Up and coming events/festivals.

Mak

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Hi everybody,

Soon the spring will start the sun will shine more and the life will be happier in Tunisia ... it's time to pick flowers and to enjoy walking in the country ... but also a lot of festivals will have place all over Tunisia ... and i do believe the most known and big festival in the spring ... is the "International Festival of the Spring of Arts" in Kairouan, This festival was born big and great ... in 1995 when it started in its first version it was an attraction of the most famous personalities in the Arabic world , Nizar Kabani had the honor to open and startthis festival and he honored Kairouan by apoem especially when he said :"Kairouan is the first Arabic and Islamic city commited the scandal crimeof loving poetry and poets" ... Adounis didn't miss the spring of Kairouan ... Yahya Al Fakharani, Yosra, Nour Chirif .... and a lot of others ...

The Spring of Kairouan has been founded by an elite ofartists in Kairouan ... thanks to : Abdeljelil BOUGUERRA, Moncef LOUHAIBI, Hamadi LOUHAIBI, Badreddine BEN SAID, Mohamed SAHBI ALLANI ... In Fact what we have seen during the last 15 years, not only in Kairouan but also in the whole country, isa huge cultural mutations - i do believe its a part of the goverment's plan - with the intention of making Tunisiaa cultrual minaret lighting not only in the Mediterranean sea but even in the whole world ... those mutations gave the chance to a lot of talents to shine all over the countryfrom their castle (Universiy of Regada in Kairouan) to give a new and frech breath to the literature in Tunisia and in the Arabic world ... like our Great professors : Salah Eddine Boujeh, Mohamed Sahbi Allani, Moncef Louhaibi ....

My love to the literature made memarginal the other fields of Arts ... The spring is the time to play nice music also and to paint nice tableau ... nice to play theater ... to hold poetic soirée and to share the Arts and to "socialize" it.

From the 9th to the 16th of April feel free to follow the Arts in its spring in Kairouan ... it's just wonderful....

Cheers
Makrem
 

Essem

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Azerbaijani musician Alim Gasimov to join Iranian band at Tunisian concert

Azerbaijani mugam (national Azerbaijani music) singer Alim Gasimov will be joining an Iranian band to perform at a concert at the 49th International Festival of Carthage in Tunis, Mehr news agency reported.

The concert has been scheduled for August 3 at the festival, which is currently underway in Tunisia. The festival will run until August 17.

Mugam or Mugamats are sets of musical scales and characteristic melodic elements, or motives, and traditional patterns for their use, forming a system for the melodic and tonal development of performances in East music.

Alim Gasimov is one of the foremost mugam singers in Azerbaijan. He was awarded the International Music Council-UNESCO Music Prize in 1999, one of the highest international accolades for music.

http://en.trend.az/regions/iran/2174895.html
 

Essem

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Move Baidar, get out the way! Ghalia Ben Ali grabbed your spot at Hayy

Tunisian musician and actress Ghalia Ben Ali will be performing in place of the originally scheduled Iraqi singer Baidar Al-Basri on Thursday as part of the annual Hayy Festival.

The festival, scheduled to last until Friday, 2 August, brings local and regional musicians and performers to the open-air El-Genaina Theatre at Al-Azhar Park during the fasting month of Ramadan.

The 2013 Hayy Festival has hosted diverse female talents from the Arab world, showcasing prominent female musicians from Mauritania and Tunisia.

Emerging from Tunisia, Ben Ali not only is a singer but also a successful actress, as she played a leading role in the film "La saison des homes." She is also a crafted graphical designer, composer and songwriter.

Ghalia Ben Ali is known for fusing elements of Arabic classical music with jazz and Indian tunes.

Her voice varies from Arabic folk and jazz traditions to contemporary chillout, mixing different genres and cultural traditions. She is known for singing in classical Arabic, dancing and utilising design visuals during her performance.

She is widely praised by Arabic-speaking listeners for covering Om Kalthoum songs. Her latest projects include "Romeo & Leila: a ReOriental Fairytale," and "Ghalia sings Om Kalthoum." Her albums include Wild Harissa (2001) Romeo & Leila (2006) Al Palna (2008).

Following Ben Ali's concert, Khansa Batma from Morocco will also be performing at El-Geneina Theatre, on Friday as the festival's final act.

A concert by Palestinian singer Sanaa Moussa has been postponed since last week due to mass protests held on Friday 26 July, but it has yet to be determined when it will take place.

Programme:
Thursday, 1 August at 9pm
El-Genaina Theatre, Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Rd.
 

Essem

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Statement

The Steering Committee of the International Festival of Sousse announces the suspension of business until further notice.

Moreover, the ticket refunds with regard to shows that were cancelled will take place every day from 13h to 10h at the administration department of Sidi Edhaher theatre.

Festival audiences will be kept informed of future decisions by the Steering Committee.

Committee for the International Festival of Sousse
Rafik Gharbi

http://festival-international-sousse.tn/2013-03-04-16-37-32/actualites/item/48-communique-3
 

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Egypt's Hayy Music Festival proves super successful despite political turmoil

Ghalia Ben Ali performing at Hayy festival at El-Genaina theater. (Image: Bassam Al-Zoghby)
Continuing its contribution to the Cairo artistic and cultural scene, Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (Cultural Resource), a non-profit cultural organisation, carries on its mission to encourage the diversity and exchange between different talents in the Arab region. Additionally, the organisation has hosted several initiatives and programmes that support and develop artists regionally.

This year, despite the political situation the country has been witnessing, Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy hosted the Hayy Festival where concerts from five different countries were held at El Genaina Theatre, between 18 July and 2 August.

Hayy Festival, has been going on for eight years, and in its debut years it hosted mostly Egyptian artists with a wide range of activities, from poetry readings, story-telling, Sufi and folk chanting, to circus and puppet shows. Later on, the focus of the festival turned into presenting female artists from diverse Arab and Mediterranean countries.

The first editions of the festival did a magnificent job in hosting remarkable women performers from Algeria, Iraq, Syria and Tunisia, among Mediterranean countries, such as Spain.

It didn’t take long for the festival to start garnering positive feedback from the audiences and critics alike.

"Our main focus was to highlight female artists in the Arab world. At the beginning, we were testing this idea; however, it became the official theme of the Hayy festival. Each year, the festival tends to add something different, but most importantly we seek geographical variety when choosing vocalists and musicians from the Arab world," Charles Akl, the director of El-Genaina Theatre told Ahram Online.

The choice of the artists for the 2013 edition was a success and appreciated from the audience. The voices and the talents varied from the sounds of Mauritania, through the Palestinian folk songs to Arabic and French pop, to classical Arabic music and rock beats.

From Mauritania, singer Noura Mint Seymali opened this year's Hayy festival on 18 July, blending several musical genres. Her music carried distinctive elements from folk, reggae, blues, hip hop and zouk. Seymali engaged with the crowd and asked them to join her in front of the stage to dance. The audience's enjoyment was evident in cheerful crowds as they asked Seymali for several encores.

Franco-Tunisian artist Nawel Ben Kraiem performed on 25 July, fusing electronic and Arabic music. Ben Kraiem kicked off the show with some pop-scented songs and then followed with electro-rock beats with a hint of Tunisian folklore. Inspired by real-life stories and socio-political issues, her tunes addressed topics like the revolution in Tunisia and the chaotic political scene the country is witnessing, immigration and the "Islamisation" of Tunisian society.

Another talent from the land of the Jasmine Revolution, artist Ghalia Ben Ali performed on 1 August, replacing the originally scheduled Iraqi singer Baidar Al-Basri. Ben Ali, with her considerable fan base in Egypt, energised the audience through her repertoire that mixed Arabic classical music with jazz and Indian tunes. Her classical Arabic tracks received a grand applause from the audience, who occupied every space in El Genaina Theater in a sold-out concert.

Rock beats from the Moroccan Khansa Batma were signature of 2 August. Batma performed for the first time in Egypt. Known for combining the distinctive Moroccan accent with alternative rock, she did a fine job interacting with the audience, who enjoyed the experience that added Western melodies to her poignant and sensitive voice. She included songs from her latest albums like, Nestahel.

From Palestine and already known in Cairo, Sanaa Moussa gave a folk- oriented performance as she explored the musical riches from the Palestinian heritage – which she is famous for. A Hayy festival veteran, Moussa brought a taste of contemporary folk tunes fusing them with classical Arab music. While Moussa strives to pass all those cultural gems to younger generations, she is also voicing the sound of Palestinian women who struggle to be heard under occupation.

Akl commented on the fused line-up that brought different genres into one festival by saying "Al-Mawred's team is very experienced in knowing who the people would like to listen to. We have to remain very much updated with the new music that appears. We try to offer something artistically rich that receives acceptance from the audience."

This year's festival was especially challenged by political situation in the country, resulting in some changes to the festival's line-up.

"This year we operated under particularly difficult circumstances," Akl comments. "All the logistics of the festival were finalised prior to 30 June [day of nation-wide protests which eventually led to removal of Mohammed Morsi from presidency] and everything that followed that date was unexpected and we had to adapt to that. However cancelling the festival was not an option for us," Akl points to a series of protests and the difficult security situation in Cairo.

Akl reveals that a number of artists couldn’t make it to the festival. "They [the artists] didn’t want to come to Egypt at this critical time. We originally had seven performers, but two artists cancelled because they were afraid, so we ended up with only five," Akl commented.

Adding to the security issues, Akl revealed that Beidar El Basri’s concert was cancelled as one member from her band is from Iraq and it was very difficult to get him the permission to enter Egypt. "Since he couldn’t be replaced, the whole band couldn’t make it," Akl told Ahram Online.

Not only does Mawred emphasise the authenticity of the hosted performances and bands, but the theatre's location contributes to bringing together Egyptian and Arab heritages.

In light of creating an authentic cultural environment, the theatre creates an intensive taste of the Egyptian culture as it is located along the Ayoubi Cairo Wall, which oversees Old Cairo.

With the variety of performances that the Cultural Resource brings, attendance numbers can be very unpredictable, especially when attendees show up in large numbers – a fact that was particularity commendable keeping in mind this year's political challenges.

For the Ghalia Ben Ali concert, four hours before it was to begin the Cultural Resource official Facebook page announced that it was sold out. Despite that, many people came to El-Genaina theatre hoping to buy a ticket from the booth only to discover there truly were no more spots.

Two thousand showed up, in fact – an overwhelming surprise for the location that was designed to fit only 500 audience members.

Commenting on this unprecedented number, Akl told Ahram Online that "El Genaina Theatre is the only venue for Al Mawred Al-Thaqafy’s concerts, so we are tied to hold our events here in El Genaina Theatre; however, I hope that we get a larger place for our events in the future."

The Cultural Resource also offered Ticket Marché as a new way of purchasing tickets, beside the normal ticket sales at the booth in front of the theatre entrance.

"We preferred to offer tickets online so that people guarantee that they have their place reserved before coming to El Genaina," Akl explained.

Some complained of technical difficulties and a time consuming experience in using the Ticket Marché due to breakdowns in their system, although that was one of the Cultural Resource's efforts streamline ticket sales.

Ticketing logistics can easily be addressed won't stop Culture Resource's dynamic and obviously successful festival. The festival did not bend under a series of challenges it had to face this year. It stuck to its mission and pulled off five remarkable evenings.

It is also important to underscore that Hayy 2013 was one of the extremely rare artistic events who saw the light during this Ramadan – with many others being cancelled: El Sawy Culturewheel suspended all concerts for the holy month of Ramadan, Cairo Opera House cancelled its Ramadan programme and several other cancellations took place as the days were passing.

With its remarkable dedication to the well-chosen artistic riches that the Arab and Mediterranean region offers, commitment to the festival's audience and strong organisational backbone, Hayy is no doubt one of the most remarkable artistic events taking place in Cairo.
 

Essem

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From 2nd to 12th September
 

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Me too :(
 

marhaba

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si there anything going on in tunisia from 30th oct onwards ?
 

Aslemma

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I'd love to go to this, but the dates are never good for me :(
Same for me. My children and grandchildren like me spend Christmas and the New Year with them in the UK. I have said however that if the time comes when they are arguing as to which of them has to put up with me for Christmas I'll have no hesitation in going away. Being a good mum I'd still make their Christmas puddings though. :D
 

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