Culture minister to inaugurate Saudi exhibition at UNESCO

The Saudi village of Rijal Alma joined the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018. Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud will inaugurate the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition on Tuesday. (SPA/File Photo)
Updated 19 November 2019

Culture minister to inaugurate Saudi exhibition at UNESCO

  • Exhibition aims to promote international cultural exchange, protection and transmission of heritage
  • The Ministry of Culture will be providing its 'vision for the future'

PARIS: Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud will inaugurate the activities of the Saudi cultural exhibition at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the French capital Paris on Tuesday.

The exhibition aims to promote international cultural exchange, protection and transmission of heritage, and the development of the cultural environment.

The exhibition coincides with the 2019 International Culture Ministers' Forum taking place at the UNESCO, with the participation of a large number of culture ministers. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be the only country organizing an event associated with the Forum, which is a major occasion to discuss the key place of culture in public policy around the world and its impact on sustainable development.

The exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Royal Commission for AlUla, and the Misk Art Institute, will be attended by 19 artists exhibiting 39 works of art, in the presence of several international artists.

Bronze sculptures will also be exhibited as well as photographs, and detailed explanations of Saudi intangible heritage, such as Arabic coffee, falconry, as well as poetry, live music, and culinary arts.

The exhibition will take visitors on a journey through time starting from the Kingdom's past, passing through its present and towards its future vision. The Royal Commission for AlUla will be introducing the cultural and heritage past of the Kingdom, while the Misk Institute of Arts will be highlighting the present arts, culture, and heritage in the Kingdom.

The Ministry of Culture will be providing its vision for the future, which translates the shared vision between Saudi Arabia, UNESCO and the international community on one hand, and reflects its cultural strategy on the other.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.