Saudi Arabia’s Tanween creativity festival gets off to a flying start in Dhahran

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Tanween creativity festival opens. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Tanween creativity festival opens. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 14 October 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Tanween creativity festival gets off to a flying start in Dhahran

  • Tanween, a 17-day creativity festival at the arts center in Dhahran that will explore creativity in art, music, film, theater, science, literature, cultural heritage and entrepreneurship
  • During the official launch, Nasser also toured a hall filled with fantastical installations, including a giant block floating in the air

DHAHRAN: Three, two, one, lift-off! With the press of a button, Ithra’s distinctive, futuristic tower was illuminated on Thursday night by a rocket launch. The 3D animated spectacle signaled the start of Tanween, a 17-day creativity festival at the arts center in Dhahran that will explore creativity in art, music, film, theater, science, literature, cultural heritage and entrepreneurship.

Amin H. Nasser, the president and CEO of Aramco, pressed the button for the first public viewing of the light show, but for the next three weeks other visitors will get a chance to do the same, setting off a display projected onto the tower featuring 3D images representing the festival’s themes of fashion, science, manufacturing and art.

During the official launch, Nasser also toured a hall filled with fantastical installations, including a giant block floating in the air. He was accompanied by other VIP guests, including Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, the president of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and chair of the board of the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage. Some of the officials laughed like children as they pretended to lift the block and gazed in wonder at bubbles falling from the ceiling. 

This is just the beginning of an event sure to delight the senses of all who visit. In addition to exhibits and a series of workshops, there will also be talks featuring special guests. Friday’s guests include former “Mythbusters” star and special effects whiz Adam Savage. BBC TV science presenter Greg Foot will also appear during the event.


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