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Here are 6 Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss Out On This Month

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Saudi Arabia truly ended 2019 on a high note, I mean talk about ending the year with the biggest music festival in the region! Now, it’s time we welcome 2020 with open arms and with more festivals in store, we’re sure it’s going to be yet another lit year for the Kingdom.

Here are 6 festivals happening this month that you don’t want to miss out on:

International Town Festival

Riyadh is hosting an international town festival which will give visitors a culture experience like nothing before! The event will kick off on the 27th of January and until the 2nd February, with so many events and things to do from trying new cuisines to dancing to cultural performances.

The festival will also include art galleries and several folklore shows from countries across the world.

Riyadh Oud Festival

Ready for more concerts? Well, this year’s Oud Festival will bring you a lineup of incredible artists, and will also include several galleries that will showcase the history of Oud.

Wanna know more about what concerts to expect? Click here.

Art Alley Festival

The festival will showcase a group of artists who have plans of turning the front view of various buildings in KAFD into one enormous screen to view a number of events and cinematic scenes from the Riyadh Season.

There will also be a red carpet to honor some Saudi artists, and activities will include a cinematic bazaar as well.

Al Ula Balloon Festival

The festival kicked off on January 2nd and is on until January 11th 2020 with more than 60 hot air balloons taking visitors to the skies and  for some aerial views of AlUla’s stunning landscape and rich heritage sites.

Abqaiq Safari Festival

Get to discover the Kingdom’s ‘Desert Heritage’ through this festival that offers a unique safari festival for both residents and visitors to Saudi Arabia.

During the festival, you will get to enjoy camel safaris, falconry competitions, desert trips, and more.

Where: Abqaiq Safari Festival in Salsal, Abqaiq
When: 2 – 18 January, 2020, from 4pm to 10pm
More information: saudievents.sa

The Jeddah Shopping Festival

Unleash the shopaholic in you during this Jeddah Shopping festival, which will feature the best deals and discounts on not only fashion but also entertainment and top-notch restaurants.

When: 26 January – 26 February, 2020
More information: evensi.com

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What You Need to Know About AlUla’s First Interactive Exhibition

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Desert X in collaboration with the Royal Commission for AlUla have announced on Saturday the participating artists in the interactive exhibition, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia which open on January 31st and will run until March 7.

Desert X began in 2017, in California’s Coachella Valley, as a way to blend between modern art and the desert community. This will be Desert’s X very first international collaboration and the event will take part of AlUla’s Winter at Tantora festival.

The event will bring together a plurality of voices and is co-curated by Saudi curators Raneem Farsi and Aya Alireza with Desert X Artistic Director Neville Wakefield.

Participating artists in the event will include Lita Albuquerque (US); Manal AlDowayan (Saudi Arabia); Zahrah AlGhamdi (Saudi Arabia); Nasser AlSalem (Saudi Arabia); Rashed AlShashai (Saudi Arabia); Gisela Colon (Canada); Sherin Guirguis (Egypt); Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (UAE); Nadim Karam (Lebanon); eL Seed (France); Wael Shawky (Egypt); Muhannad Shono (Saudi Arabia); Superflex (Denmark) and Rayyane Tabet (Lebanon).

The event will play a role in bringing together three continents and will serve as a gateway between the East and West, and with that marking an exciting moment for the Kingdom.

 

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Line-up For Dakar Rally Closing Party Revealed and it’s Epic

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The renowned Dakar Rally is currently underway and it’s bringing the world’s top professional racers to the desert of Saudi Arabia, not only that but the line-up for the Dakar Rally Final Party concert has also been revealed and it is epic!

Happening on January 17th, the closing party will take place in Qiddiya where the winners from each category of the Rally will be crowned on the final podium of the event.

The event is bringing to the stage the international stars DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug.

General admission tickets for the closing concert start from SAR150 ($40) while VIP packages are available for SAR1,250.

The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia kicked off on the 5th and will last till January 17th, featuring more than 500 pilots from 62 countries who started their 7,800 kilometer journey in Jeddah and will finish in the new city of Qiddiya.

Hurry up and click on this link to purchase your tickets!

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RSIFF Giving 5 Female Directors Their Breakthrough in the Industry

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Organizers of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) are giving the chance to five Saudi female directors to work on a unique new movie project entitled ‘Untitled Omnibus Feature.’

The movie which is produced and funded by the RSIFF is expected to be the breakthrough for the aspiring directors Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Noor Alameer, Sara Mesfer, and Fatima Al-Banawi, proving once again that the film festival is working as a platform to support young Saudi filmmakers.

The project is a huge platform for Saudi women in the movie industry and will debut at the inaugural festival in March 2020. To make things even more interesting, award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Suha Arraf is screenwriting supervisor on the portmanteau film.

The five uprising directors Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Noor Alameer, Sara Mesfer and Fatima Al-Banawi will work individually on creating short films which will then be combined into an omnibus documentary feature.

“This project provides powerful first-person accounts of contemporary life in Saudi, from Saudi women, at a time of fascinating change,” festival director Mahmoud Sabbagh said.

“We believe in film’s capacity to advance diversity and integration. Supporting innovative new works is central to this mission. There is no better way to work toward this than by creating opportunities for Saudi filmmakers to tell their own stories.” He added.

 

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