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.


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.