Ministry of Culture launches first national competition to document Saudi industrial heritage

Updated 15 July 2019

Ministry of Culture launches first national competition to document Saudi industrial heritage

  • The contest is open to all citizens and residents through www.engage.moc.gov.sa
  • Participants will be evaluated by specialized panels before the winners are announced in November.

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Culture launched the first day of the national competition to document the Kingdom’s industrial heritage on Sunday July 14. The competition aims to establish the first national database for all industrial sites that fall under this category, with the participation of Saudis and residents from all social segments.

Open to all citizens and residents through www.engage.moc.gov.sa, the prizes will total to SR1m ($266,000). It is part of the Industrial Heritage Program announced by Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture, in April.

Prince Badr Al Saud, Minister of Culture and Governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula tweeted the announcement: “Following the launch of the Industrial Heritage Preservation project with the help and efforts of my fellow colleagues in supporting the program, we launch today a competition to strengthen the concept, our country has a base for Industrial Heritage sites.”

Industrial heritage includes the remnants of the ancient industrial culture, whether technological, social, architectural or scientific, and consists of buildings, machines, factories, mines, refineries and warehouses.

Running from July 14 until October 6, the competition is divided into three categories. The first focuses on the discovery of the sites and requires participants to send pictures, videos and basic information. The second requests participants to tell stories and detailed events that affected the industry and social life through voice recording or videos.

BACKGROUND

Industrial heritage includes the remnants of the ancient industrial culture, whether technological, social, architectural or scientific, and consists of buildings, machines, factories, mines, refineries and warehouses.

The third urges the participants to document the site’s story by researching its history and impact on the industry and society with a prize that will amount to SR300,000 ($80,000).

The organizing committee put the competition’s conditions and details on its website, including an explanation about the concept of industrial heritage, the conditions of its classification and the quality of heritage sites.

Participants will be evaluated by specialized panels before the winners are announced in November. The competition’s criteria focus on the efforts exerted by the participants in finding the sites and the quality of their information.

The Kingdom is characterized in its industrial heritage legacy by its leading role in the oil and gas industry, desalination plants, petrochemicals industry and minerals and cement mining and their supporting transport system, such as ports and trains.

On April 30, the Kingdom became the first country in the Arab world to commit to investing in its industrial heritage with the establishment of a dedicated preservation society.

Speaking to Arab News in April, Dr. Miles Oglethorpe, a board member of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage who attended the society’s launch, said the Kingdom had a vast industrial heritage to draw on that could “deliver social, economic and political benefit that reinforces Saudi society.”

He told Arab News: “Industry is extremely important, and the history of industry is that which lies behind how we live today. All across the world there are hugely important industries that have employed people and changed the world around them. Sometimes they have rapidly altered the environment and landscapes, sometimes not very nicely, other times very spectacularly.


Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ is set to turn Riyadh colorful on Oct. 26. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 16 October 2019

Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

  • The General Entertainment Authority is bringing The Color Run back to the Kingdom following the success of the Alkhobar event

RIYADH: The Color Run presented by Sunsilk is returning to Saudi Arabia! The countdown to “The Happiest 5k on the Planet” is on, with The Color Run bursting onto the streets of Riyadh on Oct. 26.
The event is part of the GEA’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia. The Color Run — now the largest running series in the world — will be making its vibrant return to the Kingdom’s two biggest cities, with over 15,000 expected to participate in each location.
The Riyadh event follows the Kingdom’s extremely popular inaugural Color Run, which took place in Alkhobar in March and saw over 10,000 people run, jog, walk and skip their way along the 5 km course.
To date, The Color Run has been hosted in more than 40 countries with over 7 million runners participating in the event. It is untimed and sees thousands of participants covered from head to toe in an array of different colors throughout the course before collecting their medals at the finish line. The only rule is that those taking part must cross the finish line covered in color and have fun while doing it!
The non-competitive run is not only an opportunity to create perfect memories — and Instagram posts — but also serves as a celebration of health, happiness and individuality. The GEA, a core pillar under the Saudi government, is supporting the event as part of its continued efforts to enrich the lifestyle of residents as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans and in line with the nation’s Quality of Life Program 2020.
The first of the upcoming events will be hosted as part of Riyadh Season, considered to be the biggest entertainment event in the capital city, with activities catering to sports, music, theater, fashion and much more.

FASTFACT

Tickets available at ksa.thecolorrun.com, children go free!

Ahmed Al-Mehmadi, executive director of communications at the GEA said: “We are thrilled to be bringing The Color Run presented by Sunsilk to Riyadh. We witnessed an incredible turnout in Alkhobar and we have every confidence this event will attract even more people who want to engage in a healthy activity that combines fun and exercise. Its vibrancy matches the aims of the GEA and the Quality of Life Program 2020 objectives to support and create new options that boost participation across cultural, entertainment and sports activities.”
Kristen Biegler, spokesperson for The Color Run said: “Since its inception in 2012, The Color Run has had become a global phenomenon, and we are very excited to be returning to Saudi Arabia. The response in Alkhobar was truly amazing and we are extremely excited to bring ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ to Riyadh. Our top rule is that everyone has fun — it is up to you whether you run, jog, walk or even skip your way to the finish line.”
Once the 5 km is over, the fun will continue at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration equipped with music, dance-offs, fun and games and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations!