Dutch Embassy screens Saudi films

Noura bin Saidan, a top graffiti artist, performs live art at the festival. The event aims to boost the Saudi entertainment sector. (AN photo)
Updated 17 April 2019
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Dutch Embassy screens Saudi films

  • Saudi Arabia rediscovering itself with fantastic initiatives, says Ambassador Joost Reintjes

RIYADH: The Dutch Embassy is screening Saudi films during the two-day Falcon Arts Festival, which started on Tuesday night at the embassy premises in the Diplomatic Quarter.
Thirty-one Saudi movies and two international films will be shown on multiple screens.
“Although cinemas have only been reopened recently, the Saudi filmmaking industry has already made quite a name for itself on the international stage,” Joost Reintjes, Dutch ambassador to Saudi Arabia, told Arab News.
Last year, the Dutch Embassy organized the Golden Falcon Film Festival for the first time.
Its success led to the organization of this year’s festival, whose new name reflects a wider range of arts than just film, said Reintjes.
“We’re very happy to offer a wide range of films, from documentaries to animation,” he added. Many are produced by young, promising Saudi talents.
The Kingdom is rediscovering itself with fantastic initiatives, and its people have inherited a cultural wealth that should make them very proud, he said.
“We’re very happy to see this trend continue and to contribute to it, at least to a small extent, with the Falcon Arts Festival,” he added.
The festival includes musical performances and graffiti art, said Alex van Dongen, a policy officer at the embassy.
“Through this year’s edition we hope to contribute, at least to a small extent, to the creative boom of the Saudi entertainment sector,” he added.
The festival starts at 7:30 p.m. on both days, and online registration is required for entrance.
“As I experienced during my time as a cultural attache in Indonesia and Turkey, movies are a great way to connect people,” Jeroen Gankema, the festival’s director, said.
“With the Falcon Arts Festival, we hope that we’re able to contribute to the development of the Saudi creative sector,” he said.
“The Netherlands is a creative country, and it’s our goal to stimulate cultural cooperation and exchange of ideas between our two countries.”
There are 31 Saudi movies and 2 international movies to be screened at the fest out of which three in each categories are nominees for the awards, which are:
Best Movie: The Investor, Hair, Rules of the game
Best Student Film: 7839, Sadya left Sultan, Anchor, and
Best Script: Investor, Samel, Spoiler


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.