Winter At Tantora Festival Begins In Al Ula, Saudi Arabia
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Winter At Tantora Festival Begins In Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

The second edition of the three-month Winter at Tantora Festival has started in Al Ula, in the northwest of Saudi Arabia. Learn more below.

The second edition of the three-month Winter at Tantora Festival has started in Al Ula, in the north west of Saudi Arabia. Running for 12 weeks, it will feature concerts as well as art and cultural events, focused on building bridges between the East and the West. The festival is part of the Royal Commission for Al Ula, the Cultural Manifesto launched by the organisers in Paris in October. It is part of a long-term plan to transform the region into an important hub for art, culture and heritage. The festival has 12 specially-themed weekends. Apart from pop-ups by top restaurants, it will include events such as the world’s second longest endurance horse race, a ballooning festival, the Dakar Rally and the world’s first desert polo tournament.

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The Maraya Theatre will be hosting performances by global music stars, such as Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli and Omar Khairat. 24 Saudi chefs, currently studying at Ferrandi Paris culinary institute in France, will be collaborating with Michelin-star chefs to create a special, modern cuisine using some of the local ingredients. Visitors to the festival will also have an opportunity to engage with the local Al Ula community.

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Speaking about Winter at Tantora Festival, Chief Executive of Royal Commission for Al Ula, Amr Al Madani has said, “Festival visitors will be given a unique opportunity to visit and experience one of the world’s undiscovered places and its spectacular heritage sites before we reopen them to the world in October 2020. They will get a tantalising glimpse of a place that has been a cultural crossroads for thousands of years and the chance to see it from the serenity of a hot air balloon; the adrenaline of soaring over the desert and mountains in an open seater biplane or exploring hidden canyons in traditional vintage Land Rovers.”

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.

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