A Holographic Umm Kulthum to Perform in Saudi Arabia

47 years after the singer’s death

Saudi Arabia’s Winter at Tanoora Festival kicked off late last month to a promising start at none other than the treasured desert ruins of Al Ula.

Organized by the Royal Commission of the Governorate of Al Ula, the festival—which is set to run over the course of seven weeks—began with the opening of the new Mayara platform that serves as its main stage.

From concerts and temporary art exhibitions to pop-up restaurants and food trucks, festival-goers are in for a jampacked few weeks.  Taking part are eight international artists for a series of concerts dubbed Stars Under the Stars, which will see them take on the new stage for weekend performances.

Naturally, the impressive line-up kicked off with a performance by Saudi Arabia’s very own Mohamed Abdo. The renowned Andrea Bocelli is set to make his Saudi debut on February 1. Taking the cake for most anticipated performance however, is a virtual hologram of the legendary Umm Kulthum backed by a real-life orchestra set to wow crowds, on January 25, 47 years after the singer’s death.

Winter at Tanoora will run through February 9.

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