Festival: Moroccan Night: Passport Fridays International Music, Dance, and Film Series

Fri, July 25, 2008 6:30 pm at Queens Museum of Art

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Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

MUSIC: Rachid Halihal Ensemble will play traditional music from the North African repertoire. A native of Fez, Rachid is a world-class musician who plays multiple styles of Moroccan music including Andalus, Gnawa, Sha'abi, and Jahjouka, in addition to classical Egyptian and Lebanese Debke. Followed by set from DJ Alias. DJ Alias spins spinning the best Arabic & Moroccan Hip Hop. He has monthly sets at such Brooklyn venues as Ripple, Soda, and Moe's.

DANCE: Evie is dancer and poet who performs with her students as Dance of the Word. They have been performing belly dancing, the ancient dance art of the Near and Mid-East, regularly since 2004, both to poetry as well as to the dance's traditional music.

FILM: I Love Hip Hop in Morocco
(Jennifer Needleman, Joshua Asen, United States/Morocco, 2007, 90 min, Moroccan Arabic, French, English ST)
A feature-length documentary following a group of young Moroccan Hip Hop artists pursuing their dream of staging Morocco's first ever Hip Hop Festival. The film documents their struggle to overcome the strong resistance they meet up with, as well as their initiative in raising the necessary funds to achieve their, seemingly impossible, goal. Viewers are taken on a journey where they get acquainted with the self-motivated Hip Hop artists on a personal level.


About Passport Fridays 2008

Fridays from July 11 - August 22, 6:30 - 10 pm
Dance and Music programs begin at 6:30 pm followed by the Film program at 8 pm each Friday.
No raindates! In Case of Rain, program moves inside of museum.

American Express and the Queens Museum of Art present Passport Fridays 2008: 4th Annual International Film, Dance and Music Series Leave your baggage at home and bring a picnic blanket out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the QMA's Passport Fridays Free International Outdoor Film, Dance and Music Series. The weekly outdoor festivities feature dance performances by participants in the QMA/TOPAZ Arts Dance in Queens Residency Program, and continue with a live concert and film screening from one of the many countries that fuel Queens' cultural & artistic vitality. Complementary shorts films will precede each feature film and are co-presented with Arts Engine's Media That Matters Film Festival. West Africa, Brazil, Morocco, China, Ecuador, India, and Mexico are on your all inclusive summer itinerary.

American Express presents Passport Fridays 2008 at the Queens Museum of Art. Additional support for Passport Fridays 2008 has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Independence Community Foundation, MetroPlus Health Plan and Elmhurst Hospital.

Last updated: 2008-07-14 14:50:05

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