Hay Festival Abu Dhabi 2020 Programme

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Performance

Event 1

Festival Guests and Friends

Opening of the Festival

Venue: Tolerance Majlis
Peter Florence, the Hay Festival director, offers a welcome address as writers from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, UAE and UK come together to celebrate the spirit of imagination, tolerance, dialogue and adventure that will inspire the Festival. There will be a performance of Power by 2Faced Dance Company. (www.2faceddance.co.uk).
English and Arabic
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Festival Guests and Friends

Event 8

Souad Massi

In concert – Oumniya

Venue: Etihad Garden Stage

Oumniya ('My wish') marks the great comeback of Souad Massi, the Algerian chaâbi-folk icon. Her sixth album is anchored in current events, covering Algeria, politics, love, freedom and emancipation. Massi plays an Algerian mandole, the main instrument of châabi and Kabyle music, creating a light, melodic folk, balanced with pop, and adds an Arab-Andalusian violin (Mokrane Adlani) and the derbouka (Rabah Kalfa) with Latin drums (Adriano Tenorio). She weaves genres together, as in popular Algerian songs (châabi) and the poetry of Aït Menguelet, champion of the Kabyle resistance, with touches of reggae and fado. Oumniya (which addresses the pain of betrayal), is the first of thirteen songs, most of them sung in Arabic and written by Algiers-born Massi.

15+ years
Arabic
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Souad Massi

Event 12

Mashrou’ Leila

Live at the Manarat

Venue: Atrium

Formed during a late-night jam session at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila have become one of the biggest bands from the Middle East. Renowned for their electro-pop anthems, they return to the UAE with their distinct approach to storytelling and orchestration, drawn from their collective experiences of modern Arab youth identity.

Arabic
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Mashrou’ Leila

Event 24

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Live at the Manarat

Venue: Etihad Garden Stage

This mesmerising duo has been hailed as the “most popular world music act of the decade”. Together Welsh harpist Catrin Finch (Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales from 2000 to 2004) and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita create a musical marriage of culture that is breathtaking. Their multi-award-winning sound is a joyous, ethereal and hypnotic homage to their countries' diverse cultures. The result is something so extraordinary it can only be described as magic. Their collaborative album Soar won ‘Best Fusion’ Album in the Songlines Music Awards 2019.

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Event 41

Marcel Khalifé and Bachar Mar-Khalifé

Mahmoud, Marcel and I – concert

Venue: Etihad Garden Stage

Bachar Mar-Khalifé appears on stage with his father Marcel Khalifé, the renowned Lebanese composer, oudist and singer, in a musical tribute to his friend the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. It was by singing Darwish's poetry at the beginning of his career that Marcel Khalifé reached international acclaim, far beyond the Arab world.

Marcel Khalifé is a virtuoso of the oud. He studied and taught at Beirut Higher Conservatory of Music. He performed on the world’s greatest stages and with the world’s great orchestras. In 2005, he was named UNESCO Artist for Peace. With the Al Mayadine ensemble, which he founded in Lebanon in 1976, he combined Arabic and Western instruments, performing instrumental compositions and sung poetry. Darwish’s poems remain the most famous works in Khalifé’s repertoire. Mixing Arab music traditions with jazz and electro, Bachar Mar-Khalifé invites his illustrious father and an instrumental ensemble to revisit this unique collaboration between poet and musician.

Marcel Khalifé – oud & vocal; Bachar Mar-Khalifé – conception, piano and vocal; Nenad Gajin – electric guitar; Anthony Millet – accordion; Sary Khalifé – cello; Aleksander Angelov – bass; Dogan Poyraz – percussion.

Arabic
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