With UAE announcing the theme of the year last month, Saudi Arabia has also announced the theme for 2020. Minister of Culture Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Nin Farhan has announced that the year 2020 will be the “Arabic Calligraphy Year.”
This announcement coincided with the celebration of World Arabic Language Day that falls on Dec. 18.
The theme is a celebration of the ancient art of Arabic calligraphy. During the Arabic Calligraphy Year 2020, the Ministry of Culture will organize qualitative activities that serve Arabic calligraphy.
It will enhance its presence in society throughout the year, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Calligraphy in its details and forms is the appreciation of the importance it represents in expressing the Arabic language, its history, and aesthetics.
The Year of Arabic Calligraphy is part of the ministry’s ongoing efforts to showcase important features of Arabic culture.
The ministry will organize a number of events and activities to promote Arabic calligraphy, and it will encourage government agencies and civil institutions to participate in these events, which will provide a platform for aspiring and established calligraphers.
Calligraphy is the ancient art that has had importance in Islamic history, Islamic calligraphy is crucial to its culture because of its role in religion and architecture.