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HH Sayyid Bilarab Opens Swiss Non-Conformist Design, Hope 2023 Exhibitions

HH Sayyid Bilarab Opens Swiss Non-Conformist Design, Hope 2023 Exhibitions  Muscat, 1 Feb (ONA) --- His Highness Sayyid Bilarab bin Haitham Al Said presided over a ceremony at the National Museum today to inaugurate the exhibition of Swiss Non-Conformist Design. The exhibition was held in cooperation with the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Oman, within the context of celebration of the 50thanniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two friendly countries. HH Sayyid Bilarab also opened another exhibition titled "Hope: Housing, People and Environment ...

ROHM Announces Concert Featuring Renowned Star Fatoumata Diawara

ROHM Announces Concert Featuring Renowned Star Fatoumata Diawara Muscat, 29 Jan (ONA) --- The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) announced an exciting concert featuring a global phenomenon: Fatoumata Diawara, The Star of Africa, who will perform at the Royal Opera House of Musical Arts on 9 and 10 February 2023. Hailed as a visionary musician and voice for unity and hope, Fatoumata Diawara sings in her native Bambara. She dresses with magnificent originality, taking on the traditional elements of her heritage and bringing them to life for her ...

Asian Arabic Debating Championship Kicks off in Oman

Asian Arabic Debating Championship Kicks off in Oman Muscat, 29 Jan (ONA) --- The Asian Arabic Debating Championship kicked off today at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) with 320 participants from 18 countries. The championship, hosted by the Sultanate of Oman, is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Oman Debate Centre and QatarDebate Centre. The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Basil Ahmed Al Rawas, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth for Sports and Youth. The 320 participants contesting this edition ...

Oman Participates in Cairo International Book Fair

Oman Participates in Cairo International Book FairMuscat, 26 Jan (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman is taking part in the 54th edition of Cairo International Book Fair which runs till 6 February 2023.Oman’s participation in the event seeks to showcase Oman’s civilization and highlight intellectual thinking, literary, cultural and historical aspects of the country.Oman is represented at the book fair by the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and other ...

“Costa Rica Virtuoso Guitars” Set to Offer Unique Melodies to Audiences at ROHM

“Costa Rica Virtuoso Guitars” Set to Offer Unique Melodies to Audiences at ROHM Muscat, 26 Jan (ONA) --- The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) announced that it will be presenting “Costa Rica Virtuoso Guitars” concert on 2 and 3 February 2023. The concert features the amazing Costa Rica Guitar Quartet with an additional string ensemble, who will perform on stage at the Royal Opera House of Musical Arts. The Costa Rica Guitar Quartetare an award-winning ensemble who blend the unique rhythm and sounds of Latin American music with contemporary adaptations paying homage ...

320 Participants from 18 Countries Taking Part in Asian Arabic Debating Championship

320 Participants from 18 Countries Taking Part in Asian Arabic Debating Championship Muscat, 25 Jan (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman will host the 2ndedition of the Asian Arabic Debating Championship from 29 January to 2 February 2023. As many as 320 participants from 18 countries will be taking part in the contest. This was announced at a press conference held by the organizers, namely the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Oman Debate Centre and QatarDebate Centre. The main committee of the championship is chaired by HH Sayyid Firas Fatik Al ...

ROHM is Set to Present Spectacular Folk Music Festival

ROHM is Set to Present Spectacular Folk Music Festival Muscat, 23 Jan (ONA) --- The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) will present a festival of traditional and heritage music entitled “Folk Music Festival”. The Festival will take place on 26 and 27 January 2023 at the Royal Opera House of Musical Arts. The Folk Music Festival is becoming an annual event which offers audiences a musical journey around the world with special guest countries invited to attend. The Festival celebrates the traditional folk music of each country, acknowledging the intrinsic value of ...

National Museum Participates in “Al-Madar” Islamic Arts Biennial at Jeddah

National Museum Participates in “Al-Madar” Islamic Arts Biennial at JeddahJeddah, 23 Jan (ONA) --- The National Museum is taking part in the “Al-Madar” exhibition, the first Biennial of Islamic Arts of its kind in the world, which is held at the Hajj Terminal in King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. The Biennial is held till 23 April 2023, with the participation of 12 institutions from all over the world.The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Prince Badr Abdullah Al Saud, Saudi Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Diriyah Biennale ...

National Museum Holds “Oman in Photography” Discussion Panel

National Museum Holds “Oman in Photography” Discussion Panel Muscat, 17 Jan (ONA) --- The National Museum represented by the learning Centre, in collaboration with the French Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman, hosted today a discussion panel titled “Oman in Photography: A Scenographic Experience Through the Lens of Omani and French Photographers” The conference was attended by Veronique Aulagnon, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Sultanate of Oman. It was also attended by photography enthusiasts, members of photography societies, students, teachers, professional ...

Royal Opera House to Present Gala Concert Friday

Royal Opera House to Present Gala Concert Friday Muscat, 3 Jan (ONA) —— The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) will present this Friday a gala concert entitled ‘Opera Hits’. The concert will feature solo artists with singers from the Choir of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari accompanied by the Orchestra of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and conducted by the charismatic young maestro, Gaetano Lo Coco. Opera Hits is a concert compiled of arias, duets and overtures from the world’s best loved opera songs. Drawing from operas across the classical canon, ...

ROHM to Present Pianist Gile Bae with Armenian Symphony Orchestra

ROHM to Present Pianist Gile Bae with Armenian Symphony Orchestra Muscat, 25 Dec (ONA) --- The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) announced a concert will be staged on 31 December 2022 featuring the acclaimed pianist Gile Bae and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. Gile Bae is an extraordinary pianist who has been performing to great acclaim since the age of 5. Bae is joined by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra to perform a beautiful, sophisticated concert with a programme of the finest pieces of classical music, under the baton of the legendary conductor, Jan ...

State Council Chairman Hands over Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts, Literature to Winners

State Council Chairman Hands over Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts, Literature to WinnersMuscat, 21 Dec (ONA) —- Delegated by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Sheikh Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Khalili, Chairman of the State Council handed over the 9th version of Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature to the winners at Al Wahat Club here this evening.This edition of the Award is allocated for Omanis in areas of Omani Heritage (Culture category), Theatre Teams (Arts category), and Article (Literature category).The Award’s handing over ceremony included a speech for ...

Flash Gordon Director Mike Hodges Dies Aged 90

Flash Gordon Director Mike Hodges Dies Aged 90 London, 21 Dec (ONA) --- Mike Hodges, the director of films including Flash Gordon and Get Garter, has died aged 90. Hodges' film credits include Croupier, The Terminal Man and 2003's I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, his final feature film. Born in Bristol in 1932, Hodges worked as a chartered accountant and spent two years serving on a Royal Navy minesweeper around fishing ports in the north of England. His first job in the entertainment industry was working as a teleprompter operator for TV, which led him to producing and ...

Ancient South Australia Cave Art Destroyed by Vandals

Ancient South Australia Cave Art Destroyed by Vandals Canberra, 21 Dec (ONA) --- Vandals have destroyed sacred artwork in South Australia thought to be about 30,000 years old. The Nullarbor Plain art, which are designs carved into the chalk limestone walls of the Koonalda Cave, has special significance for the region's Aboriginal Mirning people, BBC news reported. The vandals are thought to have dug under a steel gate before scrawling "don't look now, but this is a death cave" on the walls. The local authorities are investigating. The Koonalda Cave has been listed as ...

Germany Returns Looted Artefacts to Nigeria

Germany Returns Looted Artefacts to Nigeria Abuja, 21 Dec (ONA) --- Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has handed 22 artefacts looted in the 19th Century back to Nigeria at a ceremony held in the capital, Abuja. The return of this set of Benin Bronzes follows a deal made earlier in 2022 to transfer ownership of more than 1,000 of these precious objects. In July, Nigeria said it was the first time a European country had entered into this kind of agreement. Among the objects returned were some of the famous ceremonial heads, an ivory carving, as well as a ...

Bilarab Award for Architectural Design Approves Finalists of Preliminary Sorting

Bilarab Award for Architectural Design Approves Finalists of Preliminary Sorting Muscat, 20 Dec (ONA) --- HH Sayyid Bilarab bin Haitham Al Said presided over a meeting of the main committee of Bilarab bin Haitham Award for Architectural Design, in the presence of the jury panel, to follow up the latest developments in the second round of the Award. HH Sayyid Bilarab was briefed through a presentation on the work progress of the Award. He also listened to a detailed explanation about the Award’s plan in a manner that contributes to achieving its goals and aspirations. The ...

Board of Trustees of Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts, Literature Meets

Board of Trustees of Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts, Literature Meets Muscat, 20 Dec (ONA) --- The Board of Trustees of the Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature held here a meeting today under the chairmanship of Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award. The meeting reviewed the march of the Award through a presentation highlighting its editions, fields, winners, the accompanying media campaigns, events, activities, and cultural, artistic and literary programmes. The ...

State Council Chairman to Patronize over Honouring Winners of Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture

State Council Chairman to Patronize over Honouring Winners of Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture Muscat, 19 Dec (ONA) --- Delegated by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Sheikh Abdulmalik Abdullah Al Khalili, Chairman of the State Council, will preside over the handing over ceremony of Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature (9th edition, 2022) scheduled to be held on Wednesday, 21 December 2022.Winners of this edition, which is for Omanis only, will receive a medal of commendation, in addition to a cash prize, in fields of culture, science, arts and literature.--- ...

‘Avatar 2’ Makes Waves with USD 134 Million in North America

‘Avatar 2’ Makes Waves with USD 134 Million in North America New York, 19 Dec (ONA) --- “Avatar: The Way of Water” didn’t make quite as big of a splash as many assumed it would, but James Cameron’s big budget spectacle still helped breathe life into the box office this weekend. The sequel earned $134 million from North American theatres and USD 300.5 million internationally for a USD 434.5 million global debut, according to studio estimates. It tied with “The Batman” as the fourth highest domestic debut of the year, behind “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of ...

ROHM to Host Acrobatic Extravaganza ‘Carousel’

ROHM to Host Acrobatic Extravaganza ‘Carousel’ Muscat, 18 Dec (ONA) --- The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) announced three nights of spectacular dance in Carousel, from the international ambassadors of Italian culture, the Kataklò Athletic Dance Theatre. Following on from their performance of Play that closed the Spring 2022 season, ROHM is offering another acrobatic extravaganza to audiences in Oman. Carousel takes moments from life and transforms them into a dance, drawing out the emotional and physical connections which make them special. Giulia Staccioli, founder and ...

Symposium Held to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Oman Daily’s First Edition

Symposium Held to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Oman Daily’s First Edition Muscat, 14 Dec (ONA) --- The Ministry of Information, represented by Oman Daily, today held a symposium themed “This nation and this paper” at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC). The symposium was held within the framework of celebrating the 50th anniversary of issuance of Oman newspaper’s first edition. The event aimed to highlight political, cultural and social contexts coinciding with the establishment of Oman Daily newspaper. It also analyzed the contents of the newspaper and ...

Omani Civilization Exhibition Inaugurated at Sharjah Archeology Museum

Omani Civilization Exhibition Inaugurated at Sharjah Archeology MuseumSharjah, 14 Dec (ONA) --- The “Omani Civilisation: Origin and Development” exhibition, organized by the National Museum in cooperation with Sharjah Museums Authority, was inaugurated today at Sharjah Archeology Museum. The exhibition runs till 7 June 2023. The exhibition’s opening ceremony was held under the patronage of Sheikh Dr. Sultan Mohammed Al Qasimi, United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) Supreme Council Member and Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah. The event was also attended by Salim Mohammed Al Mahrouqi, Minister ...

National Museum Holds Seminar on Administration, International Collaboration on Loan Collections

National Museum Holds Seminar on Administration, International Collaboration on Loan CollectionsMuscat, 14 Dec (ONA) --- The National Museum, represented by the learning centre, in collaboration with the US Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman and the Smithsonian Institution – the world’s largest museum and research complex and the United States’ preeminent cultural center – launched a series of (3) seminars.Those seminars focus on museum administration and international collaborations on the loan of collections to Omani museum professionals, scholars, and university students during the ...

National Museum to Inaugurate Omani Civilisation Exhibition Tomorrow

National Museum to Inaugurate Omani Civilization Exhibition Tomorrow Muscat, 13 Dec (ONA) --- The National Museum will inaugurate tomorrow the exhibition “Omani Civilization: Origin and Development” at the Sharjah Archeology Museum of the Sharjah Museums Authority. The exhibition will be held till 7 June 2023. The opening ceremony of the exhibition is held under the patronage of Sheikh Dr. Sultan Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Supreme Council and Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah. It will also be attended by Salim Mohammed Al Mahrouqi, Minister of ...

Oman Hosts 9th Round of American Institute of Architects in Middle East Conference

Oman Hosts 9th Round of American Institute of Architects in Middle East ConferenceMuscat, 8 Dec (ONA) ---- Represented by the National Museum, the Sultanate of Oman today hosted the 9th round of the conference of American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the Middle East for 2022. The opening ceremony of the two-day conference, themed “The Sultanate of Oman: A Canvas Untouched”, was held under the auspices of HH Sayyeda Mayyan Shihab Al Said.In her speech, HH Sayyeda Mayyan underscored the significance of environments that are built on well-being, culture, infrastructure and a ...

100 Million-Year-Old Plesiosaur Skeleton Discovery ‘Could Hold the Key’ To Prehistoric Research

100 Million-Year-Old Plesiosaur Skeleton Discovery Could Hold the Key to Prehistoric ResearchCanberra, 7 Dec (ONA) --- The discovery of a giant 100 million-year-old marine reptile’s skeleton in Australia has been hailed by researchers as a breakthrough that may provide vital clues about prehistoric life.The remains of the 6-meter (19 feet) tall juvenile long-necked plesiosaur, also known as an elasmosaur, were found by a trio of amateur fossil hunters on a cattle station in the western Queensland outback in August.Espen Knutsen, senior curator of palaeontology at the Queensland ...

Calligraphic Art Exhibition "Karma" Opened at Omani Society for Fine Arts

Calligraphic Art Exhibition "Karma" Opened at Omani Society for Fine Arts Muscat, Dec 5 (ONA) --- The Omani Society for Fine Arts today played hosts to a Japanese calligraphy art exhibition titled "KARMA". The exhibition is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Oman. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Oman and Japan. The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of HH Sayyeda Alia Thuwaini Al Said, in the presence of Jota Yamamoto, Ambassador of Japan to Oman, ...

ROHM Announces Spectacular Kulthumiyat Concert

ROHM Announces Spectacular Kulthumiyat Concert Muscat, 4 Dec (ONA) --- The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) has announced the return of the special “Kulthumiyat” concert, celebrating the legacy of Umm Kulthum. The concert for 2022 features two exceptional artists, Yosra Mahnouch and Mia Farouk, renowned singers of the Umm Kulthum repertoire. The concert will be accompanied by the Amir Abdul Majid Ensemble, conducted by Amir Abdul Majid. Umm Kulthum was an exceptional artist with a unique voice who dedicated her life to art. She is not only the most famous superstar in ...

Self-Portrait of Max Bechmann Expected to Fetch USD 30 Million in Auction

Self-Portrait of Max Bechmann Expected to Fetch USD 30 Million in Auction Berlin, 29 Nov (ONA) --- A self-portrait created by artist Max Beckmann during World War II is expected to fetch up to 30 million euros ($31.11 million).Auction house Villa Grisebach in Berlin estimates that 'Self-portrait in yellow-pink' will attract bids of up to 30 million euros.The self-portrait, painted in 1943, is a rarely seen masterpiece, Micaela Kapitzky, director and partner at Villa Grisebach, told Reuters.Beckmann is widely viewed as a major modern artist of the last ...

Culture Ministry Event Underlines Cognitive Investment Among Youth

Culture Ministry Event Underlines Cognitive Investment Among YouthMuscat, 29 Nov (ONA) --- The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth organized today a forum on cognitive investment titled “Utilizing the Knowledge of Youth in Cultural Projects”.The event, organized in cooperation with Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), targeted various segments of youth, including students of universities and colleges and people interested in cognitive and cultural investment.The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Dr. Muna Salim Al Jardani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher ...