Ithra and Communities Get Ready to Celebrate
A collection of Saudi cultural and heritage programs to highlight diversity across the Kingdom.
In celebration of the 91st Saudi National Day, and to highlight cultural diversity across the Kingdom, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) launches a collection of Saudi cultural and heritage programs and activities rich in creativity and knowledge art to highlight the diversity across the Kingdom. Ithra’s National Day slogan is “Melodies of the Homeland.” The celebratory activities start on September 22 and end on 25, 2021. The programs will highlight the identity of the Kingdom, which brought a green reality and a national heritage to society.
The National Day activities aim to present a collection of interactive arts, art performances, in addition to live shows, traditional local crafts, interactive cultural activities, various workshops, knowledge-based games for all age groups, musical performances, and the Al-Ardah Al-Najdiah, which is held on multiple festive occasions.
The National Day activities include the Coffee Tales exhibition, which will shed light on the practice of farming coffee and the traditions associated with it, particularly in the Jazan region, as well as Saudi Aramco’s efforts to preserve it.
The music of Samiri Hail reflects the connection the people have with their land, manifested through words and melodies. The art of Grain Pounding is a performance art celebrated by the farmers of Al-Ahsa region and reflects the celebration of the residents of the oasis for the bounties of their land, from wheat to rice, during the harvest seasons.
Children will also enjoy a set of programs that explore the diversity of folklore and cultural heritage in the Kingdom.
Ardah enthusiasts will also enjoy the performance on Saudi National Day.
The Arab artist, Ahmed Alshaiba will perform on Ithra’s stage to play the finest music in his unique style, combining eastern and western genres.
Ithra visitors can view the programs of the 91st Saudi National Day through Ithra’s website https://www.ithra.com/en. All activities and programs require booking in advance.
There will be plenty of activities in Aramco communities for employees and dependents to enjoy this national day. In Dhahran, a vehicle parade with traditional music and folklore performances will make its way through the community that will be adorned with national day flags.
In the Southern Area, street light decorations will light up all communities, while at Qurayyah beach visitors will enjoy outdoor special movies, cake cutting, a parade, and a stage with music and games.
In Ras Tanura, Friday will host the main celebration for the Saudi national day including water activities, outdoor portable trampoline, splash pad, and two fly board shows; one in the afternoon, and another one in the evening. In addition, concession outlets will be available.