20 November - 4 December 2008
The Jerusalem International Oud Festival
This year the ninth edition of the Jerusalem International Oud Festival goes far back in time and to distant regions. The journey in quest of eastern musical traditions takes you to the ancient cultures of Persia and Iraq, to distant Rajasthan in northern India, and will also bring you pearls from the Sufi tradition. Alongside some of the finest and most exciting Jewish and Arab Israeli performers, the festival is hosting musicians from Turkey, Greece, France and Italy this year, once more offering tribute to the Jewish poets of the Golden Age in Spain, alongside the great artists of Arabic art and popular song.
21 November - 24 December 2008
AFRICOLOR 's 20th anniversary
This 20th edition is placed under the fidelity sign towards artistes that played at the festival. Whether it is Nahawa Doumbia, who, from the first edition of Africolor in 1989, opened the doors to the Malian community, Kettly Noël that has been cherished since her first steps outside Haiti or Danyel Waro whose artistic exhanges keep on bringing light and renewance for the last 15 years. Programming artists from the African continent, those who make our musical universe and our wordly perception more rich, has always been the festivals ambition. Their music has so much impregnated our identity that a new generation of musicians have been influenced to continue on this same road. This 20th edition is the party of all these encounters.