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That is, SHAMS (the Cultural Cooperative Association for Youth in Theater and Cinema), Cultural Resource and partners have announced the program of the 2016 Spring Festival.Festival codirector Hanane Hajj Ali gave a particularly passionate speech on how important it is to defend artistic freedoms, especially in light of the current situation in the Arab world.The festival's opening performance, on April 28, is telling of the festival's breadth.The May 8 program at Dawar al-SHAMS will see a performance by the classical Indian dancers of Kerala Kathkali Center while, a few days later on May 14, the venue will host Malian quintet Bassekou Kouyate and Garana Roots.Dawar al-SHAMS will host the festival's first theater piece on May 7 when Kuwait's Sulayman al Bassam presents a series of monologues on the Arab Spring.The Tayyouneh theater space will also host concerts by Tunisian violinist Dima Orsho, with Syrian soprano Dima Orsho and clarinetist Kinan el Azmeh (April 30) as well as French-Tunisian Yacine Boulares (May 21).
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