2nd Qassim Book Fair attracts big crowds

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More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors. (SPA)
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More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors. (SPA)
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More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors. (SPA)
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More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors. (SPA)
Updated 12 January 2019
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2nd Qassim Book Fair attracts big crowds

  • More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors

JEDDAH: The 2nd Qassim Book Fair, organized by the municipality of Buraidah, attracted thousands of visitors on Friday.
Held at the Qassim International Convention and Exhibition Center, the fair offers a variety of cultural events to promote the publishing industry in Saudi Arabia. More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors.
Ahmed Al-Hamdan, vice president of the Arab Publishers Association, said that the event would help to encourage society to read.

 


Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

Updated 21 March 2019
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Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month

DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.