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UAE Board on Books for Young People celebrates Korean culture


To strengthen cultural bonds and build communication bridges with cultures around the world, the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) is honoring its Korean counterpart, the Korea Board on Books for Young People (KBBY), as Guest of Honour at the 14th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF).

The UAEBBY’s ‘Guest of Honour’ initiative was launched in 2015 to cultivate new relationships with different International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chapters, allowing local talent to learn from the experience of international counterparts, and encouraging reading among UAE’s diverse communities.

In partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, UAEBBY organised a series of storytelling, arts and crafts, and calligraphy workshops for the Guest of Honour at the Korean Cultural Centre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Commenting on the Guest of Honour Participation, Marwa Al Aqroubi, President of UAEBBY, said: “By hosting our Korean counterparts here at the region’s largest cultural festival for children and youth, we aim to foster cultural exchange between international chapters to enable children and youth explore commonalities between cultures, and well-known folk tales, which promotes reading and increasing cultural exchange between countries of the world.”

UAEBBY organised a series of storytelling sessions and engaging crafts and calligraphy workshops at its pavilion to showcase the richness and diversity of South Korean culture to SCRF’s visitors, particularly children and youth. 

As part of its visit to the emirate, KBBY has held a series of meetings with Sharjah’s leading cultural entities, including the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), Kalimat Group Publishing, Knowledge without Borders (KwB), Kalimat Foundation, Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), and the House of Wisdom (HoW) to explore partnership opportunities and cultural exchange to advance the children’s and young adult (YA) literature sector, as well as look into designing innovative solutions to overcome challenges in the sector, locally and regionally.


Concurrently, the meetings provided unique opportunities to participating Sharjah entities to gain a comprehensive overview of the Korean landscape in the children’s and YA literature sector, latest developments and meet prominent Korean authors.

The Korean delegation to SCRF 2023 features prominent literary figures, Lim Jeong Jin, a highly respected writer and professor with a three-decade-long career; Kim Inae Sujung, a  renowned critic, writer, recognised for her thought-provoking critiques and translations of over 400 titles; Kim Namjung is an esteemed editor, publisher, and founder of Hankwon Publishing; and Kim Se-hyun,  a renowned oriental painter, known for his captivating and emotion-evoking works depicting scenes from nature.