This year's Sharjah World Music Festival should be better than ever

Published January 14th, 2015 - 01:52 GMT

The second edition of the Sharjah World Music Festival (SWMF) will place the emirate at the centre stage of Arab and international music, senior officials from the organising committee of the festival told Khaleej Times.

The festival, presented by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and organised by Furat Qaddouri Music Centre, will take place from January 16 to 25.

Director of Furat Qaddouri Music Centre Furat Qaddouri said this edition of the festival will bring established musical talents from the region and around the world to Sharjah.

“This unique festival will cater to people keen on cultural events,” he said. “The first edition was just a trial to acquire a prominent position in various musical societies around the world.”

The idea for the festival came following several musical concerts organised in Sharjah and also with the establishment of the Furat Qaddouri Musical Centre with support from Shaikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq.

Qaddouri affirmed that this year’s festival will be bigger than last year’s as more than 11 live concerts will be performed by musicians from nine countries around the world. These concerts will be held at five premier art and cultural venues of the emirate: Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Al Majaz Waterfront, Heart of Sharjah, Flag Island and Al Qasba.

“The music that will be presented during the festival will be a blend of traditional Arabic music with its contemporary trends, thus presenting an international scope. Some of the world’s top performers like Iraqi singer Kadim Al Sahir, violinist Pasha Cazan, dance group Canella Trio, oud musician Sadiq Jaafara, guitarist Kamal Mussalam from Jordan, Francisca Palamidessi from Italy, Jason Carter from London, Pepe Martinez from Spain, etc. will perform,” Qaddouri said.

Barring concerts held at Al Majaz Amphitheatre and Al Qasba Theatre, visitors can enjoy the music and performances for free.

“More than 300 tickets have been sold for the opening of the event which features singer Kadim Al Saher.”

Fatima Al Shuwaihi, Head of Activities department at Shurooq, said: “We are expecting at least 4,000 people of various nationalities to attend the concerts in various areas.”

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