By Sam Bridge
Azimuth, the final event of its Winter at Tantora season, in Al Ula will take place on March 5-7
Saudi Arabia's fledgling tourism hub Al Ula is set to host Azimuth, the final event of its Winter at Tantora season.
The three-day event on March 5-7 will present a range of activities such as live music, world-class food experience, and an epic film, a statement said.
The Azimuth is an ancient instrument that was used by the Nabateans who settled in Al Ula to tell the time by the angle of the sun.
Music, food and cultural collaboration will be celebrated at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the historical old town of Al Ula to mark the end of Winter at Tantora, a festival that has been running every weekend since December.
March 6, the main day for the music part of the festival, will feature performances from international electronic dance artists, The Chainsmokers as well as Jean Michel Jarre, Tinie Tempah, Super Junior D&E, Hollaphonic, and local talent such as Omar Bassad and Hamza Hawsawi.
On the culinary side, Azimuth will feature menus created by Brazilian head chef Alex Atala of DOM, two of New York’s rising stars Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske Valtierra of Contra and Wildair, and beverages designed by globally awarded drinks experts Lyan Studio.
The festival will also host pop-up restaurants Annabel’s and La Cantine du Faubourg for lunch, Sass Café for dinners and Nobu at Maraya Rooftop for drinks.
Bringing the weekend’s art programme to life are British contemporary artist Lauren Baker and the conceptual art studio Shuster & Moseley led by Claudia Moseley and Edward Shuster, in addition to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room - The Brilliance of Souls, installed in the Maraya concert hall.
Guests will also have access to the inaugural Desert X Al Ula exhibition, an exploration of desert culture.
Single-day tickets for the main festival day on March 6 and 3-day weekend passes to the event are available at www.azimuthfestival.com.
Set among the ruins of the ancient region of Hegra, Azimuth will also be captured by director Carl Hindmarch as he shoots a feature film documentary of the musical experience.