Baligh Okaz contest sparks innovation and creativity at Saudi festival

Souq Okaz, which runs in Taif until July 13, is the replica an ancient market that combines with modern technologies ubiquitously used in the display of its grandeur.
Updated 05 July 2018
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Baligh Okaz contest sparks innovation and creativity at Saudi festival

  • Competitors will focus on Saudi achievements and express their pride in these accomplishments and in belonging to the Kingdom
  • The organizing committee has set judging criteria for those taking part, including originality, innovation, speech quality and capacity, the ability to face the audience, the validity of emotions, strength and durability of style, and the integration of t

The General Authority for Culture announced the organization of the Baligh Okaz competition for the first time during the 12th edition of Souq Okaz Festival, which runs until July 13.

The competition celebrates Souq Okaz’s history as a space where people can develop eloquence and pride. It will deliver awareness, guidance and media messages to the youth in particular, organizers said.

The competition at the arts, culture and literature pavilion will develop the culture of speech and linguistic expression and promote good values. Baligh Okaz sheds light on the Arabic language as an intellectual source and focuses on children, youth and adults.

 

 Khalid Al-Harthy, supervisor of the popular arts committee for the Association of Culture and Arts in Taif, said: “The competition focuses on spoken literature and aims to spread good values and encourage children and youth to read in order to develop their language.”

He said: “It also highlights the importance of the Arabic language as an intellectual and cultural source, in addition to supporting talents in the rhetoric field and investing in cultural innovations.”

Competitors will focus on Saudi achievements and express their pride in these accomplishments and in belonging to the Kingdom.

The organizing committee has set judging criteria for those taking part, including originality, innovation, speech quality and capacity, the ability to face the audience, the validity of emotions, strength and durability of style, and the integration of the speech’s elements.

Al-Harthy said the winner of the competition will receive SR10,000 ($2,666).

Kids Okaz

The Kids Okaz tent, located next to Okaz Avenue, is offering events and activities for children, including theatrical performances, and narration of historical stories and poems.

Abdul Aziz Al-Mahwes, the tent supervisor, said: “There are 14 activities targeting kids, where they interact with the characters in the tent, playing different characters in the old souq history. The characters are: The spokesman, jeweler, narrator, painter, calligrapher, judge, tradesman and others... The Okaz visuals scene is a miniature cinema for kids and the characters are the woodcutters, water servers and the tanner.”

During the Kids Okaz tent tour, children learn about the classical Arabic language, buying and selling methods, old caravans, wood carving, and life and civilizations that coincided with the era of old Souk Okaz.

Handicrafts program

At least 70 artisans from across Saudi Arabia are competing in the National Handicrafts Program (Bari) during the festival.

The program, in which 15 master artisans are participating, has built 116 tents for different kinds of craftsmanship, including weaving, embroidery, crochet, folk dressmaking, and manufacturing wood products.

Palm handicraft products were the most prominent feature of the program during the festival alongside painting, sculpting, and decorating natural material.

Ten bodies have participated in the Bari Program, including the Herfah Association, Princess Nora Center, Al-Ahsa Girl Developmental Charity Association, the Art of Heritage company, Sleysla Center, Herafia Association, Ajaa Organization, Taibah Organization, Atta Al Khair Center, and craftsmanship
centers.

The program has also organized a craftsmanship contest, with 24 participants and prizes worth SR300,000.

The program aims to guide a group of graduates who have majored in management, economics, and fine and applied arts to work in the crafts sector as developers, contractors, and investors and support existing handicraft programs while preserving the natural environment.

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What is Baligh Okaz?

‘Baligh Okaz’ is an attempt to touch on the Souq’s identity as a forum to spread eloquence and pride. It represents argumentative skills as a means of communication that contributes to attracting youthful minds.


Saudi Commission on Tourism and Heritage chief on official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Mohammad Abdulhameed is raising his daughter Maria single-handedly. (AN photo)
Updated 17 July 2018
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Saudi Commission on Tourism and Heritage chief on official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina 

JEDDAH: The president of Saudi Arabia’s Commission for Tourism and National Heritage arrived in Sarajevo on Monday, as part of an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has expressed King Salman’s sincere greetings to the people and the government of  Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

He was then received by the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, at their headquarters in the capital, Sarajevo. 

Prince Sultan is on an official state visit to the Balkan state upon the instructions of King Salman, who is keen to bolster ties with the country and open new horizons of cooperation between both states.