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Everything you need to know about Noor Riyadh

The third edition of the globally renowned light festival returns to illuminate the capital.

If you’re a lover of all things bright and beautiful, mark your calendars because Noor Riyadh, the largest light art festival in the world, is back for its third edition. From 30 November to 16 December 16, the Saudi capital will be transformed into a dazzling canvas of light and creativity.

This year’s theme is “The Bright Side of the Desert Moon,” promising an enchanting and mystical experience at five locations across the city. With over 120 artworks by more than 100 artists from 35 countries — including over 35 Saudi artists — you can expect to be captivated by the creativity on display. From large-scale public installations to mesmerising projections, there’s something for everyone.

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In addition to these visual spectacles, Noor Riyadh offers a program of over 500 community engagement activities, including tours, talks, workshops, family activities, film screenings, and music events. But that’s not all. The festival’s accompanying exhibition, “Refracted Identities, Shared Futures,” will continue to shine until 2 March, 2024, making it a must-see event for art enthusiasts and curious explorers alike.
In terms of heritage, the festival is committed to preserving Riyadh’s historical sites and natural beauty, ensuring that Noor Riyadh leaves a positive and lasting impact on the city.

Launched in March 2021, it has quickly become one of the most exciting and ambitious light art festivals globally. It’s an annual celebration of light and art that aims to turn the entire city into a gallery without walls. It showcases the work of leading international and Saudi artists across the largest city footprint of any light art festival.

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And guess what? Most of the outdoor artworks are free. However, a small number of artworks require prior booking to manage capacity and ensure visitor safety. Special activities such as workshops and talks may also be ticketed but are free of charge giving you a chance to soak in all the ‘noor’ *wink wink*. So get ready to explore this year’s Noor Riyadh and immerse yourself in the world of light and creativity.

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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