JEDDAH, October 6, 2017 – Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad Alawwad and Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Rostislavovich Medinsky together officially opened Saudi Cultural Week in Russia on Thursday, on the occasion of the state visit to the country by King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
The opening ceremony in Moscow of “Saudi Cultural Week in Russia – ‘Into The Kingdom’” included several Saudi art and cultural activities and events.
“It is an honour and a pleasure to open Saudi Cultural Week in Moscow,” Dr. Alawwad told the gathering in a speech. “We sincerely hope that it will open the doors to more cultural and artistic exchanges between the two countries in the future.”
Saudi Cultural Week activities and events include “Into the Kingdom”, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photography, installations and digital art and a virtual-reality tour of Makkah, Islam’s holiest city. The show is divided into four sections – Spiritual Art, Social Art, Socioeconomic Art and Landscape – and includes the work of an array of Saudi artists, both young and upcoming and older and established.
A public discussion entitled “Moscow-Riyadh – Perspectives of Cooperation” takes place on October 6. Participants will discuss various paths of cultural cooperation between the two countries.
A number of strategists and intellectuals from both countries are participating in this seminar to come up with a roadmap to strengthen the Saudi-Russian partnership. The participants are Dr. Saleh Al-Khathlan; Dr. Nourah AlYousef; Dr. Basma Omair; Badr AlHomoud; Shameley Aditoline; Dmitry Buck; Andrei Volos and Andre Schörgreen.
Saudi Movie Nights takes place on October 6 and 7, when three Saudi films will be screened for the public. Departure is an award-winning short film that focuses on combating extremism among young people, while Complain focuses on a health worker from a broken family, who navigates life with much difficulty. Another film, The Bliss of Being No One, which won the Best Film Award at Dubai International Film Festival, follows a young man grieving his lost family when he encounters an older man who helps him gain perspective on his losses.
The opening ceremony included musicals and musical performances, as well as folklore performances from Saudi heritage. Visitors also had the opportunity to sample Saudi cuisine, an event that drew a large number of attendees.
Entry to all events during Saudi Cultural Week is free. For more information, please visit www.saudiweek.ru/en