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.