Saudi theater talents rise as curtain falls on Jeddah week



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Published — Monday 9 September 2013

Last update 1 October 2013 4:53 am

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The Jeddah Theater Week concluded on Saturday after presenting seven plays.
The Saudi Cultural and Art Society organized the event with the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Information at the Literary Cultural Club Jeddah.
The aim of the week was to promote Saudi theater, artists and Saudi production companies, producers and filmmakers from around the Kingdom.
The first play of the theater was Hijazi thread games tunes, opening a window to the Hijaz region and its culture and traditions. Hamid Al-Ghamdi presented the play and Ahmed Al-Saman directed it. The audience loved the theme and appreciated the presentation.
Director of Jeddah Theater Week Riyan Sika said that he would continue to promote Saudi talent and theater and will organize more festivals with the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Information.
Saud Al-Shaikhi, head of the Ministry of Culture and Information’s branch in Makkah, appreciated the efforts of all the participants who worked hard to present their message and entertained the Jeddah audience. He also said there is a lot of talent among Saudi theater artists but they never got a chance to express themselves on a large platform. There are no specialized schools and institutes for them to learn more and polish their talent.
He also said that the plays were full of information about society’s problems, providing solutions and highlighting issues that begged to be tackled.
Through this festival the ministry tried to give artists and theater makers as much support as they needed to bring their talent in front of an audience, said Al-Shaikhi. This support will continue.
The audience loved the theater and all its plays. The last play ‘Hala Bara’ by Kusar Media was very much appreciated. The message of the play was that in olden days people did not have lavish lifestyles but they had feelings. Now we don’t have any feelings but a modern life, technology and luxurious living. We seem to be forgetting our values and what matters most.
The set displayed a coffee shop where people come and go. It used to be a place where people would sit together and share their feelings. Nowadays not much of that is left.
The theater festival was observed by the Chairman of the Saudi Cultural and Art Society Sultan Bazai, Abdul Aziz Ismail, director of the Saudi Culture and Arts Associations as well as a number of artists and dignitaries.

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