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.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.