Youth literary forum kicks off in Dhofar

SALALAH: The 23rd edition of the Youth Literary and Art Forum was inaugurated today under the auspices of Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan al Busaidy, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, in the presence of officials. The three-day forum is organised by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.
Ahmed bin Salem al Hajri, Director-General of Heritage and Culture, delivered a speech during which he highlighted the keenness of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture to activate the cultural arena in the Sultanate through programmes and activities to support the Omani innovators and to highlight their creative experiences, locally and internationally.
The opening ceremony included a variety of performances that included Omani folklore arts.
At the end of the ceremony, the chief guest of the event honoured the cooperating government agencies and sponsoring companies, in addition to honouring a number of distinguished personnel in the field of theatre at the external level.
The minister also opened the exhibition accompanying the forum in Samuhram Hall, which included the presentation of paintings and a collection of modern literary publications of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.
The Youth Literary and Art Forum includes a series of literary, cultural and artistic sessions in the fields of poetry, short story and drama, as well as presentation of working papers and discussion sessions in the field of Omani literature. — ONA