Jazz festival rocks Riyadh

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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
Updated 23 February 2018

Jazz festival rocks Riyadh

RIYADH: The first-ever Groovz Jazz Festival rocked Riyadh on Thursday night.
More than 2,000 people enjoyed art, food and music at the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel, with bands from the US, Britain and the Middle East ensuring a jazzy vibe.
Guests were able to sample their favorite outdoor food while enjoying the music.
Time Entertainment CEO Obad Awad told Arab News the Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days.
He said that despite being announced only five days ago, the event drew a capacity crowd on its first day.
“We are expecting many more people during the next two days and will be making special arrangements to accommodate more visitors,” he said.
Rana Al-Mohamed, a Saudi businesswoman, told Arab News the festival offered jazz-lovers a rare chance to meet.
Omar Al-Ahsan, a graduate student from Britain, said: “We are really happy about this event and expect many more like it in the coming months.”


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah