The Saudi Ministry of Culture has announced a cultural ideas contest offering prizes of up to SR300,000 ($80,000). Participants are being asked to put forward proposals for creative and innovative activities at festivals and events being staged in the Kingdom. Cash awards will be made to entrants judged to have come up with the three best ideas, and e-registration for the competition is open for 14 days at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/ideathon. The country’s first Cultural Ideas Marathon is part of the Quality of Life Program, an initiative contributing towards the goals of Vision 2030 . The Marathon is also the first activity from the Ministry’s Cultural Ideas Center. The marathon, held in financial partnership with NCB, is aimed at developing ideas and transforming them into distinctive cultural events and festivals, as well as providing support and training to participants. A five-day screening process will begin on January 11, with the results of the participating teams being announced on the 16th. The following day the team formation phase will begin, based on the results of the screening. The marathon will start on January 18 and its activities will last for five days, interspersed with workshops, talks and guidance sessions, preparing teams to present their ideas to judges. Final results and selection of the three winning teams will take place on January 26. Organizers have split the contest into 11 cultural categories of museums, films, heritage, fashion, libraries, literature and publishing, culinary arts, visual arts, architecture and design, theatre and performing arts, and music. The Ministry and Cultural Ideas Center hope the marathon will provide an opportunity for creative individuals, entrepreneurs, and companies specializing in cultural events to share, support, and develop their ideas.
April 7, 2021 - 12:00