Qemam International Festival thrills Aseer with 3rd Mountain Arts extravaganza
The third edition of the Qemam International Festival for Mountain Performance Arts was launched today by the Saudi Theater and Performing Arts Commission, The post Qemam International Festival thrills Aseer with 3rd Mountain Arts extravaganza appeared first on Travel And Tour World.
The third edition of the Qemam International Festival for Mountain Performance Arts was launched today by the Saudi Theater and Performing Arts Commission, a sector-specific commission under the Ministry of Culture. The festival, running until January 27, 2024, takes place at eight archaeological sites across the Aseer region, aiming to promote awareness of the rich artistic and historical heritage of both the Kingdom and the world. It showcases traditional performing arts, contributes to the development of the theatrical and performing arts sector, and seeks to enhance the quality of life.
Commencing with a lively parade on Prince Sultan Road in Khamis Mushait, the festival featured 20 Saudi groups and 25 international groups presenting 40 mountain-themed performances in traditional attire. The opening ceremony, held at King Khalid University Theater in Abha, featured performances by renowned artists Melhem Zein and Fouad Abdelwahed, along with local performance groups that captivated the audience.
Sultan Al-Bazie, CEO of the Theater and Performing Arts Commission, emphasized unprecedented developments in this year’s festival, including 15 new performance groups, four from Saudi Arabia, and twelve from various parts of the world. The event also includes eight additional performances inspired by mountains, surpassing last year’s showcase.
The festival introduces groundbreaking advancements with theatrical performances from local and international artists at eight locations: Basta Al-Qabil, Bin Hamasan Village, Shamsan Castle, Bin Adwan Heritage Village, Malik Historical Palace, Al-Mushait Palaces, Al-Abo Sarrah Palaces, and the Castles of Abu Nuqata Al-Mutahmi.
Cultural activities at these locations highlight the historical treasures of the region and local traditional performance arts. Visitors can explore shops selling crafts and gifts, enjoy local cuisine, relax in designated areas, listen to live music performances, and participate in diverse children’s activities. Additionally, a comprehensive cultural program, including interactive seminars and workshops conducted by local and international experts at Abha Literary Club, provides insights into the history of mountain arts, costumes, and traditional artistic professions such as sculpture and weaving.
Organized annually by the Saudi Theater and Performing Arts Commission in the Aseer region, the festival aims to introduce the local community, expatriates, and tourists to the heritage of various performing arts, create job opportunities for local talents, and encourage international cultural exchange.
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