Under the Olive Tree: a concert of Arabic & Jewish music

November 11, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Melbourne’s Immigration Museum and Adi Sappir will host an afternoon of music exploring what unites people and cultures as part of Melbourne Music Week on Sunday 17 November.

The olive tree is a symbol of peace and friendship that is traditionally neither of the east nor the west.

As part of Melbourne Music Week, musicians and poets from Melbourne’s Arab and Jewish communities are using the olive tree as a uniting symbol as they come together to explore ways music can unite them.

Entering its fourth year, Under the Olive Tree is a showcase of Middle Eastern music, poetry and dance, and the individual stories behind Jewish and Arabic identities.

Experience a variety of intersecting musical traditions, performed by singers Lena Emmanuel and Stav Shaul, Fouad Harraka (oud), Matan Franco (keys), Charles Yarak (nei), alongside Adi Sappir (cello) and George El-Azar (percussion). It will also include a special belly dance performance by Ekaterini and poetry readings by Farah Beaini and Idan Ben-Barak.

For the performing artists, this project offers musical opportunities but also poses social and political challenges. These they accept, as they relish in crossing divides to share their music and stories. In this they aim to move beyond conflict and difference to promote a sense of understanding and community.

Also on offer will be traditional Middle Eastern treat, malabi which will be offered complimentary to all guests.

Embark on this joyous, far-ranging journey of sound in the beautiful environs of the Immigration Museum; a place to celebrate diversity and our shared humanity.

Under the Olive Tree is an all-ages concert hosted and supported by Immigration Museum, Creative Victoria and Victorian Multicultural Commission and presented as part of Melbourne Music Week.

Under the Olive Tree
17 November 2019 | 2 – 4PM
Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne
Tickets: Adult $30 | Concession $25 | Under 25 | Child $20 | MV Members $20 | Family $70
Tickets on sale here.

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