Everywhere you look in AlUla, inspiration can be found – in its wind-sculpted red-rock, in its soothing-green palms, and in the startling contrast of bright blue sky against shimmering golden desert. From contemporary artists creating large-scale installations to locals studying traditional handicrafts, the spirit of the arts lives in every corner of this valley.
Several programmes are reviving the distinctive arts and culture of the ancient Nabataeans and other historic residents of AlUla. At Madrasat Addeera, artists learn heritage design principles and geometries, while also evolving these techniques to their own artistic sensibilities.
Contemporary artists too are finding inspiration here. The AlUla Artist Residency invites artists from around the world to immerse themselves in AlUla’s extraordinary landscape and heritage. From street art to art-house cinema, the annual AlUla Arts Festival showcases an abundance of creativity across a myriad of mediums. The award-winning Mayara continues to host a rich programme of regional and global musical talent as well as cutting-edge international exhibitions. And the artistic and cultural world of AlUla continues to grow.
Expect ever more extraordinary exhibitions and installations, performances and workshops that celebrate – and are inspired by – AlUla’s distinct artistic heritage.