Jawaher Al Qasimi marks January 15th as official launch date for fifth edition of Sharjah Children Biennial

Children from across the globe are being given the perfect opportunity to imagine, create and innovate with the launch of the fifth edition of the Sharjah Children Biennial (SCB). Set to commence on January 15th, 2017, the date of the fifth edition of SCB has been officially announced by H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA).

Organised by Sharjah Children Centres under the theme ‘A World as Big as Your Imagination,’ SCB will be held over one month and will see the participation of a host of talented children from across the globe. The event’s organisers say that the biennial offers children the ideal environment where they can discover their creative talents, explore new artistic mediums and interact with their peers from around the world.

“Sharjah is investing in the future by developing children’s capabilities and leveraging their talents. Our aim is to create a generation full of life and love – one that is able to build a better and brighter future for itself and its community. SCB grants children the freedom to imagine, create and innovate within a fertile environment where they can explore their full potential. It allows children to imagine the future in which they would like to live and helps to protect them from negative influences,” said Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi.

She stressed that children all over the world can benefit significantly from undertaking artistic activities, as these boost creativity and inventiveness. She emphasised that SCB encourages investment in the future through nurturing children’s imagination, enabling them to draw their dreams and ambitions as well as exchange their thoughts and ideas with youngsters from other global communities.

The fifth edition of SCB aims to push children’s imagination to the fore, encouraging them to overcome obstacles and borders through art and through expressing their ideas without restriction. As with its previous editions, the event will work on the principle that young dreams can transform into grand inventions. The forthcoming SCB aspires to motivate children to showcase their creative talents through its three competition categories; architecture design, environment, and fantasy and reality.

SCB represents the first-of-its-kind and most prominent artistic event for children in the UAE and the GCC. The first edition of SCB was held in 2008 and was a platform for children to unlock their potential across a variety of artistic genres. In the editions since its inception, the biennial has witnessed large local and international participation due to its growing prominence and the high standards it applies in the selection of artwork.