Cross cultural collaboration with Morocco
Culture Connection is currently working on a cultural collaboration project with musicians from Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Casablanca (Morocco). Culture Connection supervised a research on urban music, dance and visual arts in Casablanca in 2014.
The research resulted in a music collaboration with young gnaoua musicians from Casablanca and the music project Arabic Poetry meets Kytopia.
Sacred Songs is a vocal production with choirs and vocalists representing different religious and spiritual traditions. Participating vocalists and choirs choose repertoire inspired by a central theme. Various vocal expressions flow into each other such as Jewish liturgic repertoire, Gregorian chant, Coptic songs, Sufi poems, Koran recitation, Buddhist mantras, and so on. Every edition of Sacred Songs is created with local partners, choirs and singers in the city where the performance takes place. The production has been presented in churches and festival in several cities in The Netherlands and is ready for takeoff to Europe!
One of the long term programs is festival Cultural Caravan that has been traveling in the Netherlands since 2008. Cultural Caravan is a festival, taking place in cosmopolitan cities and neighbourhoods. Religiously inspired artistic expressions are central. The festival brings together famous artists along with local talents who present their own personal interpretation of religious music, dance, stories and images. Their interpretations vary from authentic to very modern. Local artists and upcoming talents work intensively with professionals to prepare their acts. The festival embodies talent shows, a vocal production Sacred Songs, a dialogue dinner Eat&Meet, educational activities at schools and interreligious dialogue meetings in local houses of prayer.
NEWS: Culture Connection has released the Guidebook Cultural Caravan describing the methodology and programformats of the festival. The guidebook is a helpfull tool for people who want to create a unique event and contribute positively to their neighborhood. Click here to read the introduction to the Guidebook Cultural Caravan