The Noor Riyadh Festival 2023, taking place from November 30 to December 16, was launched at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), setting the stage for Thursday's official start under the theme 'The Bright Side of the Desert Moon'.
The festival showcases over 120 artworks by 100 artists from various countries, including 35 local artists.
Spread across five locations in Riyadh city: KAFD, JAX District, Salam Park, Wadi Hanifah, and Wadi Namar, the festival invites visitors on a captivating artistic journey spanning five chapters, seamlessly connecting the heart of Riyadh to the desert outskirts.
The event is organized under the guidance of esteemed artistic curators. The lead artistic curator is Jérôme Sans, accompanied by curators Pedro Alonzo, Alaa Taabzouni, and Fahad bin Naif.
Accompanying this year's celebration is the exhibition 'Refracted Identities, Shared Future' at Jax District. Running until March 2, 2024, the exhibition features 32 artists from around the world. Curated by Neville Wakefield and Maya Al Athel, both renowned for their involvement in major global arts festivals.
"The Noor Riyadh Festival aligns with the city's transformation into an accessible art exhibition. It offers diverse artistic experiences and community engagement, improving the quality of life in the capital,” said Executive Director of Riyadh Art Program Khalid Al-Hazani.
“The celebration serves as a platform for cultural exchange, supporting local talent and bolstering the Kingdom's cultural economy, in line with the goals of the Riyadh Art Program,” he added.
The Riyadh Art Program aims to install 1,000 artworks in public spaces across the city, encompassing 12 projects. Additionally, the festival has achieved eight Guinness World Records in the past two editions.