Grammy winners to bring excitement as International Jazz Festival comes to Saudi Arabia's west coast

Updated 20 March 2018

Grammy winners to bring excitement as International Jazz Festival comes to Saudi Arabia's west coast

JEDDAH: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) will host the on March 22 and 23. The festival, organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), will showcase 10 musicians, including modern masters of jazz and Grammy-award-winning artists. It will take place on a stage built by the Red Sea.

Guests will be able to sample food while enjoying the music.

A robust entertainment industry comes within the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to raise the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP from three percent to six percent.

The objectives also aim to localize 50 percent of the entertainment sector, as Saudis spend around SR80 billion annually on entertainment outside the Kingdom.

KAEC is hosting a number of festivals due to its eagerness to achieve cultural diversity.

Tickets are on sale in all Virgin Megastore branches or online via http://ticketingboxoffice.com. For more information about the festival, visit http://kaecjazzfest.com


Misk Academy launches interactive platform in Saudi Arabia

Misk Academy has worked since its inception to launch a number of educational and development programs in the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Misk Academy launches interactive platform in Saudi Arabia

  • Misk Academy has worked since its inception to launch a number of educational and development programs in technical skills

RIYADH: The Misk Academy, part of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk), launched on Monday the Misk Academy Forum “1 Hour Panel Talk,” a regular monthly interactive discussion platform, featuring a group of experts and specialists on various topics including technology, leadership and digital media.

The platform aims to transfer expertise and raise awareness of digital media fields, and to provide young people interested in the world of media with the information they need to develop the future of the sector in the Kingdom.
The first panel discussion that took place at Prince Sultan University, under the theme “The Future of Animation in Saudi Arabia”, hosted the CEO of Manga Production Company, Essam Bukhari, filmmaker and director Ayman Jamal, whose film “Bilal” topped the list of the top 10 animated films of 2018, the designer, creative director and animation producer Malik Nejer, owner of the “Masameer” (Nails) series, and Umar Ben Dahloos, the noted painter and artistic director of Ubrand.

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In the presence of more than 100 young filmmakers and media professionals, the panel discussion assessed local experiences compared to global ones, presenting the challenges facing animators in the Kingdom.

In the presence of more than 100 young filmmakers and media professionals, the panel discussion assessed local experiences compared to global ones, presenting the challenges facing animators in the Kingdom.
Misk Academy has worked since its inception to launch a number of educational and development programs in technical skills, financial technology programs and creative digital media, with the aim of training and qualifying young Saudis to become the country’s next generation of entrepreneurs, developers, creatives and engineers.
To date, its programs have taught more than 9,000 people in more than 30 cities and provinces in the Kingdom, with a career development success rate of 80 percent.