World Arts Visit Three Arab Cities This Year
Culture Resource Organization in cooperation with the Cultural Co-op for Youth in Theatre and Cinema (Shams) with the support of Egypt Tourist Authority and Foreign Cultural Relations Sector in the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the fourth round of the Spring Festival from the 6th till the 22nd of May 2010. This year the festival will be held in Cairo, Alexandria and Beirut simultaneously for the first time. The festival will present a large group of artists and authors from 15 countries presenting their work for the first time in Egypt.
The opening concert of the festival will feature two distinguished musicians from Central Asia; Nodira Primatova from Uzbekistan and Homayoun Sakhi from Afghanistan. The concert is supported by The Agha Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia and will be held on Thursday the 6th of May at Prince Taz Palace at 8:00 PM. The festival’s program also features Omar Sosa – Cuba/Spain, Iva Bittová – Czech Republic, Anwar Abudragh – Iraq, Ras Nas band – Tanzania/ Norway, Baraná – Turkey/ The Netherlands and the dub poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah.
The program also includes many theatre performances such as “City of Mirrors” by the Lebanese Director Roger Assaf. The play is inspired by the paintings of the artist Paul Giragosian (1926 – 1993) and by the documents on Jerusalem before 1948. Ziya Azazi the famous Turkish dancer and choreographer will present is contemporary dancing performance titled “Dervish” in Cairo and Beirut. The festival concludes with a concert by famous South African singer Thandiswa on Saturday the 22ndof May at El Genaina theatre in El Azhar Park at 8:00 PM.
As for the Beirut program, it includes many theatre performances, such as “The Two Immigrants” directed by Samer Omran from Syria, “The Last Tape” directed by Ossama Ghanam from Syria and “ The Final Hour” by the Tunisian director Ezzedine Ganoun, in addition to the puppet show “Earth and the Seasons” by Zahra Sabry from Iran.
The festival events will take place at several venues around Cairo and Alexandria including El Genaina Theatre, Amir Taz Palace, El Sama’ Khana, Rawabet Theatre, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Jesuit Cultural Centre in Alexandria (Garage Theatre), while all events held in Beirut will take place at Sunflower Theatre.
This year, the Spring Festival includes a sub- program, titled “Tomorrow”, which will be held at Le Veinnois Hotel and Rawabet Theatre in Down Town. The program includes theatrical performances, art exhibitions, literary readings and film screenings by a large group of young Arab artists who have received production support from Culture Resource.
“Tomorrow” will open on Sunday the 9th of May with the solo performance “Squeek” by Kholoud Nasser (Lebanon) followed by ” Upstairs” by Jad Hakawati and Roaa Bzeih ( Lebanon) on the 10th of May. The program continues till the end of the festival on the 22nd of May.