Saudi cultural events set to bring history to life at Bujairi

Updated 10 November 2017
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Saudi cultural events set to bring history to life at Bujairi

RIYADH: The first Saudi Antiquities Forum, organized by the SCTH, will be accompanied by a number of artistic, cultural, touristic and social event at King Abdul Aziz Historic Center (KAHC) and the Bujairi neighborhood in Diriyah.

The events at KAHC include: Educational and awareness-raising plays about archaeological excavations and discovery; folk shows; as well as a display of full-length models representing Saudi archaeological and heritage sites, such as Madain Saleh, Salwa Palace, Jeddah Historic District, Al-Okhdood, and Al-Rajajeel.

There will be artisan events and handicraft shows, popular food parlors, men’s costume shows, modern architecture, historical stories about the Kingdom’s civilization and a colors exhibition.

Al-Bujairi Quarter will host a number of events including historic camel convoys, historic fashion shows, architecture displays, historic poems, and photographs illustrating everyday life and activities inspired by historical and cultural heritage.


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.