Archive and National Library Participate in Conference on Traditional Music and “IFLA”

Abu Dhabi: “The Gulf”

The National Archives and Library participated in the Conference of the International Council of Traditional Music, organized by the Portuguese city of Lisbon; Where Dr. Aisha Belkheir presented a working document in which she addressed the role of women in the transmission of heritage and the promotion of creativity. Furthermore, a delegation from the National Archives and Library participated in the 87th International Conference on Libraries and Information (IFLA) in the Irish capital, Dublin.

Participation in the two international events stems from the National Archives and Libraries’ interest in cementing their folklore and pride in the UAE’s ancient past, and their eagerness to learn about the distinctive experiences of national libraries globally.

In the dialogue session entitled: “Musical Mobility in the World of the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf”, at the Conference of the International Council of Traditional Music, which took place in Lisbon, Portuguese Republic, from July 21 to 27, 2022, Dr. Aisha Belkhair, Research Advisor at the Archives and Library, presented the National Working Paper entitled: “The Role of Women in Passing on Heritage and Enhancing Creativity”, in which she addressed the superimposition of music and work songs in social and economic life. and in all stages of life and throughout the successive generations, until the Emirati musical production was distinguished by its creativity, the modernization of its music and the diversity of its styles, and this is one of the phenomena that combines different elements to produce a legacy with a national identity that has been transmitted from generation to generation and carried by oral memory.

It should be noted that Dr. Balkhair represents the UAE in the International Council for Traditional Music and is a member of the Study Group on Music in the Arab World emanating from the Council.

On the other hand, a delegation from the National Archives and Library participated in the 87th International Conference on Libraries and Information (IFLA) in Dublin, Ireland. Where the delegation participated in the various sessions organized on the sidelines of the conference, and the delegation, which was made up of Hamad Al Hemiri, Director of the Department of Research and Knowledge Services, and Riad Bin Allam of the Emirates Library at the Archives and the National Library. , was informed about the most important practices in libraries and information systems, especially experiences related to national libraries. The delegation visited the attached exhibition for companies and institutions specialized in the field of libraries.

The National Archives and Library invited high-level participants, experts and specialists to the 33rd Conference of the Arab Federation of Libraries and Information (IFLA), to be held in Abu Dhabi from 31 October to 2 November 2022 .

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