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Tunis International Book Fair in its 38th Edition Honors the Spirit of the Late Figure of Arabic Culture, the Poet Abdulaziz Albabtain.
Al-Qadiri stated: "Abdulaziz Albabtain devoted his life to serving Arabic culture, literature, and poetry and its poets."

April 2, 2024

The opening day of the 38th edition of the Tunis International Book Fair witnessed a celebration through the organization of a tribute event for the late poet Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, in recognition of his contributions and acknowledgment of his efforts in serving and supporting Arab culture.

Mohamed Saleh Al-Qadiri, Director of the Tunis Book Fair, stated, "This tribute event was held as a recognition and acknowledgment from us and the Arab nation of the significant role played by the late Abdulaziz Albabtain, who dedicated his life to serving Arab culture, literature, and poetry, including his authorship of poetic dictionaries bearing his name. His latest contribution was his call for all Arab-speaking poets to participate in the “Martyrs of Honor' Poetry Collection” and prior to that, 'The Arab Epic for Peace,' a lengthy poem involving 113 poets advocating for peace, rejecting violence, combating sectarianism, promoting coexistence and dialogue, and presenting the true image of the noble Islamic faith and Arab original values. His pioneering efforts in promoting a culture of peace worldwide are remarkable, reflecting his deep-seated belief that cultural work is the greatest means to bring peoples together and foster cultural dialogue."

The award and recognition were presented by Moncef Boukthir, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Acting Minister of Cultural Affairs in Tunisia, to Dr. Taher Hajjar, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation. The ceremony was well-attended by prominent figures in culture, media, journalists, publishers, and writers from Tunisia and other Arab countries, along with a large audience.

The tribute event also included a panel discussion titled "Honoring the Spirit of the Poet Abdulaziz Albabtain," held on the third day of the book fair, April 21st. The program commenced with a screening of a short documentary highlighting the rich cultural legacy and prominent role of the late poet in serving the Arab nation culturally and literarily. It showcased his promising projects and his encouragement and support for Arab youth in various branches of cultural and literary production.

Dr. Taher Hajjar, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation, represented the Foundation at the seminar. Joining him were Dr. Rami Iskandar, representing the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), and from Kuwait, Kamel Al-Abduljalil, the former Secretary-General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters. From Tunisia, the poet Jamila Al-Majeri also participated.

Source: Media Center of the Albabtain Cultural Foundation

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