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Magnificent light and art festival launched in Riyadh

العاصمة تشرق فناً وألواناً في نور الرياض

19 MAR 2021

Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi

The new annual Noor Riyadh festival showcases more than 30 light installations, which starts on March 18 and runs until April 3 in different venues across the capital. The exciting festival will be a platform to display the city’s creativity and talent through the highest quality of light artworks across the largest city footprint. Its theme is “Under the Sky” and expresses hope for a brighter future as the world recovers from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Noor Riyadh

More than 60 international and Saudi artists have created installations for the 17-day event, which also brings together contemporary and modern art. Noor Riyadh or Light of Riyadh features an interactive show with outdoor sculptures, workshops, volunteering opportunities, cinematic shows, and educational talks.

An awe-inspiring experience

The festival seeks to take visitors on an emotional experience that evokes joy, contemplation, and appreciation for culture. As part of Vision 2030 initiatives to promote culture and art, there will also be a music show hosted by MDL Beast Freqways, a streaming platform, with performances from Hats & Klaps, Kayan, and DesertF!sh.

Light Upon Light

One of the presentations in the festival is called “Light Upon Light”, which showcases art from the 1960s to the present day. It was put together by Dr. Eiman Elgibreen, a curator of the Saudi National Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, Pam Toonen, from Light Art Collection, and Vincenzo de Bellis, an international curatorial consultant.

Explore the artworks at the King Abdullah Financial District and King Abdulaziz Historical Center. 

For more information about the installations and event locations can be found on the Riyadh Art Program website: Ticket price 50 SAR. Entrance is free for children under the age of six.