Festival Noor Riyadh

Client Royal Commission for Riyadh City - Havas Events
Place Riyadh, Arabie Saoudite
Date 2022

Manifesto is invited by Havas Events to coordinate the creation of 82 monumental artworks for the Noor Riyadh 2022 festival, an annual festival of light and art organized by the Riyadh Art Team.

For its second edition, in November 2022, the groundbreaking Noor Riyadh festival of light and contemporary art presents 190 monumental works signed by 130 artists from 40 countries and scattered in 40 emblematic locations throughout the city. Noor Riyadh is part of the Riyadh Art program that has been developed to transform the capital into a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and enrich lives through creative joyful moments, in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals.

Curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, Dorothy Di Stefano and Jumana Ghouth and adviser Arnaud Morand, the Noor Riyadh brings together Saudi and international artists such as Grimanesa Amorós, Gisela Colón, Douglas Gordon, winner of the Turner Prize, Alicja Kwade, Sabine Marcelis, Muhannad Shono, who represented Saudi Arabia at the Venice Biennale 2022, and French artists Daniel Buren, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Bertrand Lavier.

Entitled "We dream of new horizons", this second edition transforms the city into a dazzling nighttime gallery without walls, including large scale architectural interventions, ephemeral sculptures, projected 3D/4D artworks, immersive site-specific installations, art trails, a drone performance and virtual and augmented reality pieces, all of them tracing the role light plays in shaping evolution and our relationship with it. The festival also hosts a comprehensive educational programme of talks, performances and artist-lead workshops, which aim to enhance cultural vibrancy and social cohesion. This 2022 edition welcomes over 2.5 million visitors from international audiences to visitors from all over the globe.

Manifesto monitorates the production of 82 of these monumental works in the public space, gathering a dedicated team of public art experts. For these 82 artworks, Manifesto manages the artist liaison, the monitoring of artworks production and installation, operations during the Festival and their dismantling, as well as supplier research. Manifesto also provided support to legal aspects, assistance and coordination to collect HSE documentation, follow up on financial aspects and coordination between the different involved partners and the client's team. 

As part of its scope, Manifesto manages monumental installations from local and international artists such as Arne Quinze, Ahaad Alamoudi, Sarah Brahim, David Spriggs and Sara Abdu. 

A project coordinated by Havas Events, in collaboration with Manifesto, Filmmaster Events, E9 Events, Comeanddo, Armetal, Craft, Amwaj, Sawaya, and many others. 

Find out more about the artworks of SpY, Gisela Colón, Arne Quinze, Ahaad Alamoudi, Muhannad Shono, Eternal, Sabine Marcellis, Sarah Brahim, Rashed AlShashai, Shohei Fujimoto, Charles Sandison, Ayman Zedani, David Spriggs, Alicja Kwade (avec la Galerie Kamel Mennour), Sara Abdu, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Tadashi Kawamata (avec la Galerie Kamel Mennour), Hicham Berrada (avec la Galerie Kamel Mennour), Pauline David, Daniel Buren (avec la Galerie Kamel Mennour), François Morellet et Tadashi Kawamata, Daan Roosegaarde, Christopher Bauder.

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