Arabofolies 2020, the musical art and idea festival at the Paris Arab World Institute

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 4 February 2020 at 16h22 · Updated on 5 February 2020 at 12h10
Paris Arab World Institute invites you from February 28 to March 8, 2020 to discover the third part of its brand-new multi-disciplinary festival, the Arabofolies. On the menu, concerts, movie sessions, literary meetings and debates about the following topic: commitment.

Book your week from February 28 to March 8, 2020 to discover the Arabofolies, Paris Arab World Institute multi-disciplinary festival held three times a year in spring, early summer and fall.

For this new edition, the Arabofolies came up with a nice program about commutment and those who commit themselves with words, pictures, music, risking rheir lives and showing beauty and freedom in their art.

For 10 days, the Arabofolies offers you many events such as parties, concerts, conferences and movies.


Arabic Sound System Night 
Friday Febraury 28 from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The Arabic Sound System Night show the dynamism of the Arabic electro scene. Every quarter of the year and depending on the theme, the dance floor is given to the most inspired turntable magicians. And The Thousand and One Nights are performed for one of them.

One hour with... Samar Yazbek
Saturday February 29 at 4:30 p.m.
Let's meet writer Samar Yazbek and her book "19 women: Tales of resilience from Syria".

Artistic and gustatory banquet | all things chickpea
Saturday February 29 at 6 p.m.
With the Atelier des artistes en exil and the Compagnie Mabel Octobre, Judith Depaule provides an artistic banquet over one very enjoyed ingredient: chickpea.

Concert | Camélia Jordana | Lost
Saturday February 29 at 8 p.m.
Camélia Jordana comes and defend her bold and third album, Lost, that has been awarded the "Album de musique du monde" at the 2019 Victoires de la Musique on the Arab World Institute stage.

Days of the Story of the AWI | Revolts and revolutions 
Sunday March 1
The RVHIMA are back for the days of the story of the AWI. Days that are focusing on a peculiar topic every year and for three Sundays, as part of the quaterly Arabofolies festival.

Concert | Neysatu 
Monday March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Born BAdiaa Bouhrizi in 1980 in Tunisia, Neysatu is a musical experience carried by an exceptional voice. Inspired by the neosoul wave from the late 1990's, her music reflects her social commitment.

Movie | Papicha by Mounia Meddour 
Tuesday March 3 at 8 p.m.
Algiers in the 90s, 18-year-old student Nedjma living at the university campus dreams of becoming a stylist. But the country's social and political situation keeps on worsening. Not allowing this fatality, Nedjma decides to fight...

Jeudi de l'IMA | Samir Kassir, the appalled man 
Thursday March 5 at 7 p.m.
On June 2, 2005, Lebanese historian and journalist Samir Kassir died in a car bomb. Lebanon and the Arabic world were losing a strong advocate for democracy, laicism and internationalism. Fifteen years later, let's go back on the journalist, activist and thinker's work.

Concert | Hakim Hamadouche & Ithak Seb El Zin 
Thursday March 5 at 9 p.m.
Along with Thomas Ballarini (drums) and Fanny Lasfargues (bass).

Les Forums de l'IMA Citoyennes ! #2 
Friday March 6 at 2:30 p.m.
An afternoon every quarter of the year, the Les Forums de l'IMA invite member of Arabic civilian societies to talk about the general social themes echoing in the Arabic world and in France. The floor is given to citizens from the Arabic world who commit themselves daily in their country and come deliver their stories, experiences and yearnings.

Concert | Bartók: from Budapest to Biskra 
Friday March 6 at 8 p.m.
with the Ensemble traditionnel de Biskra, the Bela quartet and the SOAC quartet.

One hour with... Tribute to Jean Sénac
Saturday March 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Concert | Algérie Belek Belek! 
Saturday March 7 at 8:30 p.m.
Belek Belek: "Watch out!", "Careful!" in young Algerians' everyday language, like a signal to hide from adults when listening to rai a bit too lound in a car, late at night.

Concert | Raja Meziane, female rap and icon of the "Révolution du Sourire" [Smile Revolution]
Sunday March 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
With Kheireddine Mkachiche (violin), Zineddine Kendour (keys) and DJ Dee Tox.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 28 February 2020 to 8 March 2020



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