10 Apr 2018, Gergana Bencheva, EMIS Editor
Saudi Arabia to use French expertise to develop music, opera, cinema industries
Riyadh plans to set up a national opera and orchestra and has inked a deal with the Paris opera company to receive support in producing its own classical music and shows. Also, the Gulf state aims to enter short films at the Cannes cinema festival as it plans to develop a sustainable and dynamic film industry.
The move is in line with Prince Salman’s project to modernise the kingdom and diversify its economy. He has already lifted the ban on women driving, issued a decree to re-open cinemas and has allowed mixed-gender concerts despite firm opposition from religious hardliners, the Manila Bulletin added.
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