Arabofolies, Paris Arab World Institute new festival

March 1 to 10, 2019 Paris Arab World Institute invites you to discover the first edition of its brand-new multi-disciplinary festival, the Arabofolies. On the menu, concerts, moving sessions, literary meetings and debates about International Women’s Day and Resistance.

Book your week from March 1 to 10, 2019 to discover the Arabofolies, Paris Arab World Institute brand-new multi-disciplinary festival held three times a year in spring, early summer and fall.

For this first edition, the Arabofolies came up with a nice program about International Women’s Day and Resistances.

For 10 days, the Arabofolies offer you many events: 6 electro/hip-hop/jazz/pop/world music concerts, two literary meetings, a movie session with “As I open my eyes” by Tunisian filmmaker Leyla Bouzid, a session of Jeudis de l’IMA “Maghre: l’Héritage à l’épreuve de l’égalité” and a debate around the Arab world’s civil society which theme is – for this first edition – “Citoyennes! Les sociétés civiles à l’épreuve” [Women! Civil Societies put to the test].

Detailed program of the concerts:

  • March 1, 2019 from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m.: From tradition to the dancefloor – electro music from Palestine
    Araboflies and Arabic Sound System give free rein to Electrosteen. A unique night with the meeting between the new generation of Palestinian producers, musicians and DJs coming to Haifa, Ramallah and London with musicians and DJs set in France such as Mehdi Haddab, SKNDR and Renart. Non-stop revisited Bedouin and Palestinian popular traditions, live music, dancefloor and screenings until early morning.

  • March 2, 2019: Between Arab hip-hop and Oriental jazz
    Let’s welcome the Al Akhareen project by unique and talented French-Syrian flute players Naïssam Jalal and Palestinian rapper Osloob, as a sextet.  As the outcome of a common search, their universe links two worlds becoming one: instrumental and electro. With the will to destroy boarders between genres and to create emancipated music.

  • March 8, 2019: A tribute to Women, from private to universal
    Souad Massi
    ’s velvet voice with subtle mixes will perform a few tracks from the new quartet project, an album said to be out in August 2019, a bridge between folk and chaabi music.

  • March 9, 2019: Kurd music renewal
    Kurd singer Aynur Dogan will enhance with her powerful and chamring voice the joys and the sufferings of her people.

  • March 10, 2019: Resisting voices
    A performance provided by Judith Depaule with the Atelier des Artistes en Exil [Exiled Artist Group] will make you hear the voice of artists who chose France to keep on creating.

Please also note that the next editions of the Arabofolies will be held from June 7 to 16 and October 18 to 27, 2019!

Manon C.
Last updated on 9 January 2019

Practical information

Opening Time
From 1 March 2019 to 10 March 2019



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    75005 Paris 5

    Métro Jussieu
    ligne 7, ligne 10


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