The festival draws in not local and expatriates living in the Kingdom, but visitors from the world over…

The Ministry of Culture has announced that the National Festival of Heritage and Culture (Janadriyah Festival) is now postponed until the first quarter of 2021.

The decision to postpone the event is in line with the ministry’s precautionary measures to ensure the safety of visitors and staff and to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The festival is now in its 35th edition and it would have been the first time the event was organised by the Ministry of Culture.

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For its previous 34 editions, it was organised by the Ministry of National Guard and the event has been visited by leaders of countries and senior officials from around the world.

However, for its 35th edition, the responsibility for the event was passed on to the Ministry of Culture who had elaborate plans in place to make the Janadriyah Festival an even bigger and distinguished event.

The Ministry of Culture had the event scheduled for November this year which was to coincide with the G20 summit in Riyadh allowing a great opportunity for visitors from around the world to sample some of the country’s cultural traditions.

The event in the past has been two weeks long, but the ministry is considering extending the number of days of the event.

Abdul Karim Al-Humaid, a spokesman of the Ministry of Culture, said that the ministry wants to develop the cultural content of the festival and provide various activities and programs that reflect the depth of the national heritage.

A number of meetings and workshops were also set up with experts and intellectuals to discuss ways the festival can be developed and enriched with more cultural content all in-keeping with the Vision 2030 reform plan.

At the moment, we don’t have the new dates for the festival in 2021, but we will let you know as soon as we do.

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