First Islamic Biennale extended until May

First Islamic Biennale extended until May

Discover immersive and memorable curations and join workshops, masterclasses, conversations and more
01 May 23
Islamic Biennale Image source: Marco Cappelletti

Originally set to finish at the end of April, it has now been confirmed that the Islamic Biennale will be extended until May 23.

In partnership with Diriyah Biennale Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, the Islamic Arts Biennale 2023 (IAB) is the first of its kind; showcasing a curated selection of pieces and exhibits that explore and examine the beauty and intent of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology through artistic expression.

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Taking place in the impressive Western Hajj Terminal at Jeddah's King Abdulaziz Airport, the venue was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1981. It is hoped that this venue will continue to become a hub of celebration for Islamic art and culture.

The extension of the IAB is welcome news for locals and visitors alike. The extended Biennale calendar includes a rolling, weekly roster of interesting and creative workshops, masterclasses and conversations, with options suitable for art lovers, new appreciators and children too.

Modern and contemporary works are displayed alongside an array of ancient artefacts and loaned museum pieces, are displayed over 120,000 square metres of exhibition space.

Already visited by a number of notable people including HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud Al Saud, the Minister of Interior and international visitors such as the Sultan of Brunei and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, the Biennale has played a pivotal role in solidifying the position of Arabic and Islamic artists and creators.

The Biennale showcases numerous exhibits from local and regional creatives, each display shares a common, relatable and inter-connected theme that touches on various aspects associated with Islamic and Arabic life in both the past and present.

Works are displayed through numerous mediums such as sound, light, video alongside traditional artistic forms such as paint, drawing, curated displays, ceramics, weaving, sculpture and much more.

Although tickets to visit and explore the inaugural Islamic Arts Biennale are free, pre-booking and registration is required via the official website. And, any workshops, conversations and masterclasses may come with an additional cost.

Register and book you spot to visit, right here.

Until Tuesday, May 23. Western Hajj Terminal, King Abdulaziz International Airport, JeddahOpen Sun to Thurs and Sat 11am to 11pm, Fri 2pm to 11pm.