Tantora

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Winter at Tantora

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Global superstars Lionel Ritchie and Enrique Iglesias were among the headline acts performing at the second Winter in Tantora festival, that took place at Saudi’s spectacular AlUla heritage site

 

The yearly event brought together the best of art, music, theatre, culture and history in a 12-week celebration of performances, activities and experiences, that took place every weekend from December 2019 until March 2020.

 

Dozens of artists appeared live during the festival, including legendary Greek pianist Yanni, returning for a second year after his sellout performance in 2018, and British funk-jazz group Jamiroquai.

 

The annual festival also offers an array of activities for sports fans, adventure seekers and history enthusiasts. Guests can cheer on riders in the world’s second-biggest endurance horse race or savor culinary experiences curated by top chefs. Luxury brand boutiques and traditional souqs are also available to explore, alongside art exhibitions and pop-up restaurants.

 

Tantora’s action-packed lineup takes place against the backdrop of AlUla, a heritage site once set upon the ancient incense trade route from Arabia to Egypt. The UNESCO-recognized site is not yet open to the public, so the festival was a rare opportunity to be among the first to experience its timeless charm.

 

Guests are welcomed by expert storytellers were invited to take part in an immersive experience where, thanks to augmented reality and imaging technology, the past is brought to vivid life.

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Here are just a few of the highlights from the festival’s 2020 program:

Polo

AlUla desert polo

The first polo event in Saudi Arabia and the first desert polo event in the world, brought the world’s best players to the region.

Jamiroquai

Rhythm and jazz

​Award-winning British group Jamiroquai electrified the landscape of AlUla, with its distinct blend of disco, jazz-funk and soul vibes.​

Andrea Bocelli

Majesty

One of the biggest weekends of the festival, with Andrea Bocelli returned to the famed Maraya Concert Hall, and hundreds of horse riders took part in the Fursan Endurance Race.​

Latin Feeling

Latin feeling

Latin music legend, Enrique Iglesias – supported by the Gipsy Kings – performed a celebration of Latin music blending salsa, flamenco and Latin-pop.​​​

modern legends

Modern legends

AlUla lit up to a medley of modern hits, courtesy of Lionel Richie, Craig David, Kool & the Gang and Sister Sledge.​

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