Saudi visual artists take part in Qatif transformation project 

Misk Art Institute is one of Misk’s initiatives that seek to enrich the artistic culture and support creative experiences by organizing events that connect artists. (SPA)
Updated 15 April 2019

Saudi visual artists take part in Qatif transformation project 

  • Misk Art launches Tajalat initiative to promote national cohesion
  • Saudi artists excited over the opportunity to showcase Kingdom’s cultural diversity

QATIF, Eastern Province: The Misk Art Institute has launched Tajalat initiative in Qatif as part of the central Awamiyah project to bring together visual artists from all across Saudi Arabia to carry a message of love by promoting the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. 

Misk Art Institute is one of Misk’s initiatives that seek to enrich the artistic culture and support creative experiences by organizing events that connect artists. It is a cultural organization operating under the auspices of the Misk Foundation, established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

The central Awamiyah project in Qatif was opened on Jan. 31 by the governor of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Prince Saud bin Naif. Local Mayor Fahd Al-Jubair said he was delighted at the progress made in central Awamiyah, which he hailed as one of the most ambitious transformations in the Kingdom.

“The inauguration of the central Awamiyah project is a vital step in the comprehensive development of Qatif and its cities, so that it remains a cultural hub,” he said.

Twenty-two male and female visual artists are taking part in the initiative that will help transform the area into a jewel of Saudi urban heritage. Misk Arts Institute CEO Reem Sultan extended thanks to Qatif people for hosting the Tajalat initiative. She said the institute always works on initiatives that support art and artists throughout the Kingdom.  

The Saudi Press Agency quoted several artists as saying that the initiative is an extension of the success of its first edition that was launched as part of the Winter at Tantora cultural festival in Al-Ula. It aims to provide artists a platform to discuss the Saudi art scene and promote creative activities in the Kingdom, they said.

Munir Al-Hajji, a visual artist from Qatif, said the initiative is very important as it promotes different art forms and contributes to promoting the message of love and peace and showcases Saudi Arabia’s rich history and bright future through art.     

He said several artists from different parts of the Kingdom are taking part in the second season of the initiative. “Taking part in the initiative is an honor,” Al-Hajji said. He said the artists see this as an opportunity to their nation and to boost national cohesion.

Many artists see this event as an opportunity to promote the diverse culture of the Kingdom and to achieve unity through diversity.

Al-Hajji stressed the importance of organizing such events for the preservation of regional and national heritage.

Abdullah Al-Tamimi from Riyadh said the initiative carries a message of peace, security and love among Saudi citizens. He lauded the Misk Foundation for this initiative.

Visual artist Layla Nasrallah from Qatif said that organizing this initiative is a dream come true to the region’s young men and women. She said the participation of visual artists from all over the Kingdom represents a cultural dimension. “Art is a message and it is the responsibility of artists to deliver it to future generations,” she said.

Youssef bin Ahmed Jaha, an artist from Makkah, said such initiatives help enrich the creative experiences of artists.

Visual Artist Sima Abed Al-Hay from Qatif stressed the importance of the initiative that constitutes a new beginning featuring the cultural and heritage aspect of the Kingdom.

Visual Artist Zaman Jassem from Qatif was delighted at the participation of so many visual artists, who got the opportunity to showcase their work through the Tajalat initiative. 

He said the initiative reflects the diverse cultures thriving across the Kingdom. Jassem said the initiative aims to promote humanitarianism and development and it seeks to promote peace and harmony.

 

QATIF, Eastern Province: The Misk Art Institute has launched Tajalat initiative in Qatif as part of the central Awamiyah project to bring together visual artists from all across Saudi Arabia to carry a message of love by promoting the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. 

Saudi visual artists take part in Qatif transformation project 

 


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”