X Jeddah festival offers unique experience

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X Jeddah is offering a variety of exciting plays starring a host of Saudi and Gulf artists. (SPA)
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X Jeddah is offering a variety of exciting plays starring a host of Saudi and Gulf artists. (SPA)
Updated 06 July 2019

X Jeddah festival offers unique experience

  • The carnival includes a zoo with many species of exotic animals and birds including toucans, parrots, flamingos, and giant tortoises

RIYADH: The X Jeddah festival, currently being held at the Jeddah Waterfront, comprises a variety of free multicultural activities and events, ranging from musical performances to performing arts, comedy segments to virtual reality games, as well as shopping, cafes and exceptional dining experiences.
It is held throughout the day, while guests can enjoy worldwide touring shows all along the Waterfront from 5 p.m. until midnight.
For theater lovers, X Jeddah is offering a variety of exciting plays starring a host of Saudi and Gulf artists, including performances by Kuwaiti actress Shjoun Al-Hajri in “I Wish,” a play based on the novel “Matilda” by Roald Dahl.
The theater also offers stand-up comedy shows by a group of Saudi youth, as well as “Love Factory” shows, and magic shows by the “Laughter Factory.”
The Marina Area will host multicultural musical and dance performances, including Colombian and African bands, and drums and percussion shows accompanied by lighting and laser displays, and other shows garnered from different places around the world.

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• X Jeddah offers a variety of exciting plays starring a host of Saudi and Gulf artists, including performances by Kuwaiti actress Shjoun Al-Hajri.

• The theater offers stand-up comedy shows by a group of Saudi youth, as well as ‘Love Factory’ shows, and magic shows by the ‘Laughter Factory.’

• The Marina Area will host multicultural musical and dance performances, including Colombian and African bands. The carnival also offers several different cultural shows weekly, including Spanish, African, Chinese, American and Indian.

Interactive entertainment is also offered by the Spanish Fun Carnival, inspired by the carnivals held in the Spanish city of Valencia every year to celebrate spring. Visitors will watch a fireworks show, giant puppets, and art.
The carnival also offers several different cultural shows weekly, including Spanish, African, Chinese, American and Indian.
There is an area is dedicated to exciting activities including flying in an air tunnel, bungee jumping, and a strongman competition.
The carnival also includes a zoo with many species of exotic animals and birds including toucans, parrots, flamingos, and giant tortoises.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.