In 2012, the Arabic Language Day was established by UNESCO to promote cultural understanding and to highlight Arabic as one of the most important languages in the world. The 18th of December signifies the day in 1973 when Arabic became the sixth official language of the UN.

On celebration of the World Arabic Language Day, the Saudi Cultural Mission will held a seminar title “Preserving the Arabic Language in Western Societies”, to be held on Thursday  7th December 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Saudi Cultural Mission in Canberra. In keeping with the theme: Preserving the Arabic Language in Western Societies, the seminar includes a series of expert presentations exploring contemporary thinking and issues about preserving the Arabic language in western societies. The seminar will also features an exhibition highlighting the Arabic calligraphy within the Australian landscape, poetry reading, and play oud.

Speakers and participants:

[author title=”Associate Prof. Mustapha Taibi (Western Sydney University)” image=””]

Title of presentation:Family language policy and heritage language maintenance.

Mustapha Taibi is an Associate Professor in Interpreting and Translation at Western Sydney University. He was Director of Academic Program, Languages, TESOL, Interpreting and Translation from 2011 to 2015. As Director of Academic Program, he has developed a number of courses and provided educational leadership locally and internationally. [/author]

[author title=” Mrs. Fatima Killeen ” image=””]

Title of presentation: The use of Arabic calligraphy in my artwork.

In 1997, Fatima graduated with First Class Honours and received three graduation awards from the Australian National University. She took part in group and solo exhibitions in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Casablanca. In 2001, she received the Wattan At Prize at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and in 2016 both the ACT regional and the National African-Australian Awards.


[author title=”Mike Taylor” image=””]

 Oud Performance.

Mike Taylor has been learning the music of the Middle East for the past 15 years and is a multi-instrumentalist, (oud, ney and percussion) and composer. Mike currently plays in Brisbane based bands Shanasheel Arabic Music Ensemble, East of West Trio and Mashrabiyya Duo, as well as working with national and international musicians when the occasion arises.


[author title=”Abdulmalik Nahari” image=”http://”]

Presenting Arabic Art


Date, Time and Venue
Date: 7/12/2017
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Venue: 16 Watson Street, Turner, ACT 2612,

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