In a time of such instability and economic struggle for the Arab world, it is now more than ever that Aswatuna needs and deserves your support!
Over the past few years, much international attention and media has been focused on the Arab World. However, this attention has centered around the wars, the violence, the loss of lives and the challenges faced by refugees and other citizens as our countries struggle for change.
While it is true that all of these challenges are a part of our daily lives, it is also true that there is so much more we have to offer . . . Our rich culture, our beauty, our voices. . .
Given the difficult circumstances, it is even more critical that we reach out and embrace the things in life that inspire and encourage us, that remind us that life is precious and worth striving for: beauty, love, music, art, dialogue, understanding, respect, tolerance, community.
We say “no” to violence. We say “yes” to striving for a better life. We choose appreciation. We choose dialogue. We choose to sing.
Aswatuna is a distinctive opportunity to raise our voices, to build community through song and to foster deep understanding, compassion and empathy across the Arab World.
It is a unique life experience where there is space to step back and see our problems from a distance and try to understand them, together.
It is the opportunity of a lifetime to showcase our beautiful sounds and rhythms to the rest of world, for all of us to see and be reminded that we have so much to offer!
Aswatuna was envisioned by Shireen Abu Khader and maestro Andre de Quadros as a festival space to support the emerging choral community in the Arab world, and to utilize the positive power of music for bringing people together in unity, especially at a time when many Arab countries are experiencing increased fragmentation and struggle.
Through collaborating with different organizations, a Swedish funder was brought on board and the first Aswatuna festival was held in the summer of 2008.
A truly unforgettable and poignant experience for those in attendance, the festival included several choirs from Arab countries in the midst of turmoil. Their presence alongside us and the richness of the sharing and learning experience was incredible!
A second season of the festival was undertaken in 2012 despite the challenge of having no major sponsors. As a creative solution to the financial challenge, it was decided the festival would make a tour of Jordan, with workshops and performances held in Madaba, Petra, Wadi Rum and Amman. Though it worked out and was great fun, a downside of this approach was too much time spent in transit.
We are determined to host this wonderful festival again, and while we have established a baseline of local supporters to whom we are immensely grateful, we are still in significant need of funds.
If you would like to be part of this community-building through song, to support those striving to nurture the positive power of music and culture in the Arab World,, please take a moment to donate.
It will make a difference.
Bank details: Beneficiary: Dozan wa Awtar Music Establishment BANK al Etihad Shmeisani Branch Amman - Jordan Acc. No. : 001/ 01 / 040151 / 151 / 01 IBAN: JO67 UBSI 1010 0000 1010 4015 1151 01 Swift code: U B S I J O A X
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