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Cornerstone-laying Event for Diriyah Gate Project to be held on Wednesday

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The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) is organizing a cornerstone-laying event on Wednesday for the inauguration of the Diriyah Gate Project at the beginning of next year.

The project hopes to restore the legacy of the ancient city and position it as a cultural heritage project, the main aim is to restore its former state as a local and international destination for tourists from all over the world.

This all falls under the 2030 vision of Saudi Arabia and seeing how Diriyah is one of the most promising and prominent destinations, it only makes sense to put so much focus on it. Especially with such huge events, concerts and activities that are set to take place in the historical area. Including Diriyah Music Festival and Formula E.

The event will see fireworks and an Orchestra performance, to celebrate the inauguration of Diriyah Gate Project at the beginning of 2020.

Also worth mentioning is that the project is considered as one of the biggest ones in the Kingdom’s plans, with a cost of more than SR64 billion ($17 billion).

The project will feature exhibitions, restaurants and arts academies that will launch educational initiatives in local specializations, including Arabic calligraphy, Islamic arts, Najdi architectural style, Najdi cuisine arts, theater, and Arab music

This way, the destination will turn to a mix between traditional urban communities and is expected to attract 25 to 30 million visitors annually. Visitors who will get to enjoy a world-class cultural and educational facilities which will include museums and galleries offering tourists fun and interactive experiences.

 

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Year of Arabic Calligraphy Extended Into 2021

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Year of Arabic Calligraphy Extended Into 2021

The Ministry of Culture has announced the extension of the Year of Arabic Calligraphy campaign into 2021 due to the current crisis of the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan tweeted the announcement earlier on Sunday.

 

“Due to the exceptional circumstances, and what the world is witnessing in the coronavirus pandemic, the Year of Arabic Calligraphy 2020 has been extended into 2021. We will overcome this crisis and continue to fulfill our dreams,” the minister tweeted.

The year-long celebration was designed to show the true identity of Saudi Arabia and to be a source of inspiration for artists around the world. In addition to highlighting the importance and historical significance of Arabic calligraphy.

The year of Arabic calligraphy will also play a vital role in passing down the language through generations, the generations that are close to losing their mother language.

Artists were invited to submit ideas and project proposals that highlights Arabic calligraphy, and winners were to be provided partial or full financial media and logistical sponsorship from the ministry.

“The impact of the current circumstances and the Kingdom’s efforts in limiting the spread of the coronavirus necessitated the postponement of many cultural events organized by the Ministry of Culture.” The ministry’s official spokesman, Abdulkareem Al-Hameed, said.

Let us all look at this extension as an opportunity for us all who are interested to join, to have the time to come up with different artistic ideas to take part and win not as an unfortunate news.

Visit the Ministry’s website for more information.

 

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Organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai Are Studying A Potential One-Year Postponement

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Organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai Are Studying A Potential One-Year Postponement

The long-awaited global event Expo 2020 Dubai was set to kick start six months from now, but due to the current unfortunate events, organizers of the event are currently looking into postponing the event till next year.

 

In a conference call that brought together members of the event’s steering committee, which comprises local government officials and foreign country representatives, all agreed that a delay is indeed needed and that the Paris-based based Bureau International des Expositions, or BIE, should study this option. The BIE awards the global event and its member states will have the final say regarding the matter.

“The World’s Greatest Show” was expected to witness the arrival of around 11 million overseas visitors who were eager to come and enjoy the event’s unique medley culture, business, trade, and technology featuring pavilions from 192 countries.

“The global situation is fast moving, and remains unpredictable,” the event’s managing director, Reem Al Hashemi, said in a statement issued on state news agency WAM.

For years now, organizers and officials have regarded the showcase exhibition as the perfect boost for Dubai’s economy and billions of dollars have already been spent on marketing, building hotels and facilities for the global event.

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Art Dubai Doesn’t Deny Artists From This Year’s Edition and Goes Virtual

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Art Dubai Doesn't Deny Art Enthusiasts From This Year's Edition By Going Virtual

The long-awaited art event ‘Art Dubai‘ has decided to go virtual instead of having to cancel or postpone due to the coronavius outbreak and we’re just lucky to have the opportunity to tour the exhibition from the safety of our homes.

The elevated unique experience has become available online on the 25th of March and is still ongoing, over the past days, Art Dubai has succeeded in garnering 53,520 unique page views on its website and 60,000 views on Facebook.

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Given the evolving global situation and official guidelines around public gatherings, the Art Dubai reconfigured programme will focus on digital content launched on the week of March 23, 2020. . Digital components include the 2020 Online Catalogue, a Global Art Forum live-broadcast and an Online Performance Programme curated by Marina Fokidis. . In the coming weeks, a new series of “Planetary Feeds” will gather interviews, insights, personal impressions and other content by contributors from around the world. . As always, our commitment remains to the well-being of all our participants, contributors and partners, and we extend our shared empathy to everyone in these challenging times. . #artdubai #dubai #online #digital #catalogue #performance #GAF #planetaryfeeds

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Art Dubai’s 2020 digital programme offers an online catalog and an online performance programme curated by Marina Fokidis.  Commissioner of Global Art Forum, ShumonBasar, who said in a statement, “Reality has shifted suddenly. Physical gatherings aren’t possible. So the Global Art Forum needed an emergency format. So, I thought, why not do a special broadcast edition of the Forum that addresses the new stories emerging from this moment of global narrative collapse? And do this collectively, with a group of brilliant thinkers, all of whom have something nourishing and provoking to say.”

UAE galleries including Ayyam Gallery, Carbon 12, Custot Gallery, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Leila Heller Gallery and Meem Gallery will all be participating in Art Dubai online this year.

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TODAY: As normal life is paused in much of the world and the immediate future is canceled, our shared present feels strange and precarious. ⁠ ⁠ Join us at 18:00 UAE / 14:00GMT for Global Art Forum's "Newshour Special", a live broadcast dedicated to the stories and narratives shaping the current coronavirus fallout. ⁠ ⁠ Hosted by Global Art Forum’s Commissioner, Shumon Basar, this Newshour Special will include conversations with Dubai based guests @lawrenceabuhamdan, @brmcgetrick, and @ragudipudi; and international conversations with artists @sden023 and @jennasutela, curator @marinafokidis, Futurist in Chief @dubaifuture Dr. @noah_raford; plus new video content from artists Ana Maria Nicolaescu and @nablayahya. Plus, Music for Homes will be debuted by Farah Al Qasimi.⁠ ⁠ Tune in to our Website or Facebook page to watch the talks live stream (link in bio). ⁠ ⁠ #GlobalArtForum #ArtDubai #Dubai #Newshourspecial #Coronavirus #Fallout #Livebroadcast #UAE #AD2020 @shumonbasar @motf_ae @art_jameel @dubaifuture @jameelartscentre @anamnic @farah.q_96

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We love how art survived all of this and made magnificent art works by artists including, Frank Stella, Mohamed Melehi and Hamra Abbas available to us all from the comfort of our sofas!

Purchase inquiries were made online as well, and you can now check the amazing artwork through this link.

 

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