Noor Riyadh 2023, the annual festival of light and art in Saudi Arabia, announces dates and themes for its third edition

Refik Anadol, Machine Dreams_Space, 2022. Image courtesy the artist. Photo © Noor Riyadh 2022, a Riyadh Art program.

  • Noor Riyadh Festival returns for its third edition, which will feature over 120 artworks by more than 100 artists across five hubs in the capital of Saudi Arabia, from November 30 to December 16
  • The festival features local and international artists and offers diverse workshops, thought-provoking seminars, and stimulating artistic discussions.
  • The curatorial team of the Noor Riyadh 2023 festival is composed of Jérôme Sans as Lead CuratorPedro Alonzo, Fahad Bin Naif and Alaa Tarabzouni as Curators.
  • For the Noor Riyadh exhibition, which runs concurrently with the festival starting November 30, 2023, until March 2, 2024Neville Wakefield will be Lead Curator and Maya Al Athel, Curator.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Noor Riyadh, the Largest Light Art Festival in the World, will return for its third edition in Riyadh, with the festival running from November 30 to December 16, 2023, and the exhibition from November 30, 2023 to March 2, 2024.

The citywide festival will illuminate Riyadh with large-scale light art installations, building projections, performances, and more. Artworks will be displayed in public spaces across five hubs.

Curated by Jérôme Sans (Lead Curator), Pedro Alonzo, Alaa Tarabzouni, and Fahad Bin Naif (Curators), the festival’s theme is “The Bright Side of the Desert Moon” and will feature over 120 artworks by around 100 artists (more than 35 from Saudi Arabia) from more than 35 nationalities. Sans is the co-founder of Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, possessing an established career as curator of major biennials around the world and artistic director of prestigious institutions in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. On the other hand, Boston-based Alonzo is currently adjunct curator at Dallas Contemporary in Texas and specializes in shows that go beyond museum walls. Riyadh-based Tarabzouni and Bin Naif are both artists and curators, with individual practices that utilize their architectural backgrounds to bring unique perspectives on urbanism and the built environment.

The festival’s exhibition “Refracting Identities, Shared Futures” will be held at the JAX DistrictNeville Wakefield, formerly of MoMA PS1, Frieze Projects, and Desert X, returns to lead the curation of the show alongside Maya Al Athel, Curator, who served as artistic director of the festival in 2022.

Noor Riyadh 2023 will also feature over 500 community engagement programs for all visitors and families alike throughout the duration of the festival and the exhibition.

His Highness Prince Badr bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture, Board Member of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, and Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Riyadh Art Program, said: “Under the guidance of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, our dedication to culture and the arts has opened doors for creative expression. The participation of renowned global light artists in Noor Riyadh echoes our united vision. As we approach our third edition, we look forward to continuing Riyadh Art’s mission to turn the city into a dazzling gallery without walls and to ensure that art is for everyone.”

Developed with the aim of nurturing local talent and amplifying Saudi Arabia’s cultural economy, Noor Riyadh is part of Riyadh Art, one of the largest public art initiatives in the world. Riyadh Art aims to transform the Saudi capital into a “gallery without walls”, with more than 1,000 public art installations, to be spread out across the city through 10 programs and two annual events.

Across its editions, Noor Riyadh has created unique moments of joy across the city and provided millions of visitors the opportunity to appreciate world-class light artworks, and rediscover the city of Riyadh in a new light. In 2022, Noor Riyadh celebrated multiple achievements, including welcoming 2.8 million visitors to the festival and winning six Guinness World Records, one of which being the largest celebration of light art in the world.

Noor Riyadh 2023 press kit can be found here:

For more information regarding Riyadh Art and Noor Riyadh contact:
Anastasia Lander at Pelham Communications
Andrew Johnson at H+K Strategies
Riyadh Art Media Center

Notes to editors

About Noor Riyadh
Noor Riyadh is a citywide annual festival of light and art which launched in March 2021. Noor Riyadh includes a festival and world-class exhibition, along with a public program of activities for the community that includes educational workshops, talks, and performances. Noor Riyadh is the largest light art festival in the world.

Noor Riyadh combines the highest quality light artworks from leading international and Saudi artists, across the largest city footprint of any light art festival worldwide. Staged under Riyadh Art, the festival aims to nurture local talent and inspire youth to drive Saudi Arabia’s creative economy.

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Noor Riyadh is presented by Riyadh Art and the Royal Commission for Riyadh City.

About Riyadh Art
Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, is on a ten-year mission to become one of the world’s most livable and competitive cities, a global city which is open for business and that welcomes the world. With a young and rapidly growing population of 7+ million residents, Riyadh is transforming into a vibrant and cosmopolitan global city.

Art and culture reflect the spirit of a city. That’s why the Riyadh Art project has been developed to turn the whole capital into a creative canvas – a gallery without walls – to enrich lives, ignite creative expression and kindle the creative economy. Riyadh Art is a demonstration of the open, accessible and creative transformation of the capital, where the exchange of ideas through creative expression, develops a deeper mutual understanding and respect.

The Riyadh Art project will have a positive impact on people, bringing every day moments of joy to residents and visitors alike, while instilling a greater sense of civic pride and creating a more beautiful city for everyone to enjoy. It will also spark the development of the new creative economy and have a positive effect in attracting new businesses to invest in the city.

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The Nomura Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. Successfully Goes Live on the nCino Cloud Banking Platform

nCino enhances efficiency to support growth ambitions while helping ensure data security at the Tokyo-based financial institution

TOKYO and WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — nCino, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCNO), a pioneer in cloud banking for the global financial services industry, today announced that The Nomura Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. (Nomura Trust), a Japanese trust bank and wholly-owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., has successfully implemented and is live on the nCino Cloud Banking Platform. This development marks a significant step forward in Nomura Trust’s modernization journey.

Established in 1993, Nomura Trust provides trust and banking services, and currently has over ¥50 billion in capitalization. The bank recognized the need to modernize its operations to better serve its customers in the future and achieve key business objectives including eliminating inefficient operations, ensuring data security, integrating, and centralizing data, and better utilizing deal information.

After careful consideration, Nomura Trust chose nCino for its robust CRM capabilities, end-to-end loan approval functionality, and flexible cloud-based implementation. The platform also provides capabilities of customer-centric data management with improved security, which enables high-value-added services to customers and can help the bank drive top line growth.

“It’s an honor to be part of Nomura Trust’s modernization journey,” states Davis Brannan, Executive Vice President of Ecosystem and Strategic Growth at nCino. “Our partnership extends beyond mere digitization. It’s about realizing Nomura’s vision of synergy between their banking and securities services seamlessly. By harnessing the power of the nCino Cloud Banking Platform, Nomura Trust is set to redefine efficiency, improve loan balance, and enhance their operational synergy. This is a pioneering step in the Japanese market and we’re excited to see where this collaboration leads.”

About nCino
nCino (NASDAQ: NCNO) is the worldwide leader in cloud banking. Through its single software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, nCino helps financial institutions serving corporate and commercial, small business, consumer, and mortgage customers modernize and more effectively onboard clients, make loans, manage the loan lifecycle, and open accounts. Transforming how financial institutions operate through innovation, reputation and speed, nCino is partnered with more than 1,850 financial services providers globally. For more information, visit 

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CertiK and OKLink Collaborate to Introduce Freeze Asset Request (FAR) Standardization for Enhanced Fund Security

Singapore, Sept. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  OKLink, a leading Web 3.0 on-chain data provider under OKG Technology Holdings Limited (1499.HK), and CertiK, the frontrunner in blockchain security, today announced a collaboration pioneering the Freeze Asset Request (FAR) technical standard. This initiative seeks to simplify incident reporting pathways and expedite the freezing of stolen assets.

The two parties will deepen their ongoing collaboration in risk control, and data compliance areas, including but not limited to exploring data labeling standards and standardizing information interaction processes. CertiK and OKLink are committed to enhancing data accuracy and coverage, advancing the secure development of the Web 3.0 industry.

During the summit, CertiK hosted a panel discussion titled “How the Community Improves Security for Web 3.0 Users.” This panel featured experts including Professor Kang Li of CertiK, Jeffrey Ren, Chairman and CEO of OKG Tech, and Professor Yang Liu of Nanyang Technological University. They explored collaborative measures by which the industry can bolster user asset protection.

Jeffrey Ren noted that security incidents in Web 3.0 are all too frequent, with bad actors often attempting to transfer compromised assets to exchanges. In response, affected parties request the exchange to freeze these stolen funds. Historically, each exchange has independently developed its own procedures for processing such fund-locking requests, resulting in a diverse set of technical requirements and documentation expectations. In this case, the communication between victims and exchanges is often lengthy, while the window of time to retrieve funds is very short. There is a pressing need for the Web 3.0 community, including exchanges and security enterprises, to formulate a consistent fund-freezing blueprint, to the benefit of both victims and exchanges. Given OKLink’s expertise in blockchain analysis, partnering with security leaders like CertiK is a catalyst for positive shifts in the Web 3.0 sphere.

Professor Kang Li, Chief Security Officer of CertiK, introduced CertiK’s ongoing collaboration with OKLink and other exchanges to champion the FAR initiative. This initiative is directed at standardizing fund-freezing procedures, and CertiK invites more firms to join this movement. By doing so, victims can be better directed on liaising with exchanges during crises. In addition to standardizing fund-freezing procedures, CertiK and OKLink are also working collaboratively to establish a universal transaction label taxonomy, which will unify investigation labels from various data providers. Since 2022, CertiK has detected over 1,100 security incidents involving a total loss of $4.8 billion. Leveraging CertiK’s extensive database resources, the company’s suite of SaaS security products have been actively monitoring and tracking over two billion wallets and smart contract addresses, providing real-time comprehensive assessments of security trends for nearly 12,000 projects. To date, CertiK has audited over 4,100 Web 3.0 projects, identified nearly 70,000 vulnerabilities in blockchain code, and safeguarded digital assets valued at nearly $370 billion. CertiK is poised to lead the industry towards enhanced security standardization and collaboration.

This is the latest step in OKLink and CertiK’s strong professional association. Both firms share the vision of raising the standards of security and transparency in Web 3.0. This strategic partnership is a significant milestone in their combined mission, and comes with major benefits for the broader Web 3.0 industry.

About CertiK
CertiK is a pioneer in blockchain security, combining expert manual review with best-in-class AI technology to protect and monitor blockchain protocols and smart contracts. Founded in 2018 by professors from Yale University and Columbia University, CertiK’s mission is to secure the web3 world. CertiK applies cutting-edge innovations from academia to enterprise, enabling mission-critical applications to scale with safety and correctness.

One of the fastest-growing and most trusted companies in blockchain security, CertiK is a true market leader. Our clients include leading projects such as Aptos, Ripple, Sandbox, Polygon, BNB Chain, and TON.

CertiK is backed by InsightPartners, Sequoia, Tiger Global, Coatue Management, Lightspeed, Advent International, SoftBank, Hillhouse Capital, Goldman Sachs, Coinbase Ventures, Binance, Shunwei Capital, IDG Capital, Wing, Legend Star, Danhua Capital and other investors.

About OKLink
OKLink is a subsidiary of OKG Technology Holdings Limited (“OKG Tech,” 1499.HK), a leading global provider of Web3 on-chain data and compliance solutions. By focusing on the development of applications based on blockchain, big data, and AI, the Group’s Web 3 comprehensive data analysis platform,, currently offers a range of products, which includes blockchain explorer (“Explorer”), on-chain anti-money laundering solution (“Onchain AML”), all-in-one investigative and traceability platform (“Chaintelligence”) for regulators, and robust OpenAPI service to support the positive development of the industry.

Furthermore, OKLink covers more than 170 different blockchain networks, aggregates over 1,000TB of on-chain data, processes up to 30 billion on-chain data transactions, and boasts over 3.4 billion address tags, nearly 70 million of which have been flagged as potentially high-risk addresses.

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Io Therapeutics, Inc., Announces Publication of Data on a Novel Compound Promoting Anti-Cancer Immune Responses

SPRING, Texas, Sept. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Io Therapeutics, Inc., announced today the publication in Scientific Reports – Nature Publishing Group, of results from studies done with the company’s novel anti-cancer compound IRX4647, an agonist of the retinoic acid nuclear receptor gamma, discovered in the company’s oncology drug program. The paper, titled “A novel retinoic acid receptor-gamma agonist antagonizes immune checkpoint resistance in lung cancers by altering the tumor immune microenvironment,” authored by Cheng-Hsin Wei, Ph.D., et al., reports studies done in the laboratory of the Molecular Pharmacology Program at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR), supervised by Xi Liu, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist; and Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., president of Leidos Biomedical Research and Director of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.

The studies showed that oral treatment with IRX4647 in combination with an immune checkpoint inhibitor (anti-PD-L1) resulted in suppression of a typically checkpoint inhibitor treatment-resistant syngeneic lung cancer in mice. IRX4647 did not appreciably impact growth of the lung tumor cells in cultures, indicating that the compound alone is not directly toxic to lung cancer cells. Studies in other syngeneic mouse cancer models implicated the tumor microenvironment in these anti-cancer effects since T cell depletion antagonized those effects. Notably, treatment of mice with IRX4647 in combination with the checkpoint inhibitor increased the presence of CD-4 T-lymphocytes in the tumors, indicating that the compound’s anti-cancer effects were mediated through promotion of anti-cancer immune responses in combination with the checkpoint inhibitor.

Dr. Dmitrovsky stated, “These results reveal an approach to potentially improve treatment of cancers in humans using combinations of retinoic acid nuclear receptor gamma agonists with checkpoint inhibitors. Future clinical trials could address this possibility.”

Martin Sanders, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Io Therapeutics noted that “Scientific Reports – Nature Publishing Group” is the fifth most highly cited scientific journal in the world. “That these results were published so prominently in the literature indicates their importance to the future of cancer therapeutics.” Sagar Vuligonda, Ph.D, Chief Scientific Officer of Io Therapeutics stated “The company has designed, synthesized, and patented multiple structural families of compounds which bind selectively to the retinoic acid nuclear receptor gamma, and to various other retinoic acid nuclear receptor targets, which we are pursuing as potential treatments for diverse cancers, and also for treatment of neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and psoriasis.”

About Io Therapeutics:   Io Therapeutics, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Spring, Texas, focused on the development of novel retinoic acid-based compounds for treatment of cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, and autoimmune diseases. More information on Io Therapeutics is available on the company’s web site:

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WillScot Mobile Mini Announces Pricing of Senior Secured Notes Offering

PHOENIX, Sept. 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings Corp. (“WillScot Mobile Mini” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: WSC), the North American leader in innovative flexible space and storage solutions, today announced the pricing of the private offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 7.375% senior secured notes due 2031 (the “Notes”) by its indirect subsidiary Williams Scotsman, Inc. (“WSI”). The Notes were priced at 100% of their face value. The closing of the offering of the Notes is expected to occur on or about September 25, 2023, subject to customary closing conditions.

WSI intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay approximately $494 million of outstanding indebtedness under its existing ABL credit facility and to pay related fees and expenses.

The Notes will be offered only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes and the related guarantees will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and other applicable securities laws.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

About WillScot Mobile Mini

WillScot Mobile Mini trades on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol “WSC.” Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, the Company is a leading business services provider specializing in innovative flexible space and storage solutions. WillScot Mobile Mini services diverse end markets across all sectors of the economy from a network of approximately 240 branch locations and additional drop lots throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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Indonesia Mulls Importing Rice From Asian Countries

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, said yesterday that, the country was eyeing rice imports from other Asian countries, such as China, India, Cambodia and Bangladesh, to meet the rising domestic demand.

Widodo said, during his visit to the warehouse of the country’s National Logistics Agency (Bulog), in Bogor, West Java province, that, the agency currently had no less than 1.6 million tonnes of rice in storage, which was enough for meeting the current needs.

However, he said, imports were still necessary to deal with the impact of El Nino this year, and to secure supplies for up to next year.

“This is also to ensure that we have reserves of stock to prevent an increase in prices, because production is expected to decline due to El Nino,” Widodo told reporters.

Regarding the import plan, Widodo said, he had talked about it with other Asian countries’ leaders during the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, last week

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Indonesia’s Mount Anak Krakatau Erupted

Volcanic ashes were thrown as high as one km above the peak of Mount Anak Krakatau, when it erupted yesterday, according to the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.

The eruption occurred at 08:42 a.m. local time and lasted three minutes 28 seconds, with the wind carrying thick gray ashes to the south-west, said Mount Anak Krakatau monitoring post officer, Deny Mardiono.

Located in the Sunda Strait, which separates the islands of Java and Sumatra, the mountain, most of which is under the sea, has been at the third level of danger, since Apr 24, last year.

People are not allowed to move into the five km radius danger zone from the active crater

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Indonesia Seeks Investment In Carbon Storage Technology

Indonesia is inviting businesses to invest in carbon storage technology, as part of an effort to reduce emissions in the Southeast Asia region, Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said yesterday.

The minister said that, Indonesia has great potential to permanently store up to 400 gigatonnes of carbon emissions through the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

“The potential has created significant business and investment opportunities in Indonesia in this sector,” Pandjaitan said, in his virtual remarks at the International and Indonesia CCS Forum (IICCS Forum) held in Jakarta.

“We also implement a regional carbon tax, which gives the carbon-related projects an economic boost. Our existing oil and gas facilities in a number of regions, including Aceh province, northern Java area, Kalimantan Island, and in Papua are technically feasible for the CCS operations,” he added.

Indonesia has targeted to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 31.89 percent on its own, or by 43.2 percent with international help by 2030.

In May, the country established the Indonesia Carbon Capture and Storage Centre (ICCSC) to help push its agenda to become a regional hub for CCS solutions.

Pandjaitan said, Southeast Asia continued to record significant industrial growth and, at the same time, energy demand. Therefore, addressing emissions become a regional priority

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