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.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”