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Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet








Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet is a modern-day caravan which brings a dynamic and diverse mix of contemporary artists from the Muslim world, across oceans, to meet American audiences. The Reif Center is one of four locations selected in the nation to receive Caravanserai for the 2012-2013 Season which highlights Morocco. You’ve arrived at the oasis. Escape the desert heat. Gather round. Experience and enjoy the music, film, photography, and culture of Morocco!

Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet is produced by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations with leadership support from the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Major support is provided by Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and MetLife Foundation All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation Program. Caravanserai’s film and media programming is coordinated on behalf of the program by South Arts.

MPR Members will received a 10% discount on tickets to Caravanserai events. Discount only available at the Reif Box Office.

Spring Caravanserai
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 7:30pm
Featuring masters of classical Arabic music from the Andalusian tradition, the Orchestra of Fesdirected by Mohammed Briouel.
Ringing through the streets and alleys of incredible cities like Fes, Rabat, and Casablanca, the vibrant, spiritual melodies of Andalusian chamber ensembles are the signature sounds of Morocco’s cultural heritage. Vocalist Françoise Atlan joins in to highlight the rich tradition of Sephardic music that is also an integral part of the Moroccan experience.  

Fall Caravanserai - PASSED
Featuring the Majid Bekkas Gnawa Ensemble and oud virtuoso, Brahim Fribgane.
The beginnings of the American blues tradition have strong roots in the soulful style of Gnawa. The hypnotic pulse of the guembri, a three-stringed bass lute, and the colorful, dancing, singing, and syncopated rhythms of iron castanets called qarqaba combine to create a magical journey for both the musicians and the audience to share. 

Winter Caravanserai - PASSED
Award-winning Moroccan-American filmmaker Hakim Belabbes presents two short documentary films that reveal much about the complexity, beauty and challenges of day-to-day life in Morocco.

Click on the photo to watch a preview.

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