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Art Academies Will Launch Soon to Boost Heritage and Arts in the Kingdom

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The Kingdom will set up two new arts academies in an attempt to enlarge the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music and this initiative comes as part of the Quality of Life Program initiatives.

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which was met with tremendous support from both King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom used to be rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr stated, and these art academies will be a great step towards achieving the required academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

In the first phase, two art academies will be established, the first will be specialized in heritage, traditional arts and crafts, and applications will open in the autumn of 2020 with a target of 1,000 students and trainees in the long and short-term programs.

The second academy will be dedicated to music and will have the capacity to enroll 1,000 students and trainees, starting the year 2021.

 

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The Wizard of Oz Musical is Bringing its Magic to Saudi Arabia

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The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) will host for the very first time the great family musical ‘The Wizard of Oz‘ on October 2 till 12th.

The musical will include all the magic that we have all witnessed and lived as kids, what with all the breathtaking choreography, classic songs and the outstanding special effects, all of which will surely dazzle the audience from the moment that tornado hits Kansas.

The musical will feature the following classical songs, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain.”

“A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to an astonishing Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this international treasure on stage.”

We can’t wait to embark with Dorothy on her adventure in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and Emerald City with the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow.

If you and your family are ready to be captivated with some Oz magic, book your tickets online through this link.

Tickets start at SAR 75.

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Saudi Arabia to Host The Anticipated World Heavyweight Title Rematch

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The Kingdom will host the world heavyweight title rematch between Britain’s Anthony Joshua and US champion Andy Ruiz Jr in December, both have arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday ahead of a press conference to promote for their rematch.

The retaliatory clash between Joshua and Ruiz will take place on December 7 in Diriyah, the ‘Clash on the Dunes’ will see Joshua as he tries to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles that he sensationally lost to Ruiz in NYC earlier in June.

“We are delighted in the Kingdom to host the greatest World Heavyweight Boxing Champion,” said Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi Sports General Authority. 

The event is considered as the Kingdom’s latest high-profile sport contest to take place in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

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The Work of Saudi Director Haifaa Al-Mansour Praised at Venice Film Festival

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Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour has walked the red carpet of Venice Film Festival for her latest film ‘A perfect Candidate‘, making her one of just two female directors to have their films screened at the prestigious film festival.

In 2003, Al-Mansour made history when her film Wadjda was the only film submitted to the Academy Awards from the Kingdom, and so this year’s participation in Venice Film Festival is considered to be yet another barrier that she was able to cross over.

 

The movie revolves around a young doctor called Maryam who decides to run for public office and in doing so, she starts to face obstacles along the way that are of course related to gender. The movie takes us on a journey of how the heroine, played by Mila Alzahrani, is trying to break stereotypes and gender inequality.

 

Al-Mansour was joined on the red carpet by Alzahrani and Dhay, who plays the character of Selma. The Saudi director received an outstanding praise and ovation during the premiere of her film, seeing that it is the only Arab film nominated at the festival.

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