Three women appointed to Saudi culture authority board

Three women appointed to Saudi culture authority board
Haifaa Al Mansour.
Published: 11 April 2018 - 8:24 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, has appointed a new board of directors for the kingdom's General Authority for Culture. Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Culture handles and oversees all the cultural activities in the country and is expected to establish several new cultural platforms as part of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 plan.

Awwad, who is also the chairman of the General Authority for Culture, said that the board of directors’ main duty will be to develop the cultural and arts sectors in the kingdom at a competitive level and highlight them. They will also work on cultural exchanges with other countries and introduce the world to the creative and cultural aspects of the kingdom while disseminating a message of peace and love through literary, intellectual and cultural works.

Among those appointed to the board were three women, two of whom are theatre and film directors.

Saudi Arabia’s first female director, Haifaa al-Mansour will be on the board of directors. She is one of the country’s best-known and most controversial directors with landmark movies such as Wajda, the kingdom's first entry to the Oscar's. Al-Mansour's work is renowned in the kingdom and she has been a leading figure championing the importance of culture and for the role of women in leading cultural development.

Mona Khazandar, a prominent figure in the Saudi art scene is also named to the board. She is the first Saudi ever to be appointed as director general of the Institut du Monde Arabe, and is also VP and founding member of the “Al-Mansouria Foundation for Culture and Creativity”, a non-profit cultural foundation that aims to promote Arab contemporary art.

The third woman board member is playwright and theatre director Maysa Al-Sobehy, who has achieved recognition for her work in theatre and arts throughout the Kingdom. Her work has been featured in international festivals and shed light on various cultural and social topics in Saudi Arabia.

The board will invest talents and energy to develop creative platforms in various segments of society in order to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.

The authority will mainly focus on the sectors of film and content, literature, theatre and performing arts, in addition to music and visual arts.

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