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Warsaw Cross-Culture Festival
August 29, 2012   
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The Warsaw Cross-Culture Festival is the capital’s largest event focusing on world music. This year’s festival, whose title is “Inspirations: The Orient,” will be held Sept. 23-29 and will feature dozens of acts from 11 countries. Festival performances will take place in a large tent by the Palace of Culture.

The event will open with concerts by Alim Qasimov from Azerbaijan and Jivan Gasparyan from Armenia, who is a virtuoso of the duduk, an Armenian woodwind instrument with a sound similar to that of the saxophone.

Festival audiences will hear Ayarkhaan, a women’s ensemble from Yakutia in Siberia, Russia, who play the xomus, one of the world’s tiniest music instruments.

The festival will also feature Sufi musicians including the Al Kindi Ensemble and rising Indian star Raza Khan, a singer with an unmatched vocal range. The closing acts will be African blues player Boubacar Traoré from Mali and young female vocalist Dobet Gnahoré from the Ivory Coast.

As each year, the festival will include singing classes and workshops. The latter will be conducted by performers from Asia and Madagascar. A special event has been scheduled for Sept. 29 to teach children about Asian culture through games and activities.

This year’s festival also includes a documentary section that will take place at the Kinoteka movie theater Sept. 24-28. The documentaries will be shown at 5 p.m. and include productions from India, Mongolia, Japan and Mali.

Warsaw Cross-Culture Festival, Sept. 23-29
Tickets zl.25 (single concert) zl.120 (festival pass), available at www.eventim.pl, the Festival Office at 77/79 Marsza³kowska St. and at the festival venue on the day of the concert.

For further information go to www.festival.warszawa.pl
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