Saudi Arabia has recently announced the establishment of two new art academies. In line with the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life Program, the initiative aims to improve the citizens’ lifestyle in Saudi Arabia.
Out of the two new academies, one will specialize in heritage and traditional arts, while the other is dedicated to music. Applicants can register for the heritage institute in the autumn of 2020 for short-term and long-term programs, whereas music-enthusiasts can expect to begin by 2021. Speaking to Arab News about the new music academy, Saudi musician Mamdouh Saif said, “this will be the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia.”
The first phase of expanding art education in the country is primarily to encourage the cultural sector. The Kingdom hopes that the new institutions will ultimately enlarge Saudi Arabia’s contribution to the arts industry.
In a statement, Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan said that the Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, and the academies would be the first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom. He added that the initiative enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vision has turned over a new leaf for Saudi Arabia and its art and music scene. This exciting news comes after the latest flood of musical concerts and festivals that brought international stars such as 50 Cent, Future, Jason Derulo, Enrique, Liam Payne, and Tyga to the Kingdom.