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Spring 2008 in Cairo and Beirut

Spring 2008 in Cairo and Beirut

Musicians, dancers and writers from seven countries meet audiences in Cairo and Beirut

springfestival-high-res Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, in collaboration with the Cultural Co-op for Youth in Theatre and Cinema (Shams) in Lebanon present the third round of the bi-annual Spring festival in May 2008. This year, the festival will be held in Cairo and Beirut simultaneously for the first time. The programme of this year’s festival will express the ability of artists and writers to cross boundaries, not just in the political sense but also cultural and social boundaries.

The festival’s programme features such distinguished performers as: the great Azerbaijani Mugham singer Alim Qassimov, the Palestinian composer and musician Simon Shaheen, the Iranian Kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, the Spanish gypsy singer Esperanza Fernandez, Flamenco performer Pastora Galavan (Spain) and Yalda Younes (Lebanon), the African Folk group Freshly Ground, and the contemporary dance group Cie2_k_far from Morocco.

The program concludes with a focus on Palestine to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba. This sub-programme is titled “60 Years” and includes a photography exhibition on Palestine before 1948, a cartoon exhibition by a young Palestinian cartoonist, readings by young Palestinian writers, a lecture by Ahdaf Souef, an Oud concert by the young Palestinian musician Nizar Rohana and finally announcing the results of theHanzala cartoon competition. This competition was announced by Al Mawred Al Thaqafy in March 2008 for the best cartoon on the theme of Al Nakba.
“Sixty Years” Program

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