Saudi culture society launches institute for arts and culture training

The play, ‘Life of an Emperor,’ is acted out on stage in Riyadh. (AN file photo)
Updated 03 October 2018
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Saudi culture society launches institute for arts and culture training

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) is launching a training institute to promote culture and arts, in a new initiative to develop performance and technical skills.
The “Institute of Culture and Arts for Training” or "Thaqqif" is aimed at creating an environment conducive to the advancement of culture and arts in the Kingdom.
Omar Saif, chairman of SASCA said “the institute aims to fulfill the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to support talents in culture and arts, and invest their talents and energies, while creating opportunities and various options in culture and arts field.”
Saif said the aim of establishing the institute is to create an official reference to issue accreditation licenses for training talents in the field of culture and arts in the Kingdom.
The institute seeks to offer courses and programs in fine arts, photography, calligraphy, digital arts and design, as well as programs in art writing, music, theater and folklore arts, filmmaking, and cinema.
The first courses will be launched in November, and will cover all of SASCA's branches, under the supervision of a specialized team in each branch.
SASCA was established in 1973 as a civil society institution to be the first sponsor of all cultural and artistic activities in the Saudi Arabia.


Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

Updated 21 October 2018
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Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

  • Saudi official told Reuters that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team
  • The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters

DUBAI: The instructions of the head of the Khashoggi mission were based on a previous directive to negotiate the return of members of opposition, a Saudi official told Reuters in a report published on Sunday.

The source said that the primary reports on the mission were not accurate so they had to investigate further, and that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team.

The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters.

The previous negotiation directive did not require the person in charge to obtain approvals from leadership, the official added.

According to the Saudi official’s reports to Reuters, primary findings showed that the death was a result of choking during at attempt to stop Khashoggi from raising his voice.

The negotiation team disobeyed orders, abused their authority and used violence, and there are 18 suspects in the Khashoggi case and they are currently detained pending an investigation, according to the official.

(Developing)