About The Institute

The Royal Institute of Traditional Arts (Wrth) is an independent governmental entity, chaired on an honorary basis by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Its terms of reference and organizational arrangements are based on Cabinet Resolution No. (466) dated 8/17/1442 AH.

The Institute is concerned with providing quality education and training services in the field of traditional arts, and promoting them, encouraging and strengthening national capabilities in these fields. It focuses on developing an appreciation of living treasures and distinguished capabilities in traditional arts, contributing to preserving national assets in traditional arts, raising awareness of them, preserving them, and increasing their visibility locally and internationally.

In line with the vision of the Kingdom 2030, the Royal Institute of Traditional Arts (Wrth) seeks to represent the culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by storytelling the artistic history and stories of traditional artworks, and telling the stories of artists, while preserving the originality of these arts and encouraging those interested in them to learn, master, and develop them.

Traditional arts are an integral part of the culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is manifested in calligraphy, embroidery, textile art, jewelry making and other arts. Visual arts form a vital part of our heritage. It is not limited to visual arts, but the heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is rich in various forms of traditional arts, such as traditional performing arts or other things such as dance and music of a distinct nature for the various regions of the Kingdom. These arts have played a major role in our history, and there is no doubt that they have an important place in shaping our future.

'Art connects physical, social and emotional elements to create a sense of belonging to one's identity and heritage while providing experiences that individuals can delight.'