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Saudi Art & Cultural Exhibition Launches in Paris

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Prince Badr bin Abdullah, minister of culture and chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, has inaugurated earlier this week an exhibition showcasing Saudi art and culture at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris.

The exhibition is organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Royal Commission for AlUla and Misk Art Institute and it hopes to promote positive image of Saudi Arabia through sharing the Kingdom’s heritage and exchanging cultural perception between the two countries.

19 artists got to display 39 pieces of their work at the exhibition held in Paris, which included contemporary works, bronze sculptures, photographs. The event at which the exhibition was inaugurated also witnessed poetry sessions, live music and culinary arts.

Visitors from across the world will get a true insight on the history of the Kingdom, by walking an exciting journey through time to see the rich heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia, showcased through the eyes of several local artists.

The event saw the presence of Prince Abdullah bin Khalid, the Kingdom’s ambassador to Austria; Noura Al-Kaabi, the Emirati minister of culture and knowledge development; and Park Yang-woo, the Korean minister of culture, sports and Tourism. Saudi and French officials and senior figures from also joined the launching event of the exhibition.

“culture and arts are at the heart of the national transformation through the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to build a vibrant society, a prosperous economy and an ambitious nation.” Prince Badr said during UNESCO’s 40th General Conference.

“Culture is essential to human development and to building bridges of agreement among societies that pave the way for a stronger world, where all peoples are interlinked despite their differences.” He added.

 

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Saudi Red Sea Film Festival to Screen 11 Movies Online

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The Kingdom’s Red Sea International Film Festival will screen 11 movies that have been specially selected as part of its program to highlight the emerging cinematic talents of the Kingdom.

The movies will be previewed online over two weeks on the festival’s official YouTube channel.

The movies selected are “Shame” directed by Abdulla Al-Bin Hamdha, “A DIY of a Dream 101” by Qamar Abdulmalik, “Nonself Portrait” by Asad Badawi, “Extraction of Lunar” by Lulua Al-Dehaiemi, “The Time Has Come” by Ayman Al-Ali, “Algari” by Ahmed Al-Hasawi, “Dissonance” by Moodi Al-Zamil, “A Breath” by Razan Alsagheer, “Remember Me” by Mohammed Hammad, “Color of Sunset” by Haidar Daoud, and “The Sleep Sun Station” by Anhar Salem.

The 11 films picked will be screened digitally between November 18 and 30, they are of different genres and lengths. Each will be available to watch for one week.

Also worth mentioning is that the movie “Last Visit” directed by Abdulmohsen Al-Dabaan and produced by Mohammed Al-Hamoud, opened in Saudi cinemas on Wednesday.

Who will be tuning in to the movies online?

 

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Misk Art Institute Launches Imprint Exhibition Featuring Work By Female Saudi Artists

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Mist Art Foundation, which was established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman launched ‘Imprint’ Exhibition, a digital, film and photography exhibition and it features incredible work by female Saudi artists!

The exhibition has been curated by Latifa Abdul Rahman Al Khalifa and it features some amazing work done by Middle Eastern artists, including 17 from Saudi Arabia, including Saudi women.

“Imprint offers viewers a mirror of sorts – the opportunity to view themselves reflected in the artwork through the multiple interpretations presented in various media.” Says Al Khalifa.

“The artistic perspectives offer a study of Gulf identity while simultaneously examining Arab identity.” She added.

The Mist Art Foundation aims at highlighting the local culture and supporting Saudi artists, by providing them with a platform to display their work and give them the exposure they deserve.

“Our aim at Misk Art Institute is to empower and provide talents the platform they need to express themselves.The creativity of these individuals is a reflection of our culture and a continuation of a journey that was initiated by a long line of pioneering artists.

“Now is the time for these young talents, this is their moment, and we are here to make it happen”, said Reem Alsultan, MAI CEO.

“Imprint” will run until 28th January 2021 and the exhibition is taking place at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Fine Arts Gallery. So hurry up and catch while you still can!

 

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The Kingdom’s Mawhiba Launched a Platform For Saudi’s Creative Minds

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The global conference “Imagine the Future” was held yesterday on the sidelines of the G20 Summit and in collaboration with the G20 Saudi Secretariat, with the participation of international experts in various fields including tech, science and education.

The conference took place on the on the opening day of the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) under the title of “Imagine the Future.”

During the conference, these international experts gave speeches that encourage the youth to look into new opportunities for a diverse future.

Dr. Saud bin Said Al-Mathami, secretary-general of Mawhiba, gave the opening speech, and said the world now understand that talents and creative minds are the ones responsible for the prosperity of nations.

“We are heading toward a re-skilling revolution, and there will be great demand for higher cognitive skills in domains of creativity, innovations and entrepreneurship,” he said.

“They are not consumers of technology, but they are the ones who produce it,” he said, adding that Mawhiba membership is open to all those in the world who are interested in enabling giftedness and creativity.

Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, another chairman of the board of trustees of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), said that innovations achieved by the youth are what help share the Kingdom’s future, and the Saudis have already gone “beyond the idea of imagining.”

“There is nothing better than training, educating and enabling the young to be the leaders of the future and the day they will have to develop for themselves,” he said.

Vision 2030 aims to help the youth reach their full potential, so that they can give back their best.

 

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