GEA participates in Jeddah Season with dazzling international performances

Jeddah Season will provide a wide array of seasonal job opportunities and volunteer opportunities for young people. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2019
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GEA participates in Jeddah Season with dazzling international performances

  • •Running for 41 days, the events are being held at King Abdullah Sports City, Obhur, Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), Al-Hamra district and Jeddah Waterfront

JEDDAH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) is participating in the Jeddah Season through a rich array of events, with international entertainments to suit all ages.

The events will take place at five main locations in Jeddah between June 8 and July 18.

GEA’s Jeddah Season encompasses 30 events designed to meet the expectations of entertainment enthusiasts of all tastes and preferences, and to position Jeddah as one of the prime entertainment destinations in the Kingdom.

The Jeddah Season will launch today in Obhur with dazzling fireworks. A series of musical concerts will be organized at the indoor hall in King Abdullah Sports City, featuring Arab stars including Ahlam on June 8, Mohammed Abdu on June 9, and Amr Diab on June 10. There will also be live performances and talent shows in malls within the “XJED” region, as well as a wide selection of family restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers.

Obhur will also witness a car parade and Mobile Theme Park activity featuring carnival and arcade games, in addition to events including Circus 1903, which will present acrobatic and musical performances, a theatrical performance with fire and water shows, and theatrical plays including “Three Days in Sahel” starring Mohammed Hineidi, “King Lear” starring Yahya Fakhrani, and “Kulaha Ghalat.”

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PHOTOS: AL-BALAD JEDDAH SEASON

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The waterfront will also feature a magical performance titled “Stories of Pain and Hope” presented by baroque music genius Antonia Vivaldi and his international orchestra, where music will be combined with a 3D cartoon show. Moreover, King Abdullah Sports City will witness a concert by the famous Korean Band “Super Junior.”

Children will also get their fair share of entertainment with a series of cartoon character performances at the Waterfront tent, featuring the “Care Bears” and “Ice Age”. They can enjoy “Sponge Bob” at the Azazia mall, in addition to live performances featuring the characters of “Shimmer and Shine” at the Red Sea Mall and an educational show and exhibition for children and families at Arab Mall.

Furthermore, comedy lovers will be delighted by a selection of comedy show options including the “Laugh Factory”, known as the No. 1 comedy club in America, at the Jeddah Waterfront. Al Shallal Theme Park will also host several comedy shows including “Cinderella” and a stand-up challenge, in addition to performances by comedians Talal Al Sheiki, Mohammed Sultan, Abdulrahman Al Somali, and Abdulkhaleq bin Rafea.

GEA invites residents and visitors in Jeddah to enjoy Jeddah Season’s unforgettable experience, which will enrich their summer vacation and will be complemented by Jeddah’s beautiful scenery and unique location, adding value to a fulfilling and enjoyable time for the entire family.


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.