Music, Dance, Storytelling, Public Discussions and Workshops
From 20 April to16 May
Cairo – Alexandria – Minya – Assiut- Beirut – Tripoli
Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth edition of the Spring Festival 2012, which will take place from 20th of April till the 16th of May 2012. This year the festival will be held in Cairo, Alexandria, Minya, Assiut, Beirut and Tripoli. Spring Festival 2012 brings together a wide range of the most prominent contemporary artists from Europe, Central Asia, the Arab Region and the US.
Spring Festival 2012 will start with a celebration of Turkish music on Friday 20th of April at Prince Taz Palace at 8:00 PM, featuring the distinguished musicians Nedim Nalbantoglu, Nuri Karadermilli, Babaros Erkose and others. Entitled ‘Turkish Coffee’, the program of the opening concert will be a mix of strong solos, duets, improvisations as well as compositions performed by the whole group.
This year’s program features a whole range of musical genres and international groups including: Checkpoint 303 – Palestine/ Tunisia/ France, Dima Dima –Tunisia and Zapp 4 –Netherlands. Furthermore, with the support of The Agha Khan Music Initiative the festival is bringing together five acclaimed musicians from Central Asia to perform in an evening concert entitled “The Invisible Face of the Beloved” followed by two colorful performances by the Tausi Women’s Taarab Orchestra from Zanzibar “. A concert of the Iranian/ British band AJAM, presented with support by the British Council Egypr, will conclude the festival on 14th of May.
On top of that the program also includes two contemporary dance performances. Dorky Park, the ensemble of famous choreographer Constanza Macra, will perform their piece ‘Here/After’ in Cairo’s Falaki theatre during the first weekend of Spring Festival, and the US-American group “Dance Brigade” led by artistic director Krissy Keefer, are bringing their show “Cavewomen: The Next Incarnation” to Cairo and Beirut. In addition, the Turkish shadow puppeteer Cengiz Ozek will show his piece ‘Garbage Monster’, marking the first ever performance dedicated to a young audience in the festival’s history.
The performance program of the festival will be complemented by a side program which includes “Future Manifesto”, a panel discussion and “Samar with the Revolution”, a series of storytelling evenings. The panel discussion will feature cultural and political activists from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen, and will be moderated by remarkable T.V presenter Dina Abd El Rahman. Samar with the Revolution brings together nine individuals from Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen, which will share their stories with the audience over three consecutive evenings from 8th – 10th of May at Makan – Egyptian Centre for Culture at 8:00 PM.
This festival is organized by Culture Resource in collaboration with The Cultural Cooperative Association for Youth in Theatre and Cinema SHAMS, and with the support of the Delegation of the European Union in Egypt, Doen Foundation, The Open Society Foundations, Aga Khan Music Initiative, The Netherlands Embassy, Goethe Institute, and the British Council.
The festival events will take place at several venues around Cairo including El Genaina Theatre, Amir Taz Palace, Beit El Seheimy, Falaki Theater, Ewart Hall – AUC. In Alexandria, the festival events will take place at Jesuits Cultural Center (JCC), Alexandria Center of Arts, and Cinema Rio Rooftop. This year, and for the first time, the festival will be held in Minya , Jesuits Cultural Center, and in Assiut, the University of Assiut, at El Nile Hall.