RIYADH: On the occasion of International Art Day, April 15, the Saudi Ministry of Culture and the Royal Institute of Traditional Arts (TRITA) organized for the second time in Riyadh the event. Hawiyah nights are life To discover traditional crafts in the month of Ramadan.
The event offers workshops and performances in a Ramadan and traditional setting.
Trita was established 2 years ago in Riyadh. It was originally a ministerial initiative to bring together culture and heritage and invite the public to discover fascinating aspects of Saudi Arabia.
The institute was later formed to become an independent institute offering three training programs in traditional Saudi arts, crafts and textiles with the aim of reviving the identity of the Saudi heritage.
the event Hawiyah nights are life It is the fruit of cooperation between the Ministry and the Institute, in partnership with the Theater and Performing Arts Committee.
Fouad Hassan, a visitor, testified, “I wanted to discover the Saudi identity, the identity of Najd, the way they make carpets, handicrafts, and everything related to the Saudi identity.”
Trita also offers a continuing education program that introduces students to different art forms to preserve their identity.
The Institute organizes, for example, activities in the field of performing and visual arts.
the event Hawiyah nights are life It included a session of traditional and folk tales told by the narrator, and a play presented by the Theater and Performing Arts Authority that represents the traditional Saudi game. Al-Qais.
Noura Al-Shuhail, a student at Trita, who also attended the event, opened up about her experience at the institute and what prompted her to attend the event. “I entered the institute because I love the arts. Basically, I am an artist, I paint,” she explains.
“I signed up for the embroidery programme, a painting through embroidery course, which lasts two weeks. I was very happy. Since then, I have continued to take lessons at the institute.”
The event includes several forms of Saudi traditional arts, including performing arts, embroidery, wood and bamboo crafts, Sadu and the Najdi section.
Sadu It is a traditional woven fabric used for tents and was famously made by Bedouins in the past. the Najdi section It is a traditional dress worn by women in central Najd, Saudi Arabia.
The event also presents two types of metalworking workshops: metal accessories and metal coffee pots.
“I often go to the Diplomatic Quarter, and today when I learned that there was an event, I came to find out because I am interested in Saudi culture,” says Aline Flehab, an occupational advisor.
“The way they interact with visitors and bring the culture to life is very interesting. It’s amazing,” she adds.
The event started on April 11th and will run until April 15th. Located in Riyadh’s diplomatic quarter, it is open to visitors daily between 8pm and 2am, and features live performances.
This text is a translation of an article published on Arabnews.com