Initiative aims to boost creative local businesses

Updated 15 November 2014
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Initiative aims to boost creative local businesses

The Saudi National Creative Initiative (SNCI) was launched here recently to find and develop creative local businesses that can create jobs for young people and boost the country’ economy.
According to its website, the SNCI is a joint venture between the Tashkeel Creativity and Development Company in Jeddah, the University of Business and Technology, the University of Barcelona, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Goethe Institute and German consulate.
The SNCI program will be implemented in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar in two phases, from 2015 to 2017 and 2017 to 2019.
Members of the initiative’s advisory board in attendance included Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Maha Fitaihi, Shadi Khawandanah, Khaled Almaeena, Abdullah Dahlan, and representatives of government agencies and foreign cultural missions.
Sofana Dahlan, an SNCI board member and founder of Tashkeel, said: “This process will enable us to design effective development programs, based on statistics and precise data obtained from the innovators themselves.”
The aim is to support and boost the diversification of the Saudi economy, in a way that will have a positive impact on local society, she said. The initiative is based on four pillars — the Saudi creative weeks; SNCI portal, the first online directory for Saudi creatives; the SNCI report on creative industries; and the SNCI conference.
The first Saudi creative week will start in March with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany, which is sponsoring the furniture and home accessories design week, including a series of workshops, talks and exhibitions.


Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

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Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month

DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.