Where in the world is Banksy?

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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Updated 21 February 2020

Where in the world is Banksy?

  • Riyadh hosts 70 reproduced artworks by faceless British artist

RIYADH: British artist Banksy’s real identity may remain a mystery, but his work is among the most well known in the world, and 70 reproduced pieces are to go on display in Riyadh — the first time they will be shown in the Middle East.

The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) will be home to Banksy’s reproduced art for two months, celebrating his creations from around the world.

“We celebrate his artwork in Riyadh, a first for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is really a true celebration of who he is,” Mohammed Al-Muhaidib, chief investment officer of Nowaar Entertainment company, which organized the exhibition, told Arab News.

The bright light at KAFD, with signs leading up to the gallery, usher in a hushed excitement for the opening of the “Without Limits” exhibition. 

The show hosts visual interactions, such as a 10-minute documentary about the artist. Once finished, visitors are led to another room with an actor portraying himself as Banksy, reenacting the creation of the famed artist’s works.

A reproduction of his most notable work “Girl With Balloon” is among the pieces on display.

Banksy’s art has been a worldwide phenomenon, raising social and political issues all over the globe.

Although the exhibition is dedicated to Banksy, work by another artist, Huda Beydoun, is also on display.

Beydoun’s work was previously featured in 2015 at Banksy’s apocalyptic theme park pop-up exhibition titled “Dismaland,” in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Banksy for ages and I’ve always admired him as an artist. Displaying my work alongside Banksy is definitely a highlight of my career as an artist. It is the second time after Dismaland,” Beydoun told Arab News.

Her favorite Banksy piece is “Love is in the Bin,” a piece that infamously shredded itself moments after being sold at auction for $1.36 million in 2018. “How it was destroyed after the auction was genius,” she said.

Banksy artworks will also be exhibited in other Saudi cities and the Middle East, said Al-Muhaidib.

The show will open at KAFD in Riyadh on Feb. 20, with entrance costing SR100 ($26.66)


Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port, covering 500 families. (SPA)
Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

  • So far, 290 tons of aid transported to provide urgent humanitarian needs to people affected by explosion

JEDDAH: Aid continues to flow into the Lebanese capital Beirut, as the fourth Saudi air bridge plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) arrived on Sunday.
Ninety tons of emergency aid was flown in on the flight, including medical materials and equipment, foodstuff and shelter supplies. Medicines, burn treatments, medical solutions, masks, gloves, sterilizers and other surgical materials will be distributed by special teams on the ground.
The plane also carried food baskets that included flour and dates as well as shelter materials such as tents, blankets, mattresses, and utensils.
So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.
This aid was provided based on an assessment report of the necessary humanitarian needs resulting from the explosion, in coordination with the Saudi Embassy in Beirut, and the KSRelief branch in Lebanon.
This comes as an extension of the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to show solidarity with the Lebanese people and to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

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So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port on Sunday, covering 500 families.
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari told Arab News that special committees would oversee and review reports on the Lebanese people’s needs.
“Aid will continue to flow into Lebanon after assessing the required needs of the Lebanese people in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Lebanon,” he said.
Countries around the world have come together to help Lebanon in the wake of the explosion on Aug. 4, which devastated large areas of Beirut, damaging and destroying infrastructure, buildings and homes, including all port facilities and the country’s grain storage silos.