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Riyadh Cultural Forum Sheds Light on Gulf Creative Industries

Riyadh Cultural Forum Sheds Light on Gulf Creative Industries

Monday, 4 February, 2019 - 11:45
Panelists participating at the Creative Futures Forum in Riyadh. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Renowned speakers from over 10 countries, including key decision-makers in a range of creative industries from the Gulf and the UK, participated in a forum on cultural creativeness held at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh on Sunday.

The Creative Futures Forum, a two-day event, which concludes on Monday, discussed the social and economic impact of the cultural and creative sector in the Gulf region.

Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Maziad, CEO of the General Authority for Culture (GAC), gave the opening speech at the forum joined by Chief Executive of the British Council Ciaran Devane. The first keynote speaker slot went to Mira Noura Al-Faisal, a fine jewelry designer, who shared her views on means to creativity.

“This forum is a platform for key decision-makers and industry players to exchange ideas, discuss key issues and put forward their vision for the future of creative industries, which contribute significantly to stimulating economic growth,” Al-Maziad said.

“We are delighted to cooperate with the British Council and look forward to seeing the outcomes of this forum which can help shape and develop the visions and plans of the cultural sector in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.”

Saudi Arabia’s GAC oversees a number of national projects and initiatives, such as the Cultural Creativity Forum, in an effort to encourage and support local talents and youth.

Sunday’s discussions saw panelists address modern day digital skills integrated in the cultural sector.

The workshop was attended by representatives from UAE’S Tashkeel, a foundation for contemporary art and design, and professionals from the University of the Arts London.

The forum offers a unique opportunity to discuss the social and economic impact of the creative economy in the Gulf region. It also provides delegates with a platform to debate how best to support this emerging economic sector, notably through arts and culture education, and the development of soft and technical skills for the next generation.

Dialogue sessions in the event tackled a wide variety of subjects related to arts and cultures, including film, museums, festivals, music, live events, fashion, visual arts, performing arts, literature and design.

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