The “Arabesque” team expressed its joy in being “one of the first festivals to open its doors despite the health crisis.”
Most of the festival, dedicated to the arts of the Arab world, takes place in the open air, in a pine forest that has been converted into an ancient Arab-style city.
The opening will be with Tunisian singer Dorsaf Al Hamdani at the Montpellier Opera, while the closing will be with the “Barbis National Orchestra”, which presents her new disc on stage to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
The organizers stressed the importance of continuing the festival, even in light of health measures such as wearing masks, and stressed that all measures were taken “to enable viewers to enjoy the atmosphere and performances, while making sure to follow the health conditions in force.”
Former French Culture Minister Jacques Lang and head of the Arab World Institute in Paris wrote in an introductory speech to the 2020 session: “At a time the situation still lacks clarity for many galleries (shows) and festivals, we are excited about the idea of meeting again to celebrate the arts of the Arab world in this 15th session of Arabesque Festival.