International artists will be offered the chance for the first time to take up residency in Saudi Arabia.
The new “cultural residency” scheme was among a raft of initiatives announced at a glittering event in Riyadh on Wednesday to launch the Ministry of Culture’s vision and strategy for the future.
They include arts prizes, scholarship programs and a culture fund to support artists.
“Today marks a turning point in the history of our nation,” said the Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan. “It is rare that a nation undergoes such a massive revival of its culture.
“The transformation of arts and culture will benefit all Saudis, young and old, from every corner of our country. It will help build bridges of understanding. And for our children, we will build a Saudi Arabia where their creative spirits can flourish.”
On the ministry’s Twitter account, the minister said a priority was to support Saudi talent.
“The Ministry will work to enable creatives and intellectuals and harness their potential,” Prince Badr said.
“We will work to promote culture as an enabler of coexistence and peaceful dialogue, and we are marching confidently towards a promising future.”
During the ceremony, the new Culture Ministry logo, focused on Saudi Arabia’s traditional colors, was displayed on screens as Saudi performers including Mohammed Abdo and Rashid Al-Faris took center stage.