GEA launches Saudi talent competition with SR20 million prize

Updated 13 July 2019

GEA launches Saudi talent competition with SR20 million prize

  • The program will accept applicants until the end of July before evaluations and nominations start in August.
  • The winners will take home SR20 million ($5.3 million)

JEDDAH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) is offering young Saudis a chance to shine with GEA Challenges, a national program to discover talent in Saudi Arabia.

The program will accept applicants until the end of July before evaluations and nominations start in August. The winners will take home SR20 million ($5.3 million).

It hopes to provide training opportunities to the Kingdom’s rising stars to develop them into global artists.

GEA Challenges will cover 20 entertainment categories, including playing instruments and singing, comedy scripts and content, graffiti, animation, films, acting, on-screen fashion, culinary arts, and circus and acrobatic talents. 

In August, GEA Challenges will move on to its second phase, which is evaluation and nomination. This will be followed by talent judging in September and voting, before the winners are announced in October.

Winners will be notified by e-mail and mobile. Prizes will include training programs, tools and resources to enable their professional development.

The applicants are not expected to be professionals in their field. The committee will be taking passion, originality and relevance towards the selected challenge into consideration.

The GEA Challenges is sponsored by the GEA and supervised by Tam Hub, a Saudi media and information sciences company.

A full list of the competition regulations can be found on www.geachallenges.com.


Penguins and an ice rink to be part of Riyadh’s winter show

More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 16 October 2019

Penguins and an ice rink to be part of Riyadh’s winter show

  • More than 250 workers are busy setting it up in one of Riyadh’s busiest areas

RIYADH: Snow parks, penguins and ice-skating rinks are common winter attractions in cities with the weather to match — but Riyadh?

Still, there’s a first time for everything, and Riyadh Season is giving the Saudi capital the opportunity to prove it with the opening on Oct. 20 of Winter Wonderland.

More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival, and more than 250 workers are busy setting it up in one of Riyadh’s busiest areas.

The site, against the stunning backdrop of the King Abdullah Financial District skyscrapers, will accommodate up to 40,000 visitors a day. “It is challenging, but it is wonderful to be here,” events director Edward Mellors told Arab News. “We are really enjoying it. It’s nice to be involved in bringing such a big project to a country like this.”

As well as the snow park, the ice rink and the penguins, attractions include a Marvel excursion, with Iron Man and other superheroes from the franchise.

“We have been sourcing these rides from all over the world, getting them together and making lots of deals, getting them on ships,” said Mellors. “I can’t think of any one challenge that has been the biggest, but with all of them put together, it has been a mountain.”