Celebrating Kahlil Gibran
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 20:00-22:30
Venue: Al Baraha III, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Session No: 41
Join us to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Gibran Kahlil Gibran’s birth and the 100th anniversary of publication of Gibran’s magnum opus The Prophet, one of the bestselling and most translated books of all time. This magical evening of music, performance and dance is dedicated to his fascinating life story and the artistic legacy he has left behind.
This wonderous occasion will feature an elegant Lebanese dinner prepared by Chef George, who hails from the town of Bsharri, Gibran’s birthplace. Art pieces creatively composed of meticulously hand-written Gibran texts by Lebanese artist Fadi Balhawan will be on display. Gibran’s legacy will be honored by the a set of charming artistic performances: including that of Lara Kasem Ali playing the qanun and Elian Tarnab, founder of the Adwar Foundation of Fine Arts, performing as Mai Ziyadah, an important figure in Gibran's life, and Hani Yakan, providing the voice of Gibran himself. This will be followed with a poignant capsule performance by Nadim Naaman, Hannah Qureshi and Riyad Nicolas of the West-End musical epic Broken Wings, inspired by Gibran’s 1912 poetic novel of the same name. Finally ending the night will be opera singer Christine Belbelian performing Aatini al Nay (Give me the Flute), a song originally written by Gibran and popularised by Lebanese icon Fairuz.
This captivating evening will be hosted by Naoufer Roumul.
As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.