28th Janadriyah Festival opens doors to visitors

April 4, 2013

The 28th Janadriyah National Festival for Heritage and Culture opened its doors today, receiving 300,000 visitors. During its twenty-seven year history, the Festival, organized by the National Guard, has presented the history, culture, and heritage of the Kingdom in a two million square meter venue. It has hosted nearly seventy-eight lectures, two hundred and twenty-nine cultural symposia, and fifty-six poetic events attended by more than 5,000 writers and intellectuals from the Kingdom and abroad, in addition to printing three hundred and forty-nine books on Saudi history and heritage.

The annual event was launched in 1405 H. [1985] with the support of Commander of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who serves as Chairman of the Festival’s Higher Committee.

This year, visitors will encounter approximately three hundred examples of traditional crafts, more than twenty local folkloric troupes, and over sixty exhibits set up by governmental and private bodies. One of Festival’s central events is the camel race, which will include approximately 1,200 participants.

The Janadriyah Festival will close its doors on April 19.