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Janadriyah Festival postponed till 2021 amid COVID-19

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

15th Jul, 2020. 11:50 am
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the Kingdom, the Saudi Culture Ministry has postponed the Janadriyah National Heritage and Culture Festival until the first quarter of 2021.

Media reports said that the popular cultural event was earlier scheduled for November 2020.

The responsibility to organize the festival was also transferred from the Ministry of National Guard to the Ministry of Culture.

The festival has emerged as a creative project that is completely Saudi.

It reflects the leadership’s care for the history of the Kingdom and its keenness to introduce the Islamic civilization and shed light on folk arts, culture, and heritage.

Since it was first held in 1985, the Janadriyah festival has offered a variety of activities and programs, including the establishment of a heritage village that presents the cultural history of all provinces in the Kingdom, and includes a commercial market and exhibitions of objects and tools used by Saudis in the past.

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz was the first to organize this festival. He fostered it and developed it to become the top Arab festival that showcases the local heritage of all Arabian Peninsula regions as well as the Saudi Arabian heritage”

The festival attracts a remarkable turnout of local and expatriate visitors, as well as visitors from outside the Kingdom.

Each province of the kingdom is represented with its own pavilion, usually a recreation of local architecture.

Visitors stroll through the pavilions looking at local arts and crafts and representatives eager to talk about the history and wonders of their particular region.

Food is plentiful as one can eat his or her way across the varied cuisines of the Arabian peninsula or grab a quick shwarma from the stand.

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