Jeddah Season takes music lovers on magical journey with Vivaldi light show

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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 14 June 2019

Jeddah Season takes music lovers on magical journey with Vivaldi light show

  • The show was a collection of some of Vivaldi’s best works

JEDDAH: Visitors to the Jeddah Season of festivities were taken on a magical musical journey during a spectacular light show about the turbulent life of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi.

The Vivaldianno production put a twist on the story of one of the greatest Baroque composers with the use of 3-D projections and lasers to narrate the highs and lows of the music genius.

The show was a collection of some of Vivaldi’s best works including his “Four Seasons,” in which he gave musical representation to each season of the year played on a group of four violin concerti.

The story started with a narration of the day Vivaldi was born in 1678 in Venice, when it was said that an earthquake shook the city. The infant Vivaldi almost died at birth but as the show revealed was given the breath of life by a mirror with a black frame.

Narrators in Venetian masks went on to depict Vivaldi as a young musician, playing instruments to professional standards from the age of seven.

His career properly kick-started when he was 25 years old, and there were mentions of him finding the mirror and devoting his life to writing and composing music.

He was seen as an isolated and lonely man who spent all of his time working after the love of his life leaves him. At the end of the show the boy who sold him the mirror told Vivaldi that he would be remembered for centuries to come.

Throughout the show the talented musicians interacted with the audience.

Nagham Hashim, 18, a show organizer, said: “When I found out that I would be participating in this event it was the best day of my life.

“Now after listening to this music, I feel more open to the world. I can now enjoy more types of music than ever before because I never really thought I would enjoy this type of music,” she told Arab News.

The Jeddah Season was launched on Saturday in five main destinations across the region, with more than 150 events and expectations that visitor numbers could reach 4 million.

Jeddah Season will provide a wide array of seasonal job opportunities and volunteer opportunities for young people, through an integral team of 20,000 people, gaining expertise and qualifications.

The objectives also shed light on development opportunities, presenting the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations. 

The Saudi Seasons are a combined initiative from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, the General Entertainment Authority, the General Culture Authority and the General Sports Authority.

There are 11 seasons this year covering, all regions of the Kingdom: The Eastern Province (Sharqiah) Season, Ramadan Season, Eid Al-Fitr Season, Jeddah Season, Taif Season, Eid Al-Adha Season, National Day Season, Riyadh Season, Diriyah Season, Al-Ula Season and Hail Season.


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.