20 sculptors to take part in 2nd Tuwaiq symposium in Riyadh

The symposium aims to prepare cultural platforms where Saudi artists can meet other artists from around the world. (File/AN photo)
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Updated 09 January 2020

20 sculptors to take part in 2nd Tuwaiq symposium in Riyadh

  • Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium in the Saudi capital’s Diplomatic Quarter from Jan. 10-30

RIYADH: Riyadh will host the second Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium in the Saudi capital’s Diplomatic Quarter from Jan. 10-30. Twenty artists from around the world will attend the symposium and create new works inspired by Tuwaiq Mountain — one of the Kingdom’s most famous landmarks — from local white marble.

Saudi Arabia will be represented by sculptors Essam Jameel and Faisal Al-Naaman, who will be joined by artists from America, the UK, Russia, France, Japan, Greece, Bulgaria, Iraq, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Romania, China, Taiwan, Georgia, Egypt and Tunisia.

The first Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium, also organized by the Ministry of Culture, was held in March 2019, with the participation of 23 artists.

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The first Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium, also organized by the Ministry of Culture, was held in March 2019, with the participation of 23 artists.

The symposium, according to a press release, aims to “prepare cultural platforms where Saudi artists can meet other artists from around the world, and establish a comprehensive empowerment system that enriches the cultural and artistic scene in the Kingdom, supports contemporary Saudi artists, talented people and agencies concerned with the arts sector to achieve sustainable development for this vital sector.”

Recently, an art residency program in Jeddah’s Al-Balad district has also been launched by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Culture.

The program will host Saudi and international artists. It is designed to create an environment for cultural dialogue and the exchange of knowledge and experience.


Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

  • Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

DUBAI: Four more repatriation flights arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to bring back stranded citizens from coronavirus hotspots, state news agency SPA reported.
Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh while another two landed in King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, bringing Saudi nationals from New York and Beirut.
All precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus spread were taken to ensure the safety of passengers, who would also be in isolation for 14 days.