By Sam Bridge
Organisers of RiSE DXB festival say disappointed to take decision, add that discussions with stakeholders are continuing
Plans to bring the world’s biggest lantern and music festival, RiSE to Dubai have been postponed.
Artists set to play at the RiSE DXB festival, which was initially scheduled to take place last November, included San Francisco-based producer Tyler Pixels and Australian singer-songwriter Ry Cuming, otherwise known as Ry X.
Organisers initially delayed plans for the Al Qudra festival until December and then to February but now it has reportedly been postponed again without a new date.
The one-day live music festival marks the largest lantern release in the world. It uses 100 percent biodegradable lanterns which are all collected afterwards alongside any pre-existing litter found in the area, according to its website.
The family-friendly event, which originates from the Mojave Desert on the outskirts of Las Vegas, has reportedly sold out every year since its launch in 2014, having been attended by over 100,000 individuals.
The festival is similar to the Chinese Spring Festival in February or March, which marks the last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
An email sent to those who pre-registered, read: “As you know, we’ve been planning with partners, stakeholders and authorities over the past year as we explore the opportunity of hosting our first ever festival outside of the US. These discussions are still ongoing, and with sustainability always at the forefront of our decision-making process, we have ultimately decided to postpone RiSE Dubai until we can execute the festival to our highest level standards; for both participants and for the environment.”
The email added: “Although we are disappointed that we cannot bring the magic of RiSE to Emirates sooner, we know that this is the beginning of something big."