الأربعاء، فبراير 13، 2013

TAIZ: HISTORICAL CULTURAL CAPITAL

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Taiz is well-known for its academics and scholars



President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi approved the Taiz governorate as Yemen’s cultural capital on Saturday.

Huda Ablan, the Deputy Minister of Culture, said the decision was based on Taiz’s reputation as one of the most culturally active cities in Yemen. Taiz is known for producing many of the country’s academics and authors.

According to Ablan, the title will help Taiz restore its reputation. “The government should build schools and universities in the governorate in order to further boost culture” she said. 

Mohammed Amin Al-Sharabi, a journalist that follows cultural activities, said the decree is worthless unless the government dedicates funds to infrastructural development and future cultural projects.

Al-Sharabi said he considered the decision a “political painkiller,” explaining that Taiz doesn’t need government endorsement to be recognized as cultural capital because it has been distinguished for its unique cultural status for centuries.

He added, “What is the benefit of this decision while the headquarters of the Authors’ Union has been closed for two years.” 

“Will this decision help open it?” he asked. 

Ali Al-Mukri, a novelist, says Taiz is worthy of being a cultural capital because of its contribution to Yemen’s culture and civilization.

But, he agrees there is much to be done to improve the city. 

“We don’t want to see propaganda from this decree, we want to see a tangible impact on the ground by building schools and forums,” he said.
President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi approved the Taiz governorate as Yemen’s cultural capital on Saturday.

Huda Ablan, the Deputy Minister of Culture, said the decision was based on Taiz’s reputation as one of the most culturally active cities in Yemen. Taiz is known for producing many of the country’s academics and authors.

According to Ablan, the title will help Taiz restore its reputation. “The government should build schools and universities in the governorate in order to further boost culture” she said. 

Mohammed Amin Al-Sharabi, a journalist that follows cultural activities, said the decree is worthless unless the government dedicates funds to infrastructural development and future cultural projects.

Al-Sharabi said he considered the decision a “political painkiller,” explaining that Taiz doesn’t need government endorsement to be recognized as cultural capital because it has been distinguished for its unique cultural status for centuries.

He added, “What is the benefit of this decision while the headquarters of the Authors’ Union has been closed for two years.” 

“Will this decision help open it?” he asked. 

Ali Al-Mukri, a novelist, says Taiz is worthy of being a cultural capital because of its contribution to Yemen’s culture and civilization.

But, he agrees there is much to be done to improve the city. 

“We don’t want to see propaganda from this decree, we want to see a tangible impact on the ground by building schools and forums,” he said.



Source: Yemen Times
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