General Entertainment Authority Announces Eid Al-Fitr 2024 Events

Riyadh: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has issued the Eid Al-Fitr Events 2024 Booklet, featuring a wide range of activities such as fireworks displays, music concerts, theatrical performances, and more. The events are set to take place in various regions of the Kingdom. The booklet is available for viewing and downloading through the following link: https://t.co/NjW38iuUYz. To celebrate Eid, fireworks will light up the sky in the Kingdom's regions at 9 pm every evening, beginning on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, to mark the joyous occasion. A series of theatrical performances featuring Arab actors will be showcased. On April 14, the Mohammed Alali Theater in Riyadh will present the play "The Neighbor", while Jeddah will host the play "The Red Box" at the Batterjee Medical College Theater, on April 13. Meanwhile, the Alasala Colleges Theater in Dammam will host on April 14 the play "Ors Aljen". The Eid events will also include eight music concerts held in different cities of the Kingdom. As par t of the Eid festivities, Boulevard City and Boulevard World will be open from 4 pm to 2 am and 1 am, respectively, offering a delightful experience throughout the Eid period. The Via Riyadh area will be open to visitors from 8 pm to 3 am. Meanwhile, Jeddah is hosting the "Eid Destination" event at Jeddah Promenade for 10 days. This event features distinctive folk shows, musical concerts, entertaining performances, and interactive activities. GEA said the theme for Eid Al-Fitr this year is "Your Eid Is among Your Family and Loved Ones". The theme reflects GEA's efforts to foster communication and spread happiness among Saudi residents and visitors. This Eid theme captures the essence of the celebration and the joy shared by individuals, families, and even businesses. It is designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes and age groups, ensuring an inclusive Eid experience for everyone Source: Saudi Press Agency

REHC holds season’s inaugural race

Manama, In the presence of His Highness Shaikh Turki bin Rashid bin Isa Al Khalifa, Deputy Chairman of the National Council for Arts, and His Highness Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid bin Isa Al Khalifa, Vice-President of the Supreme Council for Environment and the Deputy Chairman of the Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club (REHC), the REHC today held the first race for this season, 2023-2024, at its racecourse in Raffa, Sakhir.

Their Highnesses and equestrian sports fans also attended the eight-round race which was held over the cups of the late His Highness Shaikh Rashid bin Isa Al Khalifa.

HH Shaikh Turki bin Rashid presented the trophy of the eighth round to Assistant trainer, Paul Smith, while HH Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid honoured trainer, Allen Smith, the winner of the fourth round.

HH Shaikh Isa bin Rashid bin Isa bin Rashid Al Khalifa crowned assistant trainer, Mahmood Ali, the winner of the first round, owner Hussain Al-Afoo, the winner of the second round, and His Highness Shaikh Sultan Al Deen bin Mohammad bin Salman Al Khalifa, the winner of the fifth round.

Meanwhile, His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Turki bin Rashid Al Khalifa presented the trophies of the fourth and sixth rounds to trainer Allen Smith and owner Hadi Al Afoo.

His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa crowned trainer Allen Smith, the winner of the third round.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Music Commission to Hold the Second Edition of International Opera Festival

Riyadh, The Music Commission will hold the second edition of the International Opera Festival on November 2-4, 2023, at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh. The festival will include various opera performances and an exhibition of iconic pieces from the opera world.

The three-day festival hosts a group of the most famous opera artists; it will feature the World Philharmonic Orchestra and hold an exhibition of Franco Zeffirelli's opera productions, targeting music lovers of different ages and local and international celebrities in the music world.

Through holding this festival, the Music Commission aims to establish an international annual event to celebrate opera as one of the distinctive musical forms, presenting it to local talents and audiences as an important symbol of arts and culture, as well as contributing to supporting the music sector, enriching local culture and learning about global cultures.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Information Minister opens Bahrain Film Festival 2023

Dr. Ramzan bin Abdulla Al Noaimi, Minister of Information, has stated that the cinema is one of the promising sectors of the creative economy, which requires providing it with knowledge and empowering distinguished talented Bahrainis in all areas of the film industry to promote local production that reflects the Kingdom’s culture, identity and historical heritage.

The minister was speaking while opening the third edition of the Bahrain Film Festival, themed “Celebrating the Art of Film-making”, in the presence of a number of senior officials, media personnel, artists and a group of cinema stars from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Arab countries.

The Minister of Information said that the Bahrain Film Festival 2023 is held 100 years after the introduction of cinema into the kingdom, which indicates Bahrain’s clear leadership in this field, noting that its accumulated experiences are the source of inspiration for today’s generation of creative artists.

Dr. Al Noaimi added that this year’s edition aims to place the kingdom on the map of film festivals in the region, preserve the role of cinema in spreading national values and heritage, as well as convey Bahrain’s message and culture to all countries of the world.

The minister stated that the kingdom has the potential for success in the film industry, as it has been an incubator for film production for major international production companies since the 1970s.

He underlined the Information Ministry’s keenness to create the economic and creative atmosphere necessary for the success of qualitative investment projects in this field, and to support the private sector and foreign investments to develop the creative sector in the kingdom, paying tribute to Beyon company and NBB for supporting the festival and national efforts across many fields.

Osama Al Saif, Board of Directors Chairman of the Bahrain Cinema Club, the Festival Chairman, addressed the opening ceremony. He expressed thanks and appreciation to the Information Minister for patronising and supporting the Bahrain Film Festival, which will ensure its success.

He also praised the minister’s care for the cinema sector and youth filmmakers in the kingdom, which, he said, paves the way for more creativity in a cinema industry worthy of Bahrain’s cultural component.

Al Saif welcomed the festival’s guests and participants, affirming that the festival provides an opportunity for Bahraini youth artists to be informed about distinguished cinematic regional and international experiences.

The Information Minister then honoured a number of Bahraini and Arab artists and filmmakers, including Bahraini director Bassam Al Thawadi, for his landmark contributions to the cinema industry, Bahraini actress Shafeeka Yousif, for her continuous participation in Bahraini films, especially those produced by youth, and Egyptian star, Hala Sedki, for her 40-year career in the theatre, television and cinema.

The opening ceremony also featured the screening of a number of films that reflect aspects of partnership with film production institutions.

A total of 117 Arab short films are participating in the festival’s four categories, namely the Bahraini Film Competition, in which 19 films compete, short narrative films, in which 76 films compete, documentary films, in which 15 films compete, and the Animation Film Competition, in which 6 films compete.

Organised by the Bahrain Cinema Club from October 5 to 9, the Bahrain Film Festival 2023 is sponsored by Beyon and the National Bank of Bahrain (NBB), the festival’s strategic partners.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

General Entertainment Authority Announces Identity of Saudi National Day 93

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of General Entertainment Authority Advisor Turki Al AL-Sheikh launched today the new identity of the Saudi 93rd National Day, which is celebrated on September 23, "We dream and achieve."

National Day 93 identity was inspired by our ambitions, which have grown closer to reality and are represented through the massive projects Saudi Arabia promised in Vision 2030. As a result, Saudi Arabia's influence and position as a crucial and necessary participant at all levels of local and global economic output has grown.

The logo inspiration is like a dreamer painter's brush, drawing the borders of Saudi Arabia to embrace the dream with determination and persistence. Dreams are written to be established in the minds, as this is how dreamers plan their goals with confident steps to achieve them. The logo's colours are inspired by the nation's green colour, the nature of the Kingdom's land.

On this occasion, the General Entertainment Authority has requested that all entities from the public and private sectors use the Saudi National Day 93 Identity by following the guidelines on https://nd.gea.gov.sa/.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Al-Wedad Foundation Receives Two Awards from G2T Global Awards in Paris

The Al-Wedad Charity Foundation for Orphan Care has received two awards at the G2T Global Awards during a ceremony held in Paris, in the presence of several Arab and international public figures.

The foundation received the Best Arab Humanitarian Initiative Award for 2023. The Foundation’s CEO Dr. Dhaifallah Al-Naami also received the Arab Professional Excellence Award as the best CEO in the field of social and humanitarian work for 2023.

Source: Saudi Press Agency