AlUla's long-standing legacy of being a cultural crossroads continues today, championing both cutting-edge modern art and ancient art, preserved for thousands of years. AlUla Arts was a seven-week festival in celebration of all forms of art! From carefully curated contemporary art at the award-winning Maraya to gigantic outdoor art installations by local and international artists, art flourishes in AlUla. AlJadidah, a new vibrant hub for activity and performances, became home to the first outdoor cinema, AlUla's design studio hosting artists and workshops, and beautiful hand-painted murals. In AlUla, art knows no bounds.
AlUla Arts Festival Highlights
A vibrant new hub of restaurants, shops and more, AlJadidah quickly became a must-visit location in AlUla. Beautiful murals bring an artistic touch to the pedestrian-friendly area, where the world's largest hand-painted carpet lines the road for visitors. Centrally located, AlJadidah sits beautifully on the edge of AlUla Old Town and overlooks the AlUla Oasis.
Desert X AlUla 2022 returned for its second edition with an extraordinary open-air art exhibition from 11th February to 30th March 2022. Placing visionary contemporary artworks by 15 Saudi and international artists amidst the remarkable desert landscape of AlUla, 2022's exhibition explored ideas of mirage and oasis.
The live immersion show "Path of Poets" brought to life a re-creation of the celebrated poet Jamil bin Muammar alongside other characters, sharing the story of Buthaina in this specially created show of creative storytelling.
The AlUla Performing Arts Festival was a unique international festival that celebrated all forms of performing arts. From acrobatic performances to traditional street buskers, AlJadidah was bustling with all kinds of activity for an incredible ten days.
ALULA ARTIST RESIDENCY: THE OASIS REBORN EXHIBITION
Upon completing the first AlUla Artist Residency, the six participating artists had their works and research on display at The Oasis Reborn Exhibition. Located in the palm-grove of Mabiti AlUla, the exhibition invited visitors to immerse themselves in the cultural oasis of AlUla and discover new perspectives on this ancient landscape.
Handed down through generations, Barzan Living Gardens is a place of natural beauty and deep heritage, shining a light on the cultural connection between the people of AlUla and the resources of the AlUla Oasis. Supported by friendly guides, guests explored this living landscape and discovered its stories through the prisms of art, heritage and nature.
This 90-minute, site-specific immersive audio tour by Rimini Protokoll explored life, the past and the imagined future of AlUla. During the tour, guests were guided by a digital voice as they encountered the beauty of the AlUla Oasis and AlJadidah in an innovative and immersive theatre experience focused on AlUla.
The beautiful outdoor set-up of Cinema ElHoush offered the chance to enjoy a selection of world-class movies from Saudi, Arab and International directors. Cinema-goers grabbed local coffee with friends at the in-house café before their films and participated in engaging discussions with directors afterwards.
The first edition of the international photography festival Cortona On The Move for AlUla took place in AlJadidah. The 18 exhibited artist works wove seamlessly between Time, Life and Longing. These site-specific exhibitions were accompanied by guided tours, talks, screenings and training opportunities for budding photographers.
AlUla Wellness gathered regional and international experts in the health and wellness field for a holistic festival. From the Five Senses Sanctuary and the 'silent' piano of MindTravel to Fitness X Music and the EcoTrail, it offered exciting new activities for the mind, body and soul set amongst the backdrop of AlUla's beautiful and timeless landscapes.
Explore untouched volcanoes, discover unprecedented history, and reconnect to the music of the ancient eras - join us for the Ancient Kingdoms Festival, as we interconnect Northwest Arabia’s ancient oases of AlUla, Khaybar & Tayma.