GUADALAJARA, ABU DHABI, 2nd December, 2022 (WAM) - Mexican visitors and guests at the 36th Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL), the leading cultural event in the Spanish-speaking world, discovered the spirit of Emirati cultural heritage with live performances of a wide range of traditional Emirati songs and dances led by the Sharjah National Band under the Sharjah Institute for Heritage.
Visitors at the book fair enjoyed the vibrant rhythm of Emirati songs as the band, clad in traditional Emirati outfits, wowed the audience with music played on occasion as well as songs that were once used to welcome fishermen, pearl divers, and travellers from across the country. The band's music represented the local culture from the desert and coastal areas to the mountainous regions of the emirate.
Visitors at the fair joined the Sharjah National Band as they performed the Al Ayyala, Al Noban, Al Liwa, and Al Habban to the accompaniment of drums.
Emirati heritage and culture are being celebrated at Mexico's Guadalajara International Book Fair, as Sharjah has been welcomed as the guest of honour in what is the largest literary event in Latin America.
It is the first city from the Arab world to be given merit.
The fair, which runs at the Expo Guadalajara until Dec. 4, will host authors, literary professionals and publishers from all over the world. FIL's programme will include more than 3,000 activities, featuring the participation of 600 authors from around the globe and academic discussions of the most relevant current events and literary activities for both children and adults.