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Egyptian Violinist Mahmoud Sorour Teaches at Riyadh’s First Musical Institute

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Following the establishment of the Kingdom’s first musical institute, Egyptian violinist  Mohmoud Sorour taught his first lesson at the Riyadh’s institute.

The musician has gained a good reputation since his first performance in the Kingdom last year, when he performed alongside other regional stars such as Mohammed Abdo, Majid Al-Muhandis, and Rashed Al-Majed.

The request for Sorour to teach the students came directly from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and he is to teach 50 Saudi violinists and get them ready to perform at a new Opera house that is scheduled for completion by 2022.

Last Saturday, Sorour taught three classes with 5 students in each, marking it as just the beginning of his role in the institute, the buzz created around the musician have already attracted hundreds of inquiries asking about the availability of his classes.

The main focus of his classes will be on Arabic music, instead of the music of Western Composers.

“Not only is it easier for the students to start with, but it also pays tribute to our own culture. I myself studied with European or Russian teachers. I want to give my students a more personalized experience than I had.” Sorour said.

With decades of experience in the musical scene and being a well-known figure in the Arab music world, Sorour makes the perfect fit for such an important position that comes along with it a huge responsibility.

His most recent performance was at the Winter at Tantora cultural festival, that was just recently held and witnessed a number of incredible musicians including Yanni.

So far around 250 people had registered in the institute, and Sorour expects this number to double in the near future. Classes are available to all segments, and doesn’t require certain musical abilities.

Sorour’s goal is to well train young aspiring musicians; in order for them to assemble a Saudi national orchestra.

 

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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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Nadine Labaki to Strike Again With the New Film ‘1982’

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After the movie Capernaum broke a number of records and made it to the Academy Awards, Nadine Labaki will soon bless our screens with her latest participation in the movie 1982 and we can’t wait!

The debut feature, that is directed by Oualid Mouaness, will take us back to the eighties during the Siege of Beirut and will feature Labaki in the role of a school teacher named Yasmeen.

The movie tells the story of Wissam, an 11-year-old who is trying to gather up his courage and confess his love to Joanaa, his classmate but just when he is about to do so, an air strike hits Beirut and with it begins the war…

1982, is currently in post-production and it has just been announced that it will be among the other Arab films being shown at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

 

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A Guide on How to Spend Your Eid Differently this Year

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We’re finally in the last weekend the separates us from Eid Al-Adha and we better make the best out of this somewhat long vacation and enjoy it while it while it lasts!

The following our own suggestions on how to spend your Eid differently this year and make the most of it.

1- Enjoy a movie outside!

 

This is a reminder that Taif Season is having the first outdoor cinema in a garden with some of the latest hits, including Alaadin, Toy Story 4 and more! The movies that are certainly suitable for a nice family day out.

2- Color Marathon

 

From the 15th till 17th of August, you can enjoy a colorful run similar to the color marathon that was held earlier this year. Besides it being a fun way to spend the day with friends, there are also valuable prizes for winners.

3- Swim with the Dolphins

Yes, you read that right! Swimming with dolphins is one of the many fun and refreshing activities that you can enjoy at Fakeih Aquarium in Jeddah, afterwards you can enjoy a fine dining experience at their Blue Ocean restaurant.

4- Discover Countries at Souk Okaz

 

Souk Okaz gives you the chance of discovering different cities all in one place, from Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon to Oman and more, indulge on the culture of several cities without having to travel far.

The event is available this entire month for you to enjoy!

5- Enjoy Eid Fireworks

 

Ward Village will have an amazing fireworks show on the first and second day of Eid, and then on every weekend afterwards. Don’t miss on the festivities and Eid vibes during Taif Season!

6- Go hiking

 

If you truly are looking for a unique way to spend you Eid then hiking is your way to doing this! It is the perfect way to bond with your family or friends away from the city noise and technology.

Excited? Then click here for more details on hiking activities.

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