(MENAFN - Arab News) The third National Built Heritage Forum (NBHF) which begins on Sunday in Madinah will host for the first time folk poetry evenings on the Kingdom's architectural heritage.
"The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) is organizing for the first time a poetic event to celebrate the architectural heritage of Saudi Arabia through the forum programs with the participation of the most prominent poets of folk and classical poetry," a statement issued by SCTA on Saturday said.
"The folk poetry evenings will be held on Monday and Tuesday in the open theater in Al-Ula heritage city from 8-10 p.m.," it said.
"A number of popular folk poets will express their memories and feelings toward the architectural heritage; its connection with historical events and the importance of preserving it as a part of our culture, civilization and national identity," the statement added.
There will be folk shows, a poetry competition and other events.
The classical poetry evenings will be held at the literary club in Madinah on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-10 p.m., it further stated.
Commenting on the program, an SCTA official said, "Poets recreate through their poetry the importance of the national architectural heritage and its value in the memory of our cultural and historical heritage which is a source of pride. It also consolidates national identity and promotes community culture."
He added that the poetic evening addresses a large segment of Saudi society, particularly those that deal with popular and classical poetry.
The evening seeks to deliver important messages about the architectural heritage and its value through influential poets on the poetic and literary scene, he informed adding that this evening's program will be transmitted via TV mass-media channels such as Al-Saha, Al-Sahraa and a number of other channels interested in popular literature. "The poetic evening will emphasize the importance of architectural heritage as a civilized accomplishment that forms our identity and history in the past, present and the future," he added.
Several other events will be organized from Monday until the end of the forum on Thursday, Dec. 12, including heritage markets, crafts and handicrafts products, productive families' products, games, popular products and construction methods; Badia house and its details and components; camel and horse convoys; a march past of the participating teams and a fireworks show.
The forum will open in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the SCTA and Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman will inaugurate the event. There will also be 100 researchers, administrators and specialists in the field of architectural heritage from the Kingdom and abroad along with a large participation from the local community in Madinah, Al-Ula and Yanbu.