Everywhere you look in AlUla, wondrous inspiration can be found — in its organic, red-rock shapes, its flourishing green palms and the startling contrast of bright blue sky against desert landscapes. From contemporary artists projecting light against the rocks to locals studying traditional handicrafts, the spirit of the arts lives in this valley.
Several programs are underway to bring the distinct arts and culture of the ancient Nabataeans and other historic residents of AlUla to visitors, including ceramics, leather, textiles, stone-carving and more. At Madrasat AdDeera, artists are learning heritage design principles and geometries, while at the same time evolving techniques to their own artistic sensibilities.
In addition to the traditional arts, contemporary artists are finding creative ways to express themselves amid AlUla’s extraordinary landscape. Desert X 2020 brought 14 contemporary art installations from acclaimed artists to AlUla that complimented the region's magnificent landscapes and storied heritage. AlUla has also hosted world-class entertainment and events, such as The Winter at Tantora Festival which featured light shows, art installations from renowned artists like Yayoi Kusama and concerts from global sensations like Enrique Iglesias, as well as a performance by maestro Andrea Bocelli at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hegra.
The near future promises extraordinary exhibitions and installations, art walks, artists’ residencies and galleries, and other events that celebrate AlUla’s distinct artistic heritage.