Abu Dhabi: With added safety measures in place, a 17-day magic light festival in Riyadh in March will transform the Saudi capital into a giant art gallery of incredible 3D displays, projections on buildings, sculptures, interactive performances and outdoor installations.
The festival, dubbed Noor Riyadh, will also feature workshops, discussions, tours, presentations, volunteer programmes, cinematic and musical events, and recreational and educational activities.
“It aims to improve the city’s quality of life in line with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, and to enhance the cultural and artistic aspects of the city, by transforming Riyadh into an open art gallery that blends the traditional with the contemporary,” said Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture.
Prince Bin Farhan said the festival sought to enhance community interaction, spread art and beauty throughout the city, and enrich the daily life of its residents and its visitors, by promoting art in public places and the local art movement, and encouraging more creativity and innovation.
Lighting artists from more than 20 countries will take part in the festival, nearly half of them Saudi. The participants from the Kingdom are Ahmed Mater, Lulwah Al Homoud, Ayman Zidani, Rashed Al Shashai and Maha Mallouh. Prominent international artists taking part are Daniel Buren, Carsten Holler, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Yayoi Kusama and Dan Flavin.
The Noor Riyadh festival is the first event organised by the Riyadh Art Programme, one of four major projects launched by King Salman in March 2019. It will run from March 18-April 3.