Lebanon – Beirut

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1 – 17 May 2014

Music, Theatre, Poetry, Visual Arts & Workshops

Red Zone is an annual festival launched in Oslo in March 2013 by Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV) of Norway, the second edition of the Red Zone festival takes place in Cairo and Beirut from May 1-15, hosted by Culture Resource in Egypt and the Cultural Cooperative for Youth in Theatre and Cinema (SHAMS) in Lebanon in the context of the 6th edition of the Spring FestivalThe Redzone festival is dedicated to freedom of expression in the arts and supporting this freedom through giving artists access to broad audiences. .

Spring Festival is a biannual event organized by Culture Resource to present a wide range of the most prominent artists in music, literature, visual arts, theatre, and dance from around the world, most of who have never performed for Egyptian and Lebanese audiences before.

Thursday May 1

Visual Arts

Tahrir Square by Hany Rashed – Egypt
Through plywood pieces and characters, this installation will embody one of the iconic moments of the early days of the Egyptian revolution. Along with the installation, mockups from real famous graffiti pieces will be drawn over the hall walls.
A storytelling performance by the artist will take place at the opening night, about the stories of his characters in Tahrir Square.

Hany Rashed combines photography, painting and collage with a satirical approach to express social and political issues in Egypt through art. He uses faceless people to highlight the diminishing of individuality and the predominance of the “one-size-fits-all” culture that is promoted through corporate branding. Hani is also interested in the effects of multiculturalism and Western media culture on the Middle East and Egypt in particular.  He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Egypt since 1995 and participated in several international exhibitions. His work has been selected for Dakar, Cape Town and Thessaloniki Biennales.

From the Square by Heba Khalefa – Egypt
Using a combination of painting and collage, photographer Heba Khalifa takes spectators from the battle of the Qasr al-Nile bridge in January 2011 to Holy Family’s visit to Egypt, and from protesters and martyrs of 2011 to a woman from the Pharaonic era.

Heba Khalifa, an Egyptian photojournalist who has worked for Al Shorouk newspaper in 2008. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Helwan University, and worked in social programs for underprivileged children before taking photojournalism as a full time career. She is the recipient of the Mohammed Mounir Award for Visual Arts, Youth Salon, Egypt (2007), and a Scholarship to Study Graphic Art, Salzburg Summer Academy, Austria, and also participated in the Workshop in Visual Storytelling, Egyptian Supreme Council for Journalism.

Opening night: May 1, 8 pm
Exhibit runs May 1 through May 7 – from 2pm to 7pm
Station Beirut
Jisr El Wati, Beirut
Tel: 071684218

Friday May 2

Spoken World
Spoken word artists and musicians from Congo, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Senegal and Tunisia present an evening of new original poems, sounds and visuals developed together for the festival.

Aly Talibab – Egypt
A spoken word street artist, his words often aim harsh criticism at society’s structures and taboos. Ali tries to free himself by using art as a medium of expression, guided by nothing except his desire to find meaning in words.

Didier Awadi – Senegal
Didier Awadi is one of the most prominent artists to have emerged from Africa’s Francophone Rap scene, and has established himself as a pioneer, writing about globalism and Panafrican and progressive causes. Both an artist and entrepreneur, he is also a producer, film director, and the director of the Studio Sankara group.

Ghazi Frini – Tunisia
Born in Tunis, Ghazi is a VJ and multimedia artist who manipulates and reformats videos, sounds and images in response to the performance environment, creating a live, on the spot experience for the audience that is never the same twice. In addition to his work with a number of contemporary dance artists, he has presented his work at various international festivals such as EFest Electronic Music and Digital Creation Festival and Dream City Biennale D’Art, the Cutlog Festival Internation Du Film D’Artiste in Paris, and the D-CAF Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo.

Mazen El Sayed (El Rass) – Lebanon
Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, El Rass is a poet and rapper who left the world of banking and finance to focus on his long time love of rhyming poetry. His masterful manipulation of language switches seamlessly from classical Arabic to the spoken Lebanese dialect, tackling a wide range of sensitive subjects and issues, from revolution to religion, from Sufism to social agitation. He has also worked as a journalist with Al Safir and Al Modon newspapers. His first album Kashf el Mahjoub was released in February 2012 to regional success, and will be followed by a second release in a few months.

Tarek Abu Kwaik (El Far3i) – Jordan/ Palestine
El Far3i is a Palestinian-Jordanian rapper, songwriter, percussionist and spoken word artist based in Amman Jordan. El Far3i is also the name of his solo project that he layers lyrics over guitar and rhythmic beats produced by himself or other producers.

Tibass Kazematik – DR Congo
Tibass Kazematik started his artistic career in Kinshasa, and in Dakar met Didier Awadi and started to work with him as a bassist for his international tours. He is currently working on his first album of songs, covering subjects from love to social issues.

8:30 pm, ticket price: 20000/ 15000 LP
Sunflower Theatre
Tayouneh Roundabout-Sami El Solh street-Kalot Building
Tel: 01381290

Sunday May 4


A special theater double bill featuring a one-woman show that explores women’s issues and the taboos of Arab society, and a performance about the terrorist attacks of July 2011 in Norway and their aftermath.

Capharnaüm By Latefa Ahrrare
In Capharnaüm, Latefa uses multiple forms of visual language, to address the taboos within the traditional and conservative Arab society; the body in art and the position of women in society and art. The play was premiered in Morocco and has since been presented in a number of international festivals. The performance is based on a poem by Yassin Adnan.

Latefa Ahrrare, Moroccan actress Latefa Ahrrare is known for her theatrical, television and film roles with renowned Moroccan and foreign directors, which have earned her awards at major national, Arab and international art festivals. Over the last decade she has also created and presented three one woman plays. Also a professor of theater, she attaches great importance to all issues related to human rights and individual freedoms, as well as the principles of solidarity and co-existence.

Points Of Pain By Kate Pendry
Points Of Pain is a theatrical examination of the events of 22nd July 2011 in Norway and their aftermath. On that day, a right wing extremist set off a bomb in the capital city of Oslo, after which he shot and killed 69 members of the Labour Party youth wing. His stated aim was to kill “cultural Marxists” who had betrayed ethnic Norwegian identity and allowed “islamization” to occur in Norway. A presentation of fifteen different scenes, or situations, exploring the nature of hate, perversions of humanity, and supposed patriotism, the play is made up of imagined meetings, scenes between survivors of the terrorist attack, and a chorus speaking of heaven and hell, the collective mind, and brotherhood. Points of Pain is an attempt to illuminate the pain of this seismic event in Norwegian history, and to explore such universal themes as the loss of children, a mother’s love for her son, and the capacity of love to overcome the malignancy of hatred between humans.

Kate Pendry, born in London, Kate has lived in Norway since 1995 and is a successful performance artist, actress and playwright whose work deals with controversial subjects. Her work is both personal and political, often using dark humor to make its points.

8:30 pm, ticket price: 20000/ 15000 LP
Sunflower Theatre
Tayouneh Roundabout-Sami El Solh street-Kalot Building
Tel: 01381290

Thursday May 8

Three poets from Egypt, Morocco and Iraq bring three unique voices and points of view for a night of poetry.

Walid al-Kubaisi, Iraq/Norway
Originally from Baghdad and now a Norwegian citizen, Walid writes on Middle Eastern politics and culture in relation to the West, and is the author of a number of books on Islam in Europe and the integration of Muslim immigrants. He produced the film Equality, Freedom and the Muslim Brotherhood, which was nominated for the Golden Nymph award in Monte Carlo in 2010. He is also the editor of the blog www.opplystemuslimer.no.

Michael Adel, Egypt
Michael is a journalist, colloquial poet and author of two published collections of poems: C28 and song, paper and a pen. Michael has also worked for several Egyptian newspapers including Al Youm Al Sabea, Al Wadi and Al Badil, and the Lebanese newspaper Al Modon. He was previously nominated for the Naguib Mahfouz Literary Award.

Mohamed Ellaghafi, Morocco
Poet, founder and head of the University of Morocco Association for Creators, and also founded the Almas Association for Culture and Art and the Five Senses literary movement in Morocco. He has published numerous poetry books including Ukaz Market, The Five Senses are the First Step, among others.

8:30 pm, ticket price: 20000/ 15000 LP
Sunflower Theatre
Tayouneh Roundabout-Sami El Solh street-Kalot Building
Tel: 01381290

Saturday May 10


Mahsa Vahdat – Iran
Mahsa began studying music from an early age and graduated from Tehran Arts University in 1993 with a B.A. in Music. Since 1995 she has performed in concerts and festivals throughout Asia, Europe, the US and Africa with musicians from Iran, Europe and America. She has also appeared on stage with her sister Marjan Vahdat and has worked with renowned musicians such as Tord Gustavsen, Pasha Hanjani, and Shervin Mohajer among others. Since 2007 Mahsa has been one of the ambassadors of the Freemuse Organization, an independent international organization that advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. She has released a number of albums on Norwegian record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV).

8:30 pm, ticket price: 20000/ 15000 LP
Sunflower Theatre
Tayouneh Roundabout-Sami El Solh street-Kalot Building
Tel: 01381290

Saturday May 17


Badiaa Bouhrizi – Tunisia
Badiaa Bouhrizi is a Tunisian singer and musician, who has developed her own style she has named Neyssatou, the new sound of North Africa, an expression of authentic music, neither traditional folklore, nor artificial fusion. Born from the underground scene that claims multiple cultural heritages, Neyssatou draws inspiration from African music, Reggae, classical Arabic music, Jazz and Roots music as well as Amazigh influences. Badiaa’s musical journey has taken her through chorale, rock and roll, improvisation, electronic and minimalism to arrive at her style.

8:30 pm, ticket price: 20000/ 15000 LP
Sunflower Theatre
Tayouneh Roundabout-Sami El Solh street-Kalot Building
Tel: 01381290