Treasures of Saudi Arabia’s National Museum visit Riyadh Park Mall

The National Museum introduced artifacts to the public through people dressed in costumes inspired by the museum’s treasures. (Photo/Social media)
Updated 24 May 2019
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Treasures of Saudi Arabia’s National Museum visit Riyadh Park Mall

  • The public were educated about the history of the artifacts from the museum

RIYADH: The National Museum organized a social experiment in one of Riyadh’s malls to celebrate International Museum Day.

It introduced artifacts to the public in Riyadh Park Mall through people dressed in costumes inspired by the museum’s treasures.

They interacted with the audience, taught them about the history behind each artifact, and handed out free tickets to the museum, which organized the activity to raise its profile and allow free access to its exhibits.

This year’s celebration was titled “Museums as cultural centers: The future of traditions.” It aims to improve the relationship between society and modern museums, and to note their contributions to culture, knowledge and science.

Recently, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) granted five new licenses to the private museums in Riyadh, which will take the total number of museums in the region’s towns, cities and governorates to 50.

Two of the new museums approved by the commission, Riwaq Al-Turath Museum in Riyadh and Moudi Al-Asimi Museum in Al-Dawadmi governorate, are owned by women.

Other licenses go to the Majid Heritage Museum in Rawdat Sadir, the Khalid Al-Radian Heritage Museum in Riyadh, and the Qararah Museum in Al-Dawadmi.

The International Museum Day is observed every year on May 18 in coordination with the International Council of Museums (ICoM) to highlight a specific theme.

The annual celebrations were first initiated in 1977, when ICoM decided to devote a special day for museums in an attempt to enhance the relationship between museums and society.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019
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Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”