Italian language week celebrated in Saudi Arabia

Italian language week celebrated in Saudi Arabia
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Roberto Cantone, Italy’s ambassador to the Kingdom, inaugurated MUSICA, the photo exhibition by artist Michele Ardu, at Oud Square in Riyadh. (Supplied)
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Exhibition MUSICA organised as part of Italian language week. (Supplied)
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Ambassador Roberto Cantone inaugurating exhibition MUSICA at Oud Square, DQ. (Supplied)
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Exhibition MUSICA at Oud Square, DQ organised as part of Italian language week. (Supplied)
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Updated 25 October 2020

Italian language week celebrated in Saudi Arabia

Italian language week celebrated in Saudi Arabia
  • Embassy invited illustrator Marianna Balducci to participate in a dialogue with Saudi artist and actress Sarah Taibah

RIYADH: The Italian Embassy is celebrating the 20th annual Week of the Italian Language with the aim of demonstrating the richness of the language.

The Italian language week, from Oct. 19-25, is a flagship initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote the use of the Italian language worldwide, in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy, where Italian is one of the official languages.
The theme for this year’s initiative is “Italian in words and images: Graffiti, illustrations and comics” and it aims to highlight the beauty and relevance of the Italian illustration and comics industry.
“Italy has a long tradition of artists using illustrations, graffiti and comics to express themselves, and it is such a great opportunity to be able to celebrate this heritage of beauty, innovation and creativity. This is what Italy stands for,” Italian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Roberto Cantone said.
He added: “For this reason, I am very proud that despite the challenges and the distance due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have been able to host two brilliant and very talented Italian young artists, to showcase their artwork and have a fruitful and deep cultural exchange with their Saudi counterparts.”
The Italian Embassy invited illustrator and artist Marianna Balducci to participate in a dialogue with Saudi artist and actress Sarah Taibah, moderated by Talal Al-Zeid.
The webinar took place on Oct. 19 with the artists discussing their creative journey and sharing their experience about what it means to be an illustrator and to work in the creative industries.
The ambassador inaugurated the photo exhibition, MUSICA, by Italian artist Michele Ardu, in collaboration with the Diplomatic Quarter Authority on Oct. 21 at Oud Square. The exhibition will run until Dec. 1.
MUSICA includes eight original artworks located within the Diplomatic Quarter. Each artwork represents a song from the musical heritage of Italy and Saudi Arabia and Italian musical pieces — ranging from opera to classical and contemporary Italian music — the Barber of Seville by Rossini as well as a performance by Andrea Bocelli, and by two famous female Italian singers Mina and Mia Martini, as well as the Italian national anthem and the soundtrack of the film “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” by Ennio Morricone.
There are also two artworks representing the musical heritage of Saudi Arabia — the traditional Saudi sword dance “Ardha” and one of the many beautiful love songs by Mohammed Abdu (Kul Ma Nasnas).  

I am extremely glad that we have been able to collaborate with Michele Ardu and show his work for the first time in Saudi Arabia. He is an excellent example of the creativity and innovation of the Italian cultural scene.

Roberto Cantone, Italy’s ambassador

Using a conceptual approach to photography, the artist captures in each artwork the shape that sound waves create when they meet a linear stream of flowing smoke.
The exhibition challenges the audience to encounter music in a radical new way, by experiencing it through their eyes rather than through their ears.
“I am extremely glad that we have been able to collaborate with Michele Ardu and show his work for the first time in Saudi Arabia. He is extremely talented, and an excellent example of the creativity and innovation of the Italian cultural scene,” the envoy said.
“We have chosen to organize the MUSICA exhibition because of the interesting concept behind it and its relevance for today. By blurring the lines between music and photography, the exhibition reminds us that no matter the obstacles we face, we always have the opportunity to overcome our limits and succeed.
“Over the past few months, especially during lockdown, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all experienced what this means. Thanks to the courage and talent of artists like Michele, both in Italy and Saudi Arabia, despite all challenges, we have had the opportunity to rediscover the essential role that art and culture play in our lives and to reconnect us with our humanity. I am happy that we have this opportunity today to strengthen the cultural partnership between our two countries,” Cantone said.


Winners of King Salman disability research award to be named on Monday

Winners of King Salman disability research award to be named on Monday
Prince Sultan bin Salman. (SPA)
Updated 17 January 2021

Winners of King Salman disability research award to be named on Monday

Winners of King Salman disability research award to be named on Monday
  • Aims to encourage innovation in technology that contributes to increase their professional freedom

RIYADH: Winners of the the King Salman International Award for Disability Research will be announced on Monday at a press conference in Riyadh.
The aim of the award is to enrich scientific knowledge through qualitative research in different disability fields.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, who is chairman of the board of trustees at the King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), established the award to encourage scientific research because he saw prevention, treatment and rehabilitation as the best ways of fighting disability.
The center specializes in carrying out, supporting, and fostering interest in disability research and programs, as well as working with the government and private sectors alongside encouraging scientific research and effective practices in the fields of disability. The award carries the name of King Salman, who has supported KSCDR since it was set up in 1991. KSCDR aims to become a leader in the field of disability research and have a global impact.
The objectives of the award include creating an environment of creativity and scientific excellence that seeks to find adequate methods, means and solutions aimed at preventing or minimizing the effects of disability on the disabled and their families, establishing a culture that fosters scientific research locally, regionally, and internationally, and using scientific research to adapt modern technology to the needs of people with disabilities in order to help them achieve their goals, hopes, and aspirations.

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The sixth International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation will be held next January under the patronage of Prince Sultan bin Salman.

It also aims to highlight the role of Saudi Arabia in specialist scientific research, enriching the field by showing how to apply research findings to different aspects while serving people with disabilities and their families, discussing scientific issues and contemporary trends to empower them, discussing international scientific expertise in facilitating safe transition from childhood to adulthood, benefiting from evidence-based experiences and practices to face challenges in the field, strengthening partnerships to serve and assist people with disabilities and encouraging innovation in technology that contributes to the empowerment of the disabled and increase their professional freedom.
The sixth International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation will be held next January under the patronage of Prince Sultan.