Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 November 2019

Jason Momoa and Jackie Chan to appear at Saudi Arabia film industry event

The Joy Forum is being held to promote the kingdom's growing movie industry

Jason Momoa is rumoured to be arriving in Saudi Arabia for the Joy Forum, an event which aims to promote the growth of Saudi cinema. EPA 
Jason Momoa is rumoured to be arriving in Saudi Arabia for the Joy Forum, an event which aims to promote the growth of Saudi cinema. EPA 

The Joy Forum has kicked off in Saudi Arabia, and with it comes the arrival of a host of international celebrities.

The event is being held to "help develop the entertainment industry in the kingdom," and it has been reported by the New York Post that Jason Momoa, Jackie Chan and Jean Claude van Damme will all be in attendance.

Jackie Chan is currently in Dubai filming for his new movie Vanguard. Courtesy Dubai Media Office
Jackie Chan, who is a regular visitor to Dubai, is also expected to attend Saudi's Joy Forum. Courtesy Dubai Media Office

The Joy Forum's website has announced that 15 international celebrities will be at the event, which runs from Sunday, October 13 until Monday, October 14, however it does not disclose names. The stars, or "Joy Makers" as the conference is dubbing them, are expected to attend the Joy Excellence Award ceremony on Sunday, October 13.

"In honour of Joy Forum 2019, a lavish gala dinner will be held in a spectacular setting, guests will enjoy a unique international and traditional dinner menu while enjoying an exciting performance program featuring international entertainment shows," the Joy Forum announced.

At the time of writing, neither Jason Momoa, Jackie Chan nor Jean Claude van Damme had confirmed that they would be in Saudi Arabia for the Joy Forum.

Momoa has visited Saudi Arabia once before. The Aquaman actor attended Comic Con Arabia in November 2017.

What is the Joy Forum?

A two day entertainment festival, held at the The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, the Joy Forum is gathering “top CEOs and thought leaders in global entertainment [and] an elite list of Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities.”

There are 30 speakers scheduled for the event, from VXF producer Christoph Roth, who is running a workshop about the ways virtual reality will change movies in the future; to theatre directer Raja Alotaibi, who is hosting the Theatre Production in The Entertainment Industry workshop.

The workshops are running throughout the day on Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14.

More information is available from joyforum.com

Updated: October 13, 2019 10:52 AM

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