DHAHRAN: The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is set to host different cultural activities during the second Ithra Annual Gathering scheduled for this week.
The center announced the planned activities and their schedule during a meeting, which was attended by intellectuals, artists and writers.
The calendar features diverse cultural activities suited for all age groups.
Abdullah Al-Rashid, Ithra’s head of programs, said 2021 would see the launch of the Theater in Schools program, which aims to support the development of performing arts in the Kingdom.
He said the Ithra Academy will also be launched in partnership with world-class institutions to offer training programs in different art forms to boost the cultural sector in Saudi Arabia.
Highlights of the upcoming annual gathering include the “Shatr Al-Masjid: Art of Orientation” exhibition, a deep dive into the architecture of mosques; “Seeing and Perceiving,” based on optical illusion and visual trickery; the return of the flagship creativity and innovation conference Tanween; and the annual Eid and Saudi National Day celebrations.
According to a statement, Ithra Director Hussain Hanbazazah said: “The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has led to a major transformation in how we deal with the creative and cultural industries.
“We are keen to provide innovative solutions to continue interacting with our audiences. “While the threat of the pandemic is receding, we will remain committed to providing various programs and rich content that enhance the rapid growth of the Kingdom’s creative and cultural industries.”
Ithra serves as an all-purpose cultural hub. It is a project pioneering in innovation, culture, and knowledge founded by Saudi Aramco. The ambitious center began work on May 20, 2008.
The center’s building was designed as a collection of stones symbolizing unity by the Norwegian architectural firm, Snohetta.
The cultural center is located at the site of the Kingdom’s first commercial oil well, the Prosperity Well.