Sri Lankan Muslim cultural program to be held on Friday

Updated 15 March 2017
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Sri Lankan Muslim cultural program to be held on Friday

RIYADH: Arrangements are being made to hold a Sri Lankan Muslim cultural program for more than 1,000 community members at the King Fahd Cultural Center on Friday. 
The event is organized by a group comprising 15 Sri Lankan Muslim organizations under the umbrella of the Sri Lankan Embassy, headed by Ambassador Azmi Thassim. 
Thareek Thameem, one of the members of the organizing committee, said the program is open to all Sri Lankans irrespective of their faiths. 
The event which will start at 4:30 p.m., will include a variety show, a book stall, game zone, a blood donation corner, and a documentary film on Sri Lanka to highlight tourism. 
He said the idea of the program is not only to provide entertainment to the members of the community, but also to create an awareness of Muslims and their culture among the islanders.
Arrangements, he said, have been made to cater to all age groups of Sri Lankans and families, who are most welcome to participate in the event.
“We have made arrangements to provide refreshments and dinner for all visitors at the end of the show,” Thameem said. 
Thassim told Arab News that this is the first time such an event has been organized by the Muslim community.
The event is part of the cultural activities of the mission and other communities, who regularly organize similar events. Such events, he said, promote intercommunal amity among Sri Lankans living in the Kingdom.


Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

German artists perform at Goethe-Institut in Riyadh on Tuesday night. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

  • German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter

RIYADH: German musicians on tour in Saudi Arabia said they were “astonished” by the response to their concerts.
The artists played six gigs over 10 days at multiple venues.
On Tuesday evening in Riyadh the Goethe-Institut hosted Birgit Erichson and Vasil Laghidze, who performed Schubert’s “Winter Journey.”
The lyrics, by Wilhelm Müller, were recited in German by Claudia Ziegeler and — in a world premiere — in Arabic by the Saudi poet Dr. Adel Khamees Alzhrani.
“We are astonished at how the audience in Riyadh and Jeddah responded,” said pianist Laghidze. “We got overwhelming support from music lovers. The audience here is very enthusiastic.”
On Monday German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter.
Laghidze and cellist Erichson were joined by violinist Ulrich Beetz, with the trio delighting a national and international gathering with music from Haydn, Schubert and Dvorak.
An embassy press officer told Arab News the musicians were well-received amid “thunderous applause.”
The French Consul General El-Mostafa Mihraje hosted the trio’s performance of an all-Debussy concert, including the famous Clair de Lune, played under the stars.
Other venues for the visiting artists included the German diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah, the French Consulate General in Jeddah and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a research institute in Thuwal.