Noor Riyadh 2023 Theme: Curated biennale reaching beyond the galaxy

Noor Riyadh 2023 Theme: Curated biennale reaching beyond the galaxy

The world's largest light festival returns to the Kingdom's capital this November with an out of this world theme
13 September 23
Noor Riyadh Festival 2023

Confirmed to be taking place from November 30 through to December 16, Noor Riyadh returns to the city for its third edition.

And, this week the Noor Riyadh organisers and curation announced the theme for this year's festival.

Under the theme, 'The Bright Side of the Desert Moon', the 2023 edition is set to showcase over 120 works from more than 100 artists across five different locations in Riyadh.

An exciting and forward thinking theme, we are looking forward to the artistic interpretations of this theme. As usual, locations across the city will light up and showcase these works, with illuminated installations and artistic creations, light projections onto buildings and performances.

Initially introduced as an arts and culture event in November 2021, Noor Riyadh has evolved into a much anticipated annual art and light exhibition and festival. This winter, the capital of the Kingdom will illuminate once more with captivating light projections and artistic installations inspired by light.

The Noor Riyadh 2023 Festival will also feature a Contemporary Light Art Exhibition. This exhibit will showcases artworks chosen by lead exhibition curator, Neville Wakefield, in collaboration with fellow exhibition curator, Maya Al Athel.

The exhibition will work under the theme of 'Refracting Identities, Shared Futures', and is set to be led in the JAX District of the city.

Similar to previous editions, it is expected that Noor Riyadh will take place across several creative locations or hubs will be dotted around the city. These hubs have included locations such as King Abdullah Park, KAFD and the Diplomatic Quarter.

The theme of 2022 festival edition was 'We Dream of New Horizons', and the showcase presented more than 190 artworks by over 130 artists, including 44 local creatives from Saudi Arabia.