King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA scouting for next gen contemporary artists

Updated 19 November 2017
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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA scouting for next gen contemporary artists

JEDDAH: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA has launched an artists’ competition set to bring in a new generation of young contemporary artists. The first of its kind, the competition aims to provide a wider platform for more innovation and creativity among the art community. Further enriching and helping transform society to a more art savvy community.
In collaboration with Art Dubai, ITHRA is calling for all Saudi contemporary artists to partake in the competition. The center is intended to foster local talents and present them on an international scale.
Founded in 2007, Art Dubai is a leading international art fair that takes place every March. Art Dubai’s Executive Director Benedetta Ghione said: ‘We are delighted about the collaboration with ITHRA. The collaboration is at its early stages, and we are looking forward to seeing the final outcome of the competition.’
ITHRA will include the winning artwork in its prestigious permanent collection, sufficient funding for developing and shipping fees, and will also showcase their work at Art Dubai from March 21-24, 2018.
“We are excited at the prospect of discovering a new generation of contemporary artists as well as developing existing ones. We look forward to keep inspiring and supporting local talent,” said a representative at ITHRA.
ITHRA, a bold initiative by Aramco, was a specialized center set on to promote cultural development in the Kingdom. Located in Dhahran, the center features an auditorium, library, cinema, exhibition hall and a museum. Its art center features four halls; a contemporary art gallery, an Islamic Heritage gallery, Saudi Heritage and a geology and geography hall showcasing an immersive journey in Saudi Arabia’s topography. The speculated official opening is set for 2018.


‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) holds its 43rd session in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 21 October 2018
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‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

  • The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts

JEDDAH: The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) held its 43rd session in Makkah, with senior scholars and ministers from Muslim countries in attendance.
The council expressed solidarity with the Saudi leadership and people, and condemned attempts to target the Kingdom, saying its stability and security are a red line for the Muslim world.
The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts, and its fight against extremism and terrorism.
The great place that the Kingdom occupies in the hearts of Muslims is founded on a sincere and firm belief in its care for Muslim sanctity, the council said, adding that targeting Saudi stability also affects international stability.
The council discussed several matters, including the Palestinian cause, developments in Syria and Yemen, the tragedy of Myanmar’s Rohingya people, the fight against extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh, and the importance of promoting dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures.
It also discussed the well-being of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries, expressing regret and concern about Islamophobia, and calling for peaceful coexistence.
The council urged Muslims in these countries to fulfil their duty to educate their children, and protect them from deviant ideologies and groups that use religion as a pretext to justify terrorism and extremism.
It also urged Muslims in these countries to use legitimate channels to enjoy their just religious and cultural rights, to contribute to societal development, and to support stability and integration.
The council highlighted the MWL’s efforts and international presence in influential platforms, especially in the West.
Islamophobia is creating serious rifts in multicultural societies and damaging the social contract based on equal citizenship, the council said.
It expressed its full support for the MWL’s programs and activities that highlight the truth about Islam and its values, promote intellectual and religious awareness among Muslim minorities, and spread the values of toleration, moderation and peace.
The council reviewed the MWL’s efforts against radicalization and terrorism, including international collaborative programs, conferences, forums, statements and visits to Muslim and non-Muslim countries.
It noted the MWL’s efforts to promote dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures, including its secretary-general’s meeting with Vatican leaders, the signing of a historic cooperation agreement with the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue, and organizing an international peace conference at Oxford University.
The council agreed to establish an international center for cultural exchanges, as part of its support for the Conference on Cultural Rapprochement between the US and the Muslim World.
The council stressed the importance of building good East-West relations and launching initiatives to foster cooperation, cultural exchanges and positive values.
“Only 10 percent of our common principles are sufficient to bring peace and harmony to our world,” said MWL Secretary-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.