In a press conference in Riyadh yesterday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry talked about scaling up the cultural exchange between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, amongst other things. Chaudhry shared details about the country’s willingness in supporting Saudi Arabia in its cultural revival, especially with the help of local talent.
“We have well-reputed performing art academies in the country and as Saudi Arabia is focusing on establishing new academies for performing arts, we would want to extend the support of our artists including actors, film directors as well as calligraphers,” he said.
According to Chaudhry, authorities from the other country are just as eager to accept Pakistan’s offer, naming Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, the Minister of Culture in Saudi Arabia as one of the advocates of the cause. It is also expected that Pakistani dramas will be airing in the Middle Eastern country soon, starting off with their airlines.
“We are also working on arranging Arabic dubbing of local TV dramas that will soon be exported to Saudi Arabia. In addition, we also expect Saudi Airlines to include Pakistani dramas as part of their in-flight entertainment content,” he said. “Pakistani films will be screened in Saudi Arabia and China,” he added.
Back in Islamabad after a very pleasant visit of Riyadh,had the honour of attending Inagural ceremony of Culture ministry headed by a dynamic and spirited HRH prince @BaderAlSaud HRH is frontline warrior of HRH Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision of cultural revolution in KSA
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 29, 2019
To further seal the deal, a carnival is also expected to be held in Saudi Arabia, which will also be attended by notable artists. “A large mela for Pakistani expatriates will be organized in April in Saudi Arabia. The Pakistani community will have a lot to see, explore and enjoy in the fair which will also be attended by local artistes,” he shared.
Chaudhry also feels this will open many gateways for Pakistani cinema owners, who can now inaugurate cinemas in Saudi Arabia easily.