Eid events at King Salman Social Center focus on heritage

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The cultural activities include traditional dances, folkloric songs, operettas, games, plays and a fashion show. (SPA)
Updated 09 June 2019
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Eid events at King Salman Social Center focus on heritage

  • Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation celebrated Eid Al-Fitr by holding many relevant events and activities at the Kingdom’s airports

RIYADH: Riyadh municipality concluded its Eid Al-Fitr celebrations at the King Salman Social Center with a myriad of cultural activities that included traditional dances, folkloric songs, operettas, games, plays and a fashion show.
One such play was presented by female students from Princess Nourah bint Abdul Rahman University and King Saud University, who performed “Musarqaah,” a production that addresses social issues in a comic context.
Students from Princess Nourah University also performed a traditional Japanese umbrella show.
Yemen’s consulate presented various shows, including one that highlighted the country’s ceremonial customs and traditions of women. The consulate also featured a clothes and trinkets pavilion, as well as a fashion show.
Dr. Samah Riadh Malhu, the Yemeni Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic attache, said the women’s department at the consulate performed three types of folkloric dances, hosted a clothes and crafts pavilion, and showcased heritage products such as incense.
Sudan also took part with a number of shows, most notably a wedding procession and Sudanese dances.
The celebrations concluded by announcing the winners of a contest for the best Eid greeting message, an effort to show appreciation for the brave soldiers on duty at the southern borders.

Eid with passengers
Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) celebrated Eid Al-Fitr by holding many relevant events and activities at the Kingdom’s airports.
Passengers were greeted and bid farewell with flowers and gifts; the airports had Eid decorations and greeting statements; and folkloric shows were held.
King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah gave passengers flowers, sweets and souvenirs.
King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh held many events, including folkloric and Ardeh dance shows. Passengers were offered sweets, flowers and souvenirs.
King Fahd International Airport in Dammam held several events, and had an area dedicated to children’s entertainment.
Children from the Charity Association for Orphans Care at Eastern Region (BENAA) enjoyed the celebrations and participated in offering passengers flowers and gifts.
At Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah, the Tibah Airports Operation Co. offered workers and passengers flowers, sweets and gifts.


Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019
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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.