with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on a panel discussion with three culture bearers representing vital aspects of the United Arab Emirates’ intangible heritage: pearl diving, falconry, and coffee making. The conversation, part of a program exploring the cultural traditions of the UAE, will center around how these culture bearers reach new audiences and cultivate the next generation of practitioners. Ranging from formalized training structures to relaxed social settings, they transmit cultural knowledge and affirm its relevance to contemporary life.
After a two-year hiatus, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival returns to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with a program exploring the cultural traditions of the United Arab Emirates. The program “United Arab Emirates: Living Landscape | Living Memory” will include over a hundred artisans, culture bearers, musicians, and more.