First Published: 2011-06-01

 

Abu Dhabi's 'Million’s Poet' welcomes candidates

 

Poetry Academy announces opening of candidates application process for fifth season of most prestigious Arab poetry contest.

 

Middle East Online

A certificate of recognition of poets' creative abilities

ABU DHABI - Sultan Al Amimi, Director of the Poetry Academy of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, announced that applications will be received from June 1 for the fifth season of the world’s largest and most prestigious poetry contest, “Million’s Poet”.

Applications are exclusively being accepted via www.almillion.net

Fax: 0097126433323; between June 1 and July 31, 2011.

For Info. e-mail mp5@adach.ae

The jury will begin interviewing poets after the holy month of Ramadan. They will choose the qualifying poets after screening and evaluating the thousands of poems received by potential candidates.

Amimi explained that the conditions for participation and admission were based on strict technical and critical standards and bases found in Nabati poetry. Poems must abide by the rules of weight, rhyme and the power of speech and audience. They must also use poetic language in terms of expression and the way in which they deal with the poetic purpose and artistic construction of poems, images and compositions.

Amimi stressed that the fifth season of “Million’s Poet” would see many changes as part of a clear and constructive aim to promote Nabati poetry to the highest artistic, literary and cultural levels.

He also revealed that the competition allows poets who have previously participated in the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons to apply for the 2011 – 2012 season, provided that they were amongst the top forty-eight poets. They must also meet with the jury, in accordance with the competition rules. So, poets who were amongst the top forty-eight candidates in the previous seasons can take part again, provided it is at least two seasons after their last participation. Candidates must meet all the conditions and standards for participation.

The conditions of participation in the competition stipulate that candidates must be between eighteen and forty-five years old. The poem entered must contain at least ten lines, and no more than twenty lines, in accordance with the rules of Nabati poetry.

He Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei the Advisor for Culture and Heritage in the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Director General of ADACH, said that “Abu Dhabi has succeeded in expanding the base of Nabati poetry through its "Million's Poet" competition. It forms part for the inherent heritage of the Arab region and promotes itself through the most important print, audio-visual and electronic media. In this way echoes of this innovative competition have reached all the continents of the world.”

“Nabati poetry is an essential historical document that reflects our authenticity in the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula,” said Mazrouei.

“The competition emphasizes the great efforts of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage in its promotion of Nabati poetry. It serves to highlight the role of Abu Dhabi and its vision to embrace this form of poetry and advertise its cultural achievements to the whole world. Its ultimate aim is to reach every Arab throughout the world,” Mazrouei added during the press conference.

“As part of its strategy to support poetry and UAE and Arabic poets, ADACH encourages and supports the organization of poetry evenings for all poets who participated in the 'Million's Poet' and the 'Prince of Poets' competitions inside and outside the UAE. These competitions have served to inform the large poetry fan base about the novelties of these poets who have entertained us with their distinctive poems,” said Mazrouei.

ADACH works to boost the presence of these poets at the most important literary and cultural functions in the world. It also supports the publication of their poetry and meets the desire of many international publishing houses and literary journals by providing translation services.

Since its launch in 2006, “Millions’ Poet” has managed to change the map of Nabati poetry, and at last do it justice in the poetry arena.

“Million’s Poet” provides a true measure of the poets’ talents and demonstrates how their work is accepted by the public. The program is based on an open and fair competition, impartial jury and a poetry-aware public as well as transparency and credibility in the presentation and performance of the chosen works. The contest has undoubtedly attracted the largest audience for a poetry contest, both in the region and worldwide.

The total prize money for the competition stands at 15 million AED. The winner gets the title and a prize of 5 million AED, second place will be awarded 4 million AED, third place 3 million AED, fourth place 2 million AED and fifth place 1 million AED.

The fourth season 2009-2010

The poetry flag is currently in Kuwait. The fourth season’s results were as follows:

1 - Poet Nasser bin Thuwaini Al Ajami - Kuwait.

2 - Poet Fallah Al mawraqi - Kuwait.

3 - Poetess Hissa Hilal - Saudi Arabia.

4 - Poet Sultan Al Asimer - Kuwait.

5 - Poet Jazaa Al Boqmi - Saudi Arabia.

The third season 2008-2008

1 - Poet Ziad Bin Hijab bin Naheet - Saudi Arabia.

2 - Poet Ayed Al-Dhofairi - Saudi Arabia.

3 - Poet Mohammed Al Fares Al-Tamimi - Saudi Arabia.

4 - Poetess Aidah Al Jahni - Saudi Arabia.

5 - Poet Fahd Al-Shahrani - Saudi Arabia.

The second season 2007-2008

1 - Poet Khalil Albermi - Qatar.

2 - Poet Mohammad Bin Hammad Al Kaabi - UAE.

3 - Poet Amer bin Amro - Yemen.

4 - Poet Aydah Al-Sufiani - Saudi Arabia.

5 – Poet Nasser Al Faraina - Saudi Arabia.

The first season 2006-2007

1 - Poet Mohammad bin Fatis Al Merri - Qatar.

2 - Poet Turki Al Mizani - Saudi Arabia.

3 - Poet Abdul Rahman Al-Shamri - Saudi Arabia.

4 - Poet Yusuf bin Razak Al Osaimi - Iraq.

5 - Poet Mohammed Moraibid Al Azmi - Saudi Arabia.

In 2010 ADACH decided to hold” Million’s Poet” in alternate years to its classical Arabic poetry contest counterpart, "The Prince of Poets". This contest concluded its fourth season in February 2011. It was decided that the finals of each contest would take place in the fourth quarter of each year, alternating the dates of their start.

Amimi, Director of the Poetry Academy, stressed that since its inception "Million’s Poet" has changed the map of Nabat. It has shaken up the poetry arena and done it justice in a unique and creative way, thanks to an open arena, fair competition, impartial jury and a poetry-aware public. This has given it transparency and credibility in the presentation and performance of the works.

“Million’s Poet” has become a focus of attention for millions of poets and lovers of Nabati poetry. Appearing on the show has become the dream of all Nabati poets in the Arab world.

The fourth season of "Million’s Poet" had drawn the attention of the international media and Internet users since its began mid-December 2009. Its first airing was shown on live Abu Dhabi TV, from the Al Raha Beach Theatre. University students have focused their attentions on the program and many pick it as a subject for their dissertation research.

The international media has hailed ADACH’s tireless efforts to improve Nabati poetry. They recognize that this has been achieved through focusing on Abu Dhabi’s role and vision to embrace this kind of poetry, and a desire to air this cultural accomplishment to the whole world.

The world has shown great interest in the “Million’s Poet” program and the humanitarian message it carries. The role of ADACH has also achieved significance on the international cultural map, and comments from thousands of readers in the US and European media have been noted.

International news agencies stressed that the program has brought major changes to the world of Arabic poetry since its creation four years ago, saying "It is worth mentioning that the program has helped to organize and arrange the Nabati poetry scene in a unique way. It is based on a combination of meticulous judging and the public vote, which has made the program a very important indicator for poets."

The program has given 192 poets unprecedented media exposure throughout its four seasons. Until this time they had been largely neglected by the media in the poetry scene despite their definite literary skills.

Through this unique competition these poets have today found themselves at the centre of great public interest in the Arab world. Since the public have become familiar with their creative talents, they have listened more and more to their poetry. Moreover, more than 20 million viewers watch this poetry contest every evening, making it a dream come true for every poet in the region to be part of the forty-eight final contestants, regardless of whether they actually win the title or not!

Many poets are now eager to be included on the list of 100 contestants. It has become a certificate of recognition of their creative abilities.

 

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