Naima Morelli

Published! Jeddah and Riyadh as new art capitals on Al-Monitor

In this handout image provided by MD Beast, MDL Beast Festival - the Saudi Soundstorm has arrived, wowing over 130,000 fans on its first day on Dec. 19, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“Escaping from the dark ages” is how many Saudi artists refer to the country’s emergence from a period of cultural obscurity. Following a similar strategy to neighbors such as the Emirates, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is trying to diversify the economy which has been mostly reliant on oil and gas revenues.

Saudi’s main cities of Jeddah and Riyadh are the center of the new art scene. I wrote about it for Al-Monitor.

Here is the link to the piece

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