Saudi Information Ministry praises media role during Hajj

Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad
Updated 06 September 2017

Saudi Information Ministry praises media role during Hajj

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Culture and Information on Monday held its annual ceremony to honor the media and cultural delegations covering the Hajj season this year.
During the ceremony, Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad conveyed the greetings of King Salman and the crown prince to the delegations.
The minister stressed that the Kingdom has the honor to serve the Two Holy Mosques and make use of all its material and human resources to care for pilgrims and looks forward every year to achieving the best level, and providing the best services that help pilgrims to easily perform their duties.
He pointed out that the Ministry of Culture and Information is happy to host and provide technical services necessary for all media and intellectuals, so they are able to perform their duties in covering the Hajj and its blessed rituals.
Al-Awwad stressed that the Kingdom strives to unite ranks and achieve security and peace in various parts of the world, and to fight terrorism that targets Islam and works to distort its image. He noted that terrorism targeted the holiest places but God has defeated its evil. He stressed that the media should be a tool to combat extremism, terrorism and hate speech, and that it should convey the message of peace and spread love and coexistence.
He thanked the media for the efforts exerted and the excellent coverage of the Hajj season, which contributed to the integrated media coverage that allowed the world to know about this great event, and follow the news of pilgrims and share their stories and spiritual experiences through the provision of media platforms with a global dimension.
He also praised the role played by the local media and the Saudi press in highlighting the vital aspects of all the distinguished services provided in all fields by the government of the King Salman.
Al-Awwad considered the local press as one of the main partners in the local and international media in continually keeping up with events and developments.
Other speakers representing Arab, Asian, European and African delegations, delivered speeches in which they expressed thanks for the generous invitation and hosting of the media delegations covering the Hajj season this year.
They congratulated King Salman and the crown prince on the success of the Hajj this year, pointing out that it was a special season. They highlighted the role of the Kingdom and the services it provided, and the projects carried out, which had a great impact on enabling pilgrims to perform their rituals.
They stressed that Saudi Arabia represents the heart of the Islamic world and senses hopes and pains of Muslims everywhere, and strives to achieve unity, cooperation and solidarity in the Islamic world, and to achieve security and peace in the whole world.

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.