Society / Egypte
Spring Festival cancelled in Beirut
babelmed - 01/04/2008
The Spring Festival is a biannual celebration of contemporary creativity in all its forms and genres, especially those that come from the global South and East, and from Diaspora communities in the West and North. The festival’s target audience is primarily urban youth, but also a wider public that is curious, open minded and passionate about art and culture, yet without much access to new artistic and literary experiments.
The first Spring Festival "Awel Rabie" was presented in Cairo in 2004 to mark the launch of Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy). The 2004 program featured artists from Morocco, Mauritania, Ivory Cost, Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Kenya, Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria, and India. The festival focused on four cultural fields: music, dance, storytelling and poetry and also included an architectural exhibition and meetings between heads of regional cultural organizations and the public.
In 2006; the festival presented a wide range of the most important modern Arabic creative experiences in music and poetry; Marcel Khalife and Al Mayadine Ensemble from Lebanon, the Moroccan-British band MOMO, the Syrian band “Hewar” and the Tunisian composer and Oud player Anouar Brahem. The literary program included the Palestinian American poet “Suheir Hammad”, then the Bahraini poet “Qassem Haddad”, the Iraqi poet “Fadhil Al Azzawi”, and the two Egyptian poets Amin Haddad and Bahaa Jaheen. The festival included three music workshops and two lectures/seminars.
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