ALULA, Saudi Arabia: This year’s 11-week Winter at Tantora festival will bow out with a flourish at the weekend with three days of live music, mouthwatering gastronomy and world-class art at AlUla.
Music at the Azimuth Festival in AlUla from March 5 to 7 will come from Jean-Michel Jarre, The Chainsmokers, British rapper Tinie Tempah and K-Pop’s Super Junior D&E. There will also be regional acts such as Hollaphonic, Omar Basaad and Hamza Hawsawi. There will also be regional acts such as Hollaphonic, Omar Basaad and Hamza Hawsawi.
Music fans can buy an event pass for SR500 ($133) for Friday to enjoy these performances.
Chefs led by Brazil’s Michelin-starred Alex Atala will be creating on-site culinary magic for foodies and there will be special menus from the likes of rising New York stars Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske Valtierra of restaurants Contra and Wildair. Bartender Lyan Studio, whose real name is Ryan Chetiyawardana, will be designing custom drinks.
Azimuth Festival will also host pop-up restaurants such as Annabel’s and La Cantine du Faubourg for lunch, Sass Café for dinners and Nobu at Maraya Rooftop for drinks.
World-class installations from British contemporary artists Lauren Baker and the conceptual art studio Shuster & Moseley, led by Claudia Moseley and Edward Shuster, will bring the weekend’s art program to life.
Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room — The Brilliance of Souls” will be installed in the Maraya Concert Hall.
Visitors will also have access to the inaugural “Desert X AlUla” exhibition, the first site-responsive exhibition of its kind in Saudi Arabia.
An exploration of desert culture, the exhibition is a cross-cultural dialogue between artists from Saudi Arabia and its surrounding region and artists from previous iterations of Desert X in California, taking its cues from the landscape and historical significance of AlUla.
Single-day tickets for the main festival day on Mar. 6 and three-day weekend passes (Mar. 5-7) are available at www.azimuthfestival.com.
Tourists can get their visas at www.saudiarabiavisa.com.
Winter at Tantora concludes on March 7 and is set in the UNESCO world heritage site of AlUla, in northwestern Saudi Arabia.