Almost 3.5m people attend Eid events across Saudi Arabia

First day of Eid in the Kingdom was Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2019
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Almost 3.5m people attend Eid events across Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Almost 3.5 million people attended Eid Al-Fitr events organized by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

The ministry, which organized 991 events throughout the Kingdom, gave 136,739 gifts to visitors, especially children. It set up thousands of gardens, public parks, squares and beaches to receive citizens and residents, who expressed their appreciation of its efforts.

Field teams were assigned to follow up on the events, which included commemorative, heritage, sports and theatrical activities. Riyadh’s secretariat and its affiliated municipalities organized 266 events, received almost 2 million people and distributed 20,000 gifts to children.

Madinah’s secretariat received 161,840 visitors, who attended 115 events and received 5,600 gifts.

Taif’s secretariat organized 33 events that were attended by 150,042 people, and 3,600 gifts were distributed. Qassim’s secretariat organized 108 events with a turnout of 99,253 visitors who received 43,700 gifts. SPA Riyadh

Al-Baha’s secretariat organized 27 events attended by 92,602 people, with 5,000 gifts distributed to children. The Eastern Province’s secretariat organized 16 events attended by 57,827 people, with more than 6,000 gifts distributed.

In Al-Ahsa, five events were organized and attended by 164,708 people, with children receiving 1,100 gifts. Jazan’s secretariat organized 81 events with a turnout of 45,500 people, who received 5,500 gifts.

The Northern Borders’ secretariat organized 44 events attended by 57,034 people, who received 3,265 gifts. Makkah’s secretariat organized 13 events and received 9,900 people, who received 5,000 gifts. Jeddah’s secretariat organized 13 events attended by 549,961 people, who received more than 18,000 gifts. Several more events were organized by the municipal authorities in different cities across the Kingdom.

 


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.