Boy, are you in for a treat this weekend. Saudi Arabia’s historic Al Ula is hosting the three-day Azimuth Festival which features everything from live music to art installations and gastronomic experiences. It is the closing event for the bigger Winter at Tantora festival – a sort of festival Inception, if you will.
Friday is for the music lovers and will see The Chainsmokers, Tinie Tempah, Jean-Michel Jarre and more international artists take to the stage alongside regional favourites Hollaphonic, Omar Basaad and Hamza Hawsawi.
Foodies will also find a home on the breath-taking AlUla grounds, as you’ll be able to sample carefully curated menus from internationally renowned chefs – including Michelin-starred Brazilian chef Alex Atala and New York’s rising stars Jeramiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske Valtierra from Contra and Wildair. In case you’re feeling a little peckish after your dance-a-thon, La Cantine du Faubourg, Sass Café and Nobu will all be hosting pop-up restaurants.
Not only will guests be given free access to the Desert x AlUla exhibition, but there will be a whole host of exciting art installations happening all weekend long – Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room – The Brilliance of Souls is one you definitely can’t miss. World-class artist Lauren Baker will lead the art programme alongside Claudia Moseley and Edward Shuster – creators of art studio Shuster & Moseley – and will bring the UNESCO world heritage site to life.
There are three ticket options – an event pass for March 6, a one-day pass for a day of your choosing which includes foodie experiences, and the all-access weekend pass which also allows you to take part in amazing excursions like walking trails, a zipline adventure and helicopter tours.