Here’s yet another change for Saudi Arabia!
The Saudi Ministry of Culture on Monday revealed that the Kingdom will make its first official appearance at France’s Cannes film festival, submitting a selection of short films in the prestigious competition that will open next month.
“We are very happy that there will be an official participation at the Cannes festival, for the first time,” Saudi Minister for Culture said after talks with his French counterpart Francoise Nyssen.
Part of an official visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to France, the development occurred as the two countries reportedly signed an agreement, where the Paris Opera will help to set up a national orchestra and an opera in Saudi Arabia.
The move is a part of an overall liberalisation of the Middle-Eastern country by the young crown prince, who has already given approval to the legalization of driving for women, amongst other things.