Creative thinkers to tackle climate crisis at 21,39 Jeddah Arts event

This year’s event will include lectures, workshops and panel discussions, as well as discovery trips to the Jeddah’s historic district. (Photo/Supplied)
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Updated 18 January 2020

Creative thinkers to tackle climate crisis at 21,39 Jeddah Arts event

  • A wide range of Saudi, Arab and European artists and creators are taking part, say organizers

JEDDAH: More than 60 artists, architects, designers and thinkers will gather in Saudi Arabia this month for the seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts.

This year, the Saudi Art Council event has been given the title “I Love You, Urgently,” as a call to action in response to the global environmental emergency. With Saudi society undergoing a rapid transformation, the council asked local and international figures from the worlds of art, architecture and design to seek tangible solutions to the crisis and come up with alternative and symbiotic ways of living on our planet.

“Saudi Contemporary artists have received unprecedented support to enable them to present their works in the best way and participate in creating artistic solutions to major environmental problems at the local level,” said event curator
Maya El-Khalil.

She praised the “richness of imagination” displayed by the participating artists in their responses to the theme and added: “New perspectives are granted through object-oriented ontology and speculative fiction, meditative actions, social systems and structures mapping to better understand where problems and potential lie.”

The three-month event opens on Jan. 28. The main venues are the headquarters of the Saudi Art Council at Gold Moor Mall, and Beit Serti in Jeddah’s historic district, which has been specially prepared to host activities.

A wide range of Saudi, Arab and European artists and creators are taking part. They include Ayman Zedani, Aziz Jamal, Cristiana De Marchi, Daniah Al-Saleh, Duran Lantink, Fahad bin Naif & Alaa Tarabzouni, Farah K. Behbehani, Filwa Nazer, Maha Nasrallah, Manal Al-Dowayan, Marwah Al-Mugait, Mohammad Al-Faraj, Mohammed Kazem, Muhannad Shono, Obadah Aljefri, Omar Abduljawad, Nasser Al-Salem, Nojoud Al-Sudairi, Raja’a Khalid, Sultan Bin Fahd and Zahrah Al-Ghamdi.

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The seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts has attracted a wide range of Saudi, Arab and European artists

El-Khalil said that this year’s event will include lectures, workshops and panel discussions, as well as discovery trips to the Jeddah’s historic district.

Princess Jawaher bint Majed, chairwoman of the Saudi Art Council, said: “The city of Jeddah has long been at the forefront of Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art scene, and we are excited to bring creative responses to environmental concerns to the table with the seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts.

“As a culturally rich melting pot, Jeddah is a place of exchange for new ideas, and we look forward to presenting a multifaceted program that we hope will be the springboard for dialogue between local and international artists and audiences, and which will give voice to young people through an extensive educational outreach program.”


DiplomaticQuarter: Mauritius ambassador, Saudi aid agency chief discuss cooperation

Updated 02 July 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: Mauritius ambassador, Saudi aid agency chief discuss cooperation

RIYADH: Mauritian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Shaukat Ali Soudhan held talks with Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
They “held a virtual meeting, and the two sides discussed various ways to enhance bilateral cooperation,” KSRelief said in a statement.
“The two leaders also discussed mutual coordination to cope with the emerging situation because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as KSRelief’s work and program developments on various projects in Mauritius.”
They discussed joint humanitarian and relief efforts, and reviewed various KSRelief programs in Mauritius.
Soudhan praised KSRelief’s ongoing efforts to alleviate the suffering of people in crisis-affected countries worldwide, particularly in Mauritius.
He thanked Saudi Arabia for its assistance to his country’s people. The Kingdom is among the largest donors of humanitarian aid in the world.
In November 2019, Saudi Arabia confirmed that it had provided nearly $18 billion of humanitarian assistance to help refugees.
The Kingdom and Mauritius are developing closer ties. Soudhan in February said his country had benefited from a 400 percent increase in the number of Saudi tourists in the past two years following the opening of direct flights.