Sri Lanka envoy to compatriots: Help Saudis implement Vision 2030

Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim, second left, and Sumith Roy Weerakody, president of the Sri Lanka Cultural Forum in Dammam, third left, at the 69th Independence Day celebrations in Dammam. (AN photo)
Updated 13 February 2017
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Sri Lanka envoy to compatriots: Help Saudis implement Vision 2030

RIYADH: In an Independence Day message to the Sri Lankan community in the Eastern Province, Ambassador Azmi Thassim urged community members to cooperate with Saudi authorities to implement Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.
He was speaking at his country’s 69th Independence Day celebrations organized by the Sri Lanka Cultural Forum in Dammam on Friday.
To begin the event, Thassim unfurled the national flag amid the beat of drums, then community members joined the choir to recite the national anthem.
The Kingdom hosts the largest population of Sri Lankan overseas workers, which numbers 1.5 million.
A large number of expatriates from all walks of life were present at the morning function to meet and greet one another.
Patriotic songs were sung, and dances to depict Sri Lankan culture were performed to entertain the audience. Typical Sri Lankan dishes were served to guests.
Thassim urged his countrymen to contribute to the progress and development of the Kingdom, and to build a better Sri Lanka.
He said his country’s new government is working to create a new political culture and economic system, as well as communal harmony.


World’s leading young violinist to give two concerts in Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 July 2018
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World’s leading young violinist to give two concerts in Saudi Arabia

  • The performances will take place on July 21 at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh and at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah on July 23
  • Chloe Chua of Singapore will be accompanied at the Riyadh concert by pianist Gordon Back, artistic director of the Menuhin competition

JEDDAH: Chloe Chua, junior winner of this year’s world-renowned Menuhin competition, is to perform in Riyadh and Jeddah.

The performances, organized by the General Authority for Culture (GAC) in Saudi Arabia, will take place on Saturday, July 21 at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh, while Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah will host the second concert on Monday, July 23 when Saudi pianist Eman Gusti will also perform.

Chua, the 11-year-old from Singapore, won the competition, considered a major international contest for young violinists.

Her talent began to be recognized when at the age of four she joined the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. She also came first in the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition last year.

She will be accompanied at the Riyadh concert by pianist Gordon Back, artistic director of the Menuhin competition.

Back is a key contributor to major international violin competitions including the Queen Elizabeth in Brussels, the Carl Flesch in London, the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in the US, and the Menuhin Competition in the UK. 

His recordings include Bach and Schumann sonatas for violin and piano with French violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow, a series with British clarinetist Emma Johnson, and in 2011 he recorded all of 19th-century Moravian composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s works with Czech violinist Josef Spacek.

The fact that these two concerts have been organized displays the GAC’s commitment to featuring internationally renowned artists in the Kingdom. This type of event raises awareness of classical music, and is part of the GAC’s drive to provide diverse artistic experiences to audiences in the Kingdom.