On behalf of His Excellency, the Minister of Education Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh Bin Raja Allah Al-Solamy, sponsored today, Sunday morning, the opening ceremony of the First Theater Festival for Saudi Universities at the Al-Mahala Campus University Theater.
On the occasion, Rector Al-Solamy gave a speech in which he stressed the importance of the Saudi theater field and the great extent to which the university has and will invest in it. Rector Al-Solamy emphasized the vital importance of the event and that it means the world to our university to hold the event on its campus in pursuit of a spectacular contribution worthy of the watershed theatrical movement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He said, “Today, we welcome this constellation of theater performances in our dear country, and we are confident that we will meet and exceed the primary goals and aspirations of this blessed meeting." The Rector further stated that the university was keen on securing world-class arrangements and technological infrastructure for the festival to ensure the atmosphere will be one to remember for years to come.
Al-Solamy: It means the world to our university to host this event in pursuit of a spectacular contribution worthy of the watershed theatrical movement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Rector Al-Solamy conveyed to the guests and participants the welcoming message of the Governor of the Asir Region, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz. He explained that HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz wishes the festival phenomenal success. Immediately after, Al-Solamy thanked the Minister of Education for his steadfast support for all that would advance the educational process and student engagement. The Rector also seized the opportunity to thank members of the organizing committees for establishing the festival.
The event included the screening of a video entitled, "Theater: The Language of Communication." The presentation reviewed King Khalid University's efforts to support and activate the role of theater performances and to host the First Theater Festival of Saudi Universities. In addition, the presentation illustrated landmark achievements in the field of theater along with the numerous stages of development.
For his part, the Vice Dean of Student Affairs at Taif University, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy, thanked King Khalid University for organizing and hosting the festival and taking the lead in operations. He said, “we want to create a new concept in the culture of University Theater. We would like to attend similar festivals in different universities around the Kingdom."
At the end of the ceremony, the Rector honored Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Tami, Mr. Muteb Al-Thawab, and the Arts and Culture Association in Abha for their active role in the development of Saudi Theater. He also honored the Theater Activities Director at King Khalid University for bringing home first place in the Best Scenography Category at the International Pioneers Festival in Morocco.