By Innovation-sa on April 3, 2019 in News

International artists will be able to take residency in Saudi Arabia as part of a new”cultural residency” program, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Culture said during an event in Riyadh.


The residency scheme is one among a series of initiatives announced at the launch of the Ministry of Culture’s vision and strategy for future. Other major programs announced at the event includes arts prizes, festivals, exhibitions, libraries, fashion weeks, a national theater, a national film archive, a cultural city, scholarship programs and a culture fund to support artists.


Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture, announced initiatives designed to transform the Kingdom’s cultural sector into an essential part of people’s everyday lives. He focused on creating an environment that supports national talents in all areas and sectors, while simultaneously preserving the country’s culture and wealth.


The announcements have been seen as a key part of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious plan for future, Vision 2030, launched by Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman in 2016. The plan outlined culture and entertainment as key sectors that could help drive the country away from oil dependency.


Arab News – March 28 2019