Saudi Arabia to establish two academies of heritage and music

Saudi Arabia to establish two academies of heritage and music

The Saudi ministry of culture to establish two art academies of heritage and music as part of the quality of life program initiatives, in implementation of the directives of the leadership in building and developing human beings, in line with the ministry’s vision and directions to contribute to achieving the goals of Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030

The Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Farhan, said in a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that investment in capacity building is one of the most important elements to encourage the cultural sector, which enjoys unlimited support from king Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, prince Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince, deputy prime minister, and defense minister.

Prince Badr said: “The Kingdom is rich in diverse arts, outstanding talents, and artistic production, pointing out that the art academies will be the beginning of academic rehabilitation within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

The academies of art to be started with two academies in the first phase, one specialized in heritage, traditional arts and crafts, which is to start in receiving applications in autumn 2020 and targets 1,000 students and trainees in long and short-term programs. While, the second academy will be dedicated to music and will receive 1,000 students and trainees, starting in 2021.

The two academies are among the 27 initiatives announced by the Ministry of Culture as a first package, in an effort to provide the cultural sector with distinguished human competences.

The ministry held several workshops on enhancing capacity building in the cultural sector with Saudi and international officials, specialists, and experts. It also conducted a comprehensive study of supply and demand in the Saudi market in the cultural sectors, which stressed the need to provide the cultural sectors with academically qualified cadres.