Lecce to hold Sabir festival 16-19/5

Events on migration, 'democracy needs openness to others'

09 May, 16:41

    (ANSAmed) - LECCE, MAY 9 - 'Sabir', a word that was created from contact between different linguistic communities, is now synonymous with bringing people together. From May 16 to May 19, Lecce will be hosting the Sabir cultural festival.

    With a focus on Europe and the role it has in the Mediterranean basin, this edition will bring to the stage - in Baroque squares and famous halls of Salentino stone - the thousand faces of the sea: culture, economy, and politics for three high-intensity days. Migration and rights, information and borders, reception models and travel notes, to reiterate that democracy cannot exist without openness towards others through a series of six lessons as well as meetings, concerts and films. International speakers will include the Algerian Tahar Lamri, a writer and journalist, as well as Taqadum Al-Khatib from the Egyptian Human Rights Forum and Wadih Al Asmar, president of the Euromed Rights Network.

    There will also be civil society representatives such as Oliviero Forti, head of migration policies for the Italian branch opf Caritas, Antonio Russo, Franco Una, and Marco Trulli from the ARCI national office, and trade unionists such as CGIL secretary Maurizio Landini, Susanna Camusso, head of CGIL's international policies, and Tunisia's UGTT chief Noureddine Taboubi.

    Figures in the art and cultural sphere will be meeting in different locations to speak about the history and identity of the Mediterranean. Theater, literature, and music are the cardinal points of this edition of the festival, which comes after Lampedusa, Pozzallo, Siracusa, and Palermo. The Symphonic Orchestra of Salento under the direction of Eliseo Castignanò will open the festival on May 16 and pay homage to composer Nino Rota on the 40th anniversary of his death. The following day at 10 PM - in a square that stands as a symbol to Lecce Baroque and where pop concerts have been banned for over 10 years - there will be a concert by Apres la Classe, a Salentine band mixing reggae, rock, and world music. For more information there will be a stand at: ex convitto Teatini, Via Vittorio Emanuele II 25, Lecce.


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