Jeddah to have a major new creative complex


Saudi Gazette report

— Jeddah art aficionados will soon have a 17,000-square-metre cultural complex and the first bespoke home in Saudi Arabia for the arts, comedy, theater and filmmaking.

Art Jameel, an organization that supports heritage, education and the arts, on Monday unveiled Hayy: Creative Hub located in north Jeddah.

The construction started last year and the complex is due to open next year.

This major new cultural development is named Hayy: Creative Hub — derived from the Arabic word for neighborhood – referring to the community-oriented nature of the complex, and the ways in which the partner organizations, which include art galleries, digital entrepreneurs, comedy clubs, cafes and more, are working together to present the full diversity of the arts.

Art Jameel commissioned ibda design to draft Hayy: Creative Hub as a major destination for Jeddah’s cultural community, bringing together a range of cultural experiences in one neighborhood.

The three-story, dynamic, contemporary complex features open internal courtyards surrounded by shaded terraces and walkways.

Shared facilities include a theatre and events spaces designed for a range of activities — from performances and exhibitions to conferences and community markets.

Hayy: Creative Hub, developed and funded by Art Jameel, will act as an incubator for creative people and entrepreneurs. It will bring together and nurture Saudi Arabian artists, playwrights, photographers, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and others, along with the enthusiastic audiences that support them.

Programs will include world-class local and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Hayy will be a digital hub for upcoming Saudi Arabian producers and directors, provide a professional theater plus performance spaces, and a rolling program of educational events for all ages.

Fady Mohammed Jameel, President of Art Jameel, said, “We are delighted to support our home, Saudi Arabia, and its fast-growing cultural scene through the development of Hayy: Creative Hub, which is set to become a base for Saudi Arabian talent, and help nurture a new generation of creative people, in addition to providing job opportunities and training.”