Culture Ministry, Saudi Artists Participate in “BIENALSUR 2023” Exhibition in Argentina

The Ministry of Culture has actively participated in the opening ceremony of the “BIENALSUR 2023”, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South, at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event was held und…

The Ministry of Culture has actively participated in the opening ceremony of the "BIENALSUR 2023", the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South, at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event was held under the theme "Strangers in the Palace". Notable attendees included the Cultural Affairs Officer at the Kingdom's Embassy to Argentina, Khaled bin Ibrahim Al-Laheeb, the general director of the BIENALSUR exhibition, Aníbal Jozami, a delegation from the Ministry of Culture, as well as numerous Saudi and international artists who were showcasing their artworks.

During the opening, the Artistic Director of BIENALSUR, Diana Wechsler, expressed admiration for the Kingdom's pioneering role as the first Middle Eastern country to join the BIENALSUR network. She emphasized that collaborating with Saudi artists offered an excellent opportunity to explore diversity, cultural pluralism, and human exchange.

Wechsler elaborated on the essence of the chosen theme, "Strangers in the Palace", which highlights the contrast between the contemporary nature of the artworks presented by the artists and the traditional surroundings of the host venue, the National Museum of Decorative Arts. Being housed in a historical palace filled with classical collections and works of art, the museum reflects its historical significance. The theme symbolizes the sense of "alienation" experienced by Saudi artists who have traveled from outside of Argentina to showcase their work, thereby fostering cultural and human exchange through art.

The BIENALSUR 2023, which commenced on Friday, July 28, showcases the artworks of over 400 artists from 27 nationalities, including ten talented Saudi artists.

During the exhibition's run, Saudi Arabia will serve as one of the international stations for BIENALSUR from July to December 2023. This extensive event spans 170 locations across 70 cities, encompassing 27 countries and featuring the participation of 400 artists.

This marks the Ministry of Culture's third time hosting the prestigious BIENALSUR exhibition. The Kingdom had the honour of being the first Middle Eastern country to host the event in 2019 at the National Museum of Saudi Arabia and the Jax neighbourhood in Riyadh. The second time was in 2021 at the Khuzam Palace in Jeddah, where five Saudi artists were featured.

The Ministry's decision to host this exhibition stems from its dedication to providing top-notch creative platforms for art enthusiasts in the Kingdom. It aims to foster communication between Saudi creators and artists worldwide while supporting their access to important international platforms. Furthermore, this endeavour aligns with Saudi Vision 2030's strategic goals of promoting international cultural exchange.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

First Almond Festival to be held in Bahrain in July

An Almond Festival will be held in Bahrain for the first time next month, Agriculture and Marine Resources Undersecretary at the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture, Dr. Khalid Ahmed, has announced.The first edition of the festival will…

An Almond Festival will be held in Bahrain for the first time next month, Agriculture and Marine Resources Undersecretary at the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture, Dr. Khalid Ahmed, has announced.

The first edition of the festival will be held at the Bahraini Farmers’ Market site in the Budaiya Botanical Garden on July 8 and July 15.

He indicated that the Ministry plans to hold the Almond Festival every year to attract the citizens, residents and nationals of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, noting that it will feature a line-up of events that would appeal to visitors and highlight the progress the kingdom’s agricultural sector is witnessing.

He added that the Ministry, in cooperation with sponsors, mainly the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) and the Bahrain Agricultural Cooperative Society, is keen to ensure the distinction of the new festival, building on the outstanding success of the Bahraini Farmers’ Market.

He indicated that almond varieties will be displayed during the event, and 1,000 almond seedlings will be planted by the ministry on the sidelines of the festival.

The festival will also shed light on the manufacturing industries of almonds, and provide information on almond varieties, methods of cultivation and pests exposed to them. It will also feature almond-related educational activities for children, as the almond tree is part of the local heritage.

The undersecretary asserted that the Almond Festival will provide a platform for Bahraini farmers to market their products, as well as motivate them to increase their almond production, and introduce new varieties.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition features work of late Bahraini artist

In honor of the late Khalil Al Hashemi’s distinguished artistic journey, the 49th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition features a selection of the artist’s most significant artwork that transcend cultural barriers.The exhibition is open for the public …

In honor of the late Khalil Al Hashemi's distinguished artistic journey, the 49th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition features a selection of the artist's most significant artwork that transcend cultural barriers.

The exhibition is open for the public until July 10 where in addition to this year's entries from local artists, visitors can discover Al Hashemi's latest creations; featuring gold pieces from Devji Aurum Jewelry inspired by the late artist.

Al Hashemi is also the designer of Al Dana Award statuette, which is a prize awarded every year to the first winner in the exhibition.

With 55 Bahraini and expatriate artists participating this year, the exhibition showcases more than 100 works that include from paintings, sculptures, installation works, photography and video; all of which use a variety of materials, techniques, and belong to different art schools.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

5G download speeds in Bahrain peaks to 3.2 Gbps

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) released its 2022 report on the Quality of Service (QoS) of mobile networks in the Kingdom. This comprehensive audit aimed to provide an accurate assessment of Bahrain’s mobile network performance and …

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) released its 2022 report on the Quality of Service (QoS) of mobile networks in the Kingdom. This comprehensive audit aimed to provide an accurate assessment of Bahrain's mobile network performance and user experience based on three main areas: mobile coverage, quality of service, and billing.

According to the research, 5G download speeds in Bahrain reached a peak of 3.2 Gbps, enabling consumers to connect faster. Furthermore, 4G network average download speeds have more than doubled since 2020, going up from 85 Mbps in 2020 to 266 Mbps in 2022.

"Almost all of us use mobile services every day. Good mobile quality of service is essential. Our Mobile Audit shows that the quality of all three of our mobile networks and the services they support is good and continues to improve" Philip Marnick, TRA General Director, said.

"The TRA’s mobile audit is a comprehensive review of network performance. In order to ensure that the results reflect the real performance of the networks and services, certain unreliable data had to be removed. The increasing availability and use of 5G and improved network performance have led to the increase in the quality of service we see" he added.

"These achievements come as a result of the collaborative efforts between the TRA, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), and other stakeholders right across Bahrain's telecommunications industry" he said.

The TRA's QoS audit explored different areas of user experience, such as download and upload speeds, latency, social networking app performance, and webpage browsing. The report emphasizes mobile network progress, with 5G technology from all three Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) providing coverage across the whole population.

Source: Bahrain News Agency (BNA)

Bahrain News Agency wins Best Photography Award

Bahrain News Agency (BNA) won the “Best Photography Award” in the seventh edition of the Prime Minister’s Award for Journalism, which was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Mini…

Bahrain News Agency (BNA) won the "Best Photography Award" in the seventh edition of the Prime Minister's Award for Journalism, which was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

Photographer Yousif Tulefat from BNA took the photo of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Holiness Pope Francis during the latter’s visit to Bahrain in November 2022.

The photo, which documents a historical event, affirms the vision of coexistence and peace advocated by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

EXPRO Wins Two CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards

Expenditure and Project Efficiency Authority (EXPRO) has won two first-place awards from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) after competing with several governmental institutions and private sector companies from the region.The fi…

Expenditure and Project Efficiency Authority (EXPRO) has won two first-place awards from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) after competing with several governmental institutions and private sector companies from the region.

The first award the authority won was the “Best Collaborative Teamwork Project,” which it has implemented in partnership with several public agencies, including the Ministry of Health, the General Directorate of Health Services at the Ministry of Defense, the King Faisal Specialist Hospital Foundation and Research Center.

The second award, titled “Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Practices in Procurement Teams”, has been given to the EXPRO for its success in diversifying the supplier base and increasing opportunities for small and medium enterprises, to enhance their participation in the framework agreements and multiplicity's products and services.

Hani Mirza, Executive Vice President of EXPRO, said that the achievement reflects the authority’s commitment to achieving the highest standards of efficiency and quality in the government procurement sector, expressing thanks for the support of other government institutions.

The CIPS Award is among the world’s most prestigious awards for institutions achieving high levels of excellence in procurement and supply chain activities. CIPS is a global professional body specializing in many world regions' procurement and supply chain sectors.

Source: Saudi Press Agency