Find content
eg: title, city, activity, people
OPTIONAL - Only in:
OR search by:
Questions, Answers and VOD
For content providers


Responsive image

Al Azi: the art of performing praise, pride and fortitude poetry

Language: عربى, subtitles Eng

Al Azi is a traditional poetry recital performed by a group of individuals without instruments. The practice strengthens bonds in the community and is connected with knowledge and practices related to nature. Due to migration, the enactment of state laws instead of traditional tribal customs and a loss of spontaneity in the art, performance of the practice has diminished considerably. Al Azi has nonetheless withstood extinction thanks to successful safeguarding efforts by the communities concerned, and has recently enjoyed a revival.

on this subject: Nomination file/Dossier de candidature

Topics and Tags
Place/region: United Arab Emirates, North Africa
Series: 2017 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Video report
Production and personalities:
Director: Rajah Balakrishna
Publisher: Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority
Producer: Nasser Ali Al Hamiri
Published in:
Rights: Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority (TCA)

   LICENSING: for inquiries about licensing or requests for CD/DVD copies of this material, please contact the producer or the author directly. You may also wish to consult our FAQs 6 to 9

Original: Video.MP4
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: HQFS-CLTICH-2017-USL-0126800006
Source ref.: DOC:0126800006; CAND:01268
Rights holder: UNESCO; Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority