Artistic experiences enchant Balad Al-Fann visitors

The increased influx of visitors in Al-Balad has provided artisans with a greater market presence and demand for their goods and services. (AN photos by Saleh Fareed)
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The increased influx of visitors in Al-Balad has provided artisans with a greater market presence and demand for their goods and services. (AN photos by Saleh Fareed)
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The increased influx of visitors in Al-Balad has provided artisans with a greater market presence and demand for their goods and services. (AN photos by Saleh Fareed)
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Updated 19 February 2024
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Artistic experiences enchant Balad Al-Fann visitors

Artistic experiences enchant Balad Al-Fann visitors
  • Artisans from around the world are sharing the beauty and intricacy of their works through workshops, displays

JEDDAH: The Artisan’s Lane at Al-Balad is a museum of Saudi arts and crafts that has been instrumental in promoting local craftspeople involved in traditional textiles, pottery and woodwork.

Organized by Zawiya 97, the initiative not only preserves ancient crafts by international and local artisans, but also provides a platform for visitors to engage in hands-on workshops, interactive craft sessions, talks, studio sessions and master classes.




The increased influx of visitors in Al-Balad has provided artisans with a greater market presence and demand for their goods and services. (AN photos by Saleh Fareed)

Zawiya 97, a hub for the Saudi creative and traditional arts scene, brings creative endeavors of all sizes near Jeddah’s iconic Nassif House. The hub’s CEO, Ahmed Angawi, told Arab News: “This dynamic hub goes beyond commerce, fostering creativity, skill-sharing and community bonds.”

The increased influx of visitors in Al-Balad has provided artisans with a greater market presence and demand for their goods and services, pushing their businesses to new heights of success and sustainability.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The theme for Balad Al-Fann, which runs until March 9, is ‘Past Forward.’

• The Artisan’s Lane not only preserves ancient crafts by international and local artisans, but also provides a platform for visitors to engage in hands-on workshops and sessions.

• Eighteen artisans from Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Iraq, Kurdistan and Uzbekistan recently took over Artisan’s Lane.

Eighteen artisans from Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Iraq, Kurdistan and Uzbekistan recently took over Artisan’s Lane with carpet weaving, soap, ceramic and rug making demonstrations, as well as a showcase of Arabic calligraphy.

Angawi noted that he and his team have always encouraged talented artisans in Saudi Arabia and abroad to monetize their crafts. This inspired Zawiya 97 to be part of Balad Al-Fann festival, which features interactive events that connect local artisans to international markets.




The increased influx of visitors in Al-Balad has provided artisans with a greater market presence and demand for their goods and services. (Supplied)

The CEO, who has an interest in local heritage, told Arab News that the initiative was created in Jeddah’s historic area under the name “Common Ground.”

He added: “The Common Ground program is inspired by our cultural heritage and architecture as a universal language of civilization ... it is for artisans and creative craftsmen to express their culture in one space.”




The increased influx of visitors in Al-Balad has provided artisans with a greater market presence and demand for their goods and services. (Supplied)

Among them is Shorsh Saleh, a Kurdish mixed media artist, carpet designer and weaver. His works focus on the subject of migration, border and identity. Based in the UK, he has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

He said: “I am here for six weeks to present my craft work. To get locals engaged, we are offering courses to share our experience and also enlighten those who are interested in carpet weaving.”




The increased influx of visitors in Al-Balad has provided artisans with a greater market presence and demand for their goods and services. (AN photos by Saleh Fareed)

The studio of Hashim Al-Shawi, a Saudi business development expert in Jeddah with British accreditation in the hand soap industry, is one of the popular spots in Artisan’s Lane.

Al-Shawi said: “I am really glad to be part of this artisan gathering in Al-Balad to show people that soap making is a unique experience. We draw our inspiration from the history of Jeddah and reflect it in our products characterized by authentic craftmanship and traditional methods with local ingredients, such as Bab Mecca oils and herbs of Al-Attarin.”

Inside his studio, surrounded by visitors watching his creative Arabic calligraphy, Ayoob Abdul Hameed from Makkah told Arab News that the art form conveys “harmony, grace and beauty.”

He added: “Our duty is to serve you all with our talent. Arabic calligraphy is in the form of print; some is done by oil painting, and very often it is done by engraving. There is a difference between the art of Arabic calligraphy and regular writing.”

The theme for Balad Al-Fann, which runs until March 9, is “Past Forward,” and the historical district is brimming with projects that combine light and sound, music, theatrical performances, exhibitions, and a number of local eateries and cafes.

 


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They also discussed regional and international developments and efforts made in this regard.


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  • A cooperation agreement was signed between SASCA and Taif University

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Updated 18 April 2024
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ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program

ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program
  • New micro-credential courses open to all high-school graduates, undergraduates
  • Program includes Arabic, English, in-person, remote, long and short-term courses

RIYADH: A new museum studies program in Saudi Arabia has opened for registration, offering micro-credential and long-term courses.

It is the result of a partnership between ilmi, a center for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and mathematics learning, and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

ilmi — meaning “my knowledge” in Arabic — is a science and innovation center that aims to empower young people in Saudi Arabia.

A philanthropic NGO initiative created by Princess Sara bint Mashour bin Abdulaziz, wife of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ilmi is incubated, supported and funded by the Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, Misk, as a subsidiary, and operates in partnership with Mohammed bin Salman Nonprofit City.

The museum studies program includes micro-credential, diploma, minor and elective courses.

It is open to recent high-school graduates and university undergraduates keen to secure entry-level positions in museums, as well as professionals seeking new skill sets and career paths.

Created by ilmi and PNU experts from Saudi Arabia and around the world, the program offers a blend of online and in-person learning, alongside Arabic and English tuition options.

Micro-credential courses will blend online and in-person learning, and are available to applicants over the age of 18.

Courses include museum impact studies, museum education and awareness, an introduction to museum technologies, fundamentals of museum management and integrating digital technology.

Courses on offer for PNU students include an introduction to museums elective and specialist minors in museums and digital technology, exhibit design and content development.

A two-year diploma in museum management will also be available for both PNU students and recent high-school graduates.

Registration has opened for the first online micro-credential course starting this month: Fundamentals of museum management.

All further micro-credential courses will take place in May and June, with the diploma, minor and elective programs starting in September at the beginning of the academic year 2024/25.

Program graduates can also apply to work alongside ilmi experts as they design and launch unique, informal learning programs across the Kingdom.

For more information and registration, click here.


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  • Agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and KSrelief’s supervisor general, and WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain

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The signing took place on the sidelines of the International Conference for Sudan and Neighboring Countries, which was organized by France and the EU in Paris.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and KSrelief’s supervisor general, and WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain.

It aims to improve the nutritional situation for Yemen’s most impoverished people by providing supplements in targeted areas, benefiting 86,985 people.