Program | Concerts | Conferences | Workshops

The University Antonine
The Morgenland Festival Osnabrück
The Music and Beyond Foundation
Me’zaf Musical Cultural Initiative
in coordination with the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service at the American University of Beirut

Global Week for Syria

In the framework of the 3rd edition of Global Week for Syria – Beirut Festival in partnership with me’zaf musical cultural initiative, with kind support from the European Union Delegation to Syria, and in collaboration with the UNESCO Beirut office, the American University of Beirut, the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS), the Centre de Recherche sur les Traditions Musicales (CRTM) of Université Antonine in (Hadat/Baabda, Lebanon), a three-day conference will take place at the American University of Beirut and at Dar El Nimer.

Panel discussions, lectures and a concert will be presented around the music traditions in the Mashreq in the presence of scholars and musicians from Lebanon, Syria, France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

Conferences in College AUB Hall B1:

Sunday, July 2

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm @American University Beirut
Panel discussion – me’zaf musical cultural initiative meets Salon Joussour in a panel discussion on different approaches and views on the notion of “authentic”, “classical”, and “contemporary” oriental music between the Netherlands and Lebanon.
Tony Overwater (NL) from Salon Joussour, Ghassan Sahhab (LB) from me’zaf
(Language: English)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm @American University Beirut
Lecture – presentation of different traditions in North East of Syria with live performance.
Ibrahim Kevo (SY)
(Language: Arabic)

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm @American University Beirut
Lecture – the geometry of the Maqam and its color.
Fawaz Baker (FR/SY)
(Language: Arabic and French)

Monday, July 3

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm @American University Beirut
Panel discussion – the life and work of the Aleppine musician Nouri Iskandar with recorded and live examples.
Moderator: Dr. Hassan Abbas
Ibrahim Kevo (SY), Fawaz Baker (FR/SY) in the presence of Nouri Iskandar.
(Language: Arabic)

Tuesday, July 4

5 pm – 7 pm @Dar El Nimer

“My History: Syrians in their own words” 

To celebrate the launch of Syrian Histories, an oral histories collection of personal narratives about culture and society in Syria in the late 20th and early 21st century, Sharq will be presenting a series of performance readings of some of the narratives.
The event will also include brief discussions with select professionals who, through their work and in different ways, reflect the voices and experiences of individuals.
(Language: either Arabic or English)

Wednesday, July 5

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm @American University Beirut
Panel discussion – Musical Traditions of the Orient
Pr. Nidaa Abou Mrad (LB), Pr. Jean During (FR), Pr. Richard Dumbrill (UK)
A three-part musicological vulgarization conference on musical traditions of the Orient. Historical account of the musical traditions of Levant and Egypt (the Mashreq); musical antiquity of the Fertile Crescent; Tradition in the musical Orient: transmission, initiation, and mutations, in the face of modernity.
(Language: Arabic, French and English)


For inquiry:
Hannibal Saad, Festival director, Global Week for Syria | 00961 78 985 480
Areej Abou Harb, Co-organizer, me’zaf | 00961 3 946 528

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