Arab Festival of Arts (Festival Arabe des Arts)

"Koum Yaba", performed by Istanbouli Théâtre
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Country and Region TunisiaKebili
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Douz, Kebili, Tunisia
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Festival Description

The city of Douz serves as one of the grand entry ways into the Sahara Desert where travelers and nomads are drawn. Founded tens of centuries ago it has been home to many cultures and influences. It is for these reasons that the regiona has become a symbol of the Saharan culture. The Arab culture that has prevailed makes it a perfect location of the festival.

Filmmakers have attempted to capture the romance and history of the region and Douz has been credit to drawing historians, tourist, writers, artists and many others to see for themselves that the region has to offer.

Festival Dates April 5 - 10, 2013
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Performance feature 2013:
  • Koum Yaba, performed by Istanbouli Theatre (Lebanon)
    • Istanbouli Theatre will represent Lebanon at the Arab Festival of Arts at Douz, Tunisia. Theatre director Kassem Istanbouli is preparing his participation at the 4th Arab Festival of Arts at Douz, invited by the Tunisia Ministry of Culture and the municipality of Douz. This year the Festival of Douz will show the work of theatre companies coming from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Lebanon at the Es-Salaam Theatre space from 5 to 10 of April.
      Istanbouli has expressed his great satisfaction not only by the fact that he has been invited to the Festival of Arts of Douz but also because cultural exchanges of this nature are taking place within Arab countries and this makes a strong contribution to enrich cultural ties between the countries.
      Istanbouli Theatre will bring to Douz  “Koum Yaba” theatre play, a black comedy speaking of the suffering of the Palestinian people since year 1948 and up-to-date, and inspired by the writings of Palestinian author Salman Natour. Istanbouli started to perform this theatre play after the attack to Gaza, bringing it to  the streets and squares of Beirut, in front of the USA embassy in Lebanon, at the Palestinian refugees camps, at the universities of both Lebanon and Syria. Also  “Koum Yaba” has been performed at 2008 Gaza Festival, at 2010 Earth day Festival, at the first anniversary of Nakba, at Madrid, at the Theatre Festival of Beiaia (Algeria) and at Chile last January 2013.éâtre-مسرح-إسطنبولي/215960708429639


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