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Riyadh is lit up thanks to a spectacular series of light and art installations

Noor Riyadh is part of the larger Riyadh Art programme that is investing in more than 1,000 pieces of public art to turn the city into a gallery without walls
Riyadh is lit up thanks to a spectacular series of light and art installations

Riyadh is lit up thanks to a spectacular series of light and art installations from more than 60 international artists all with the theme of ‘Under One Sky’ chosen as a symbol of unity

Noor Riyadh, one of the world’s most exciting festivals of light and art, combines the highest quality of light artworks across the largest city footprint, and provides 17 days filled with spectacular installations lighting up the night sky of the Saudi Arabian capital.

The festival runs from March 18-June 12 with a Citywide installation programme from March 18-April 3. The ‘Light Upon Light: Light Art since the 1960s’ exhibition and citywide activities also run from March 18-June 12.

Festival line-up includes international icons Daniel Buren, Carsten Höller, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Yayoi Kusama, Dan Flavin and Robert Wilson, alongside Saudi artists Ahmed Mater, Lulwah Al Homoud, Ayman Zedani, Rashed AlShashai and Maha Malluh.

Daniel Firman, Butterfly

Noor Riyadh is part of the larger Riyadh Art programme that is investing in more than 1,000 pieces of public art to turn the city into a gallery without walls. It was inaugurated as one of the four mega-projects ofRiyadh City by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and initiated by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Advisor of brand and marketing to the Royal Commission for RiyadhCity, Hosam Al-Qurashi said: “This magnificent festival is a metaphor for the transformation of Riyadh. It illuminates our ambition to become one of the world’s most competitive and liveable cities by 2030.

“We believe this initiative will have a profound and positive effect on enriching the lives of citizens, residents and visitors alike, bringing together a global community which sparks creative expression and creates an inclusive culture.

“Riyadh Art will also positively contribute to the economic development of the city as a place for investment and where the new creative economy flourishes, while having a positive impact on developing Riyadh as a beautiful, vibrant and cosmopolitan city for everyone to enjoy.”

The festival also includes a programme of over 270 special activities of tours, talks, workshops, family activities, film screenings and music, many of which are available online allowing the festival to be enjoyed by a wider audience outside of Riyadh andSaudi Arabia.

Felipe Prado, Picto Sender Machine

Director of Riyadh Art Khaled Al-Hazani said: “Noor Riyadh is a celebration of light and art on an unparalleled scale. Art is a universal language and light is a symbol of hope and, in these challenging times, it is my hope that this festival shines like a beacon to the world and illuminates our path to a brighter future reflecting our theme of ‘Under One Sky’.

“Noor Riyadh has been designed as an immersive, interactive festival of light and art and, whether you are here in-person or engaging with us online around the world, this is an opportunity to connect with people from across the globe, sharing experiences based on the warmth of personality, generosity of spirit and creative thought.”

The  installations will be visible to all in public spaces across the city and a complete list of the exhibitions and special event scan be found online at http://noorriyadh.sa.Some events, such as workshops, film screenings and talks are ticketed with a nominal charge to manage capacity and ensure public safety and compliance with social distancing regulations.

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