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The best images of the Riyadh Light festival in Saudi Arabia

For 17 days, the annual festival “Light of Riyadh” welcomes thousands of spectators eager to discover and walk around more than 30 light installations. Back on the most beautiful of these creations, mixing both modern and contemporary art.

For two weeks, the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, is transformed into a gigantic art gallery of sculptures, lighting, performances and outdoor installations. The festival, featuring 60 international artists, promotes culture and art, two indispensable resources for our society. This year’s theme, “Under the Sky”, expresses hope for a better future as the world struggles to emerge from the COVID-19 health crisis

The festival seeks to provide visitors with an emotional experience that evokes joy, contemplation and cultural appreciation. And it works! One of the installations, designed by Dr. Eiman Elgibreen, curator of the Saudi National Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, entitled Light Upon Light, highlights art from the 1960s to the present. This magnificent work challenges everyone on the apprehension of light and its perception over the years and across regions.

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But that’s not the only installation that blows one away. Upon entering Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room, visitors will take a dreamlike walk through an alternate universe where mirrored images create an infinite visual field of multi-colored twinkling lights and glistening water. A show not to be missed

For its part, “The Blue Universe” by Lulwah Al Homoud will immerse you in a world that evokes the dark blue sky

So many wonders to make the eyes of children and their parents shine. For more information on this wonderful universe, let’s go back to the journey of all its artists. It’s here

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Published on 19 March 2021

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