Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 July 2019

Falconers invited to wax lyrical at Abu Dhabi exhibition

Poetry competitions paying tribute to the beloved bird will be part of this year's Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition

Falconers will  e able to offer poetic tributes to their treasured birds at this year's Adihex event. Leslie Pableo for The National for Gillian Duncan’s story
Falconers will  e able to offer poetic tributes to their treasured birds at this year's Adihex event. Leslie Pableo for The National for Gillian Duncan’s story

Does the beating wing or steely gaze of your falcon inspire you to break into verse?

Falconers are being invited to wax lyrical about their feathered friends at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex) in August.

There are three categories of poems at this year’s event: the best description of a falcon, the best description of a hunt, and the best eulogy for the loss of a bird.

Poets can enter all three categories, while poems must be 15 to 30 lines long and previously unpublished.

Poetry eulogizing hunter and bird is an essential part of falconry. Poetry duals between falconers that were once exchanged by firelight in the desert remain popular to this day, shared on Instagram, Snapchat and other social media. It is also exchanged between falconers mid-hunt through walkie talkies.

Falcon poetry is used to praise or challenge an opponent’s bird, or even offer thanks.

For those who prefer more concrete forms of creativity, Adihex will also host a competition for the best falconry-related inventions. The exhibition is traditionally a time when falconers showcase new inventions related to the sport, from shaking sticks that rock falcons to sleep to velcro armrests designed to allow falcons and owners comfort and freedom as they dune bash during hunts.

For the artistically inclined, there will be art and photography competitions. Paintings should not exceed one square metre and the best twenty will be featured for sale at the exhibition. Arabian horses, camels and portraits of the sheikhs are popular subjects.

The theme of the photography competition will be Year of Tolerance.

Entires are to be submitted by email to competitions@adihex.com by August 1 with a short biography and contact details.

Adihex runs from August 27 to 31 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

Updated: July 2, 2019 07:41 PM

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