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A broad panoramic view of Palestinian culture

Vr 29 sep | 19:30 | GROTE ZAAL | Online €10 | Kassa €12

Concert | Film: Ajami

Palestinorama! is a festival dedicated to show a broad panoramic view of Palestinian culture, including Palestinian cinema, live music, art, food and more. We are excited to announce the 2nd edition of the festival under the theme of Coexistence: focusing on films and music made by Israelis and Palestinians, Arabs and Jews, who together create bridges for peace.

For the complete festival program:
https://www.denieuweregentes.nl/palestinorama/ 


DAY 5

19:30 – 20:00 | Grote Zaal | Concert: contemporary music by Haytham Safia and Ilya Ziblat-Shay

A meeting of two superb musicians from different locations and musical traditions: Haytham Safia and Ilya Ziblat-Shay, a Palestinian and an Israeli, one plays traditional music and the other free improvisation, will perform a collaborative project which takes their individual styles to form unique musical realms.  


Bios:Haytham Safia’s music colorfully sources itself from his rich cultural past: he was born in the Village of Kofir Yaseef in Northern Galilee. A versatile and adventurous musician, Safia graduated from the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem in 2002. He turned to Europe, in particular, The Netherlands, for cross-cultural challenges, which included successful collaborations with the multinational band No Blues.
Safia has released ten CDs, which produced stunning albums full of emotion ranging from contemplative to exuberant, and jarring to playful instrumentation.
Three years following his debut in the Netherlands, Safia created a well-admired solo album, U’D, which offers traditional Arab u’d phrasing alongside magical Maqams, his unique trademark which re-interprets much of the traditional melodic u’d repertoire. His u’d improvisatory passages (Taqasim,) exquisitely produced, are further embellished with his meditative signature. His revelatory Nahawand track immerses audiences in a brilliant transcendent state. With a true contemporary and progressive approach to the u’d, Safia playfully manipulates recurring themes, underscoring traditional opening and ending phrasing.
Safia’s oud-playing is known for both its precision and experimentation. His unique combination of classical Western and Eastern instrumentation blends beautifully in a playful musically- styled 'conversation'.
Haytham Safia has long established himself as a talented composer with a well-full of innovative ideas, exemplifying his gift for composition.

Ilya Ziblat (1975) is a composer and a performer (bass / electronics).
His music relates to both composition and improvisation. He creates works for other musicians and groups, or as being involved himself as a performer. Most of his works are for instruments in combination with electronics. His main interest is how musical freedom could be expressed within- and triggered by- composed structures. He has collaborated in various projects together with dance and choreography, (live) video art, film and visual art. Ilya plays contrabass and bass guitar both as an improvisor, and as a performer focusing on a repertoire of contemporary composed works. After studying composition and contrabass in Tel Aviv University, he continued to the Netherlands to study at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague. Currently working towards a PhD in artistic research (Leiden University / Orpheus Institute).

20:15 – 22:00 | Grote Zaal |Film: Ajami (Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, 2009)
Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians. Back and forth in time, and through the eyes of various characters, we witness how impossible the situation actually is. Sensitive 13-year-old Nasri and his older brother Omar live in fear when their entire family is in danger after their uncle foolishly wounds a prominent clan member. Naive young Palestinian refugee Malek works illegally in Israel to help finance the surgery that will save his mother’s life. Affluent Palestinian Binj dreams of a bright future with his Jewish girlfriend. Jewish policeman Dando is obsessed with finding his missing brother. The tragic fragility of human existence is experienced in the enclosed community of Ajami, where enemies must live as neighbors. No location better expresses the dramatic collision of different worlds.


In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.