The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

Al Kamandjati Sacred Music Festival

Press Conference & Amra and the Tangianu Duo

March 30, 2016 5pm

Al Kamandjati, a music festival dedicated to sacred, spiritual and traditional music, hosts a press conference with the festival team, followed by a performance by Amra and the Tangianu duo. 


Amra showcases overtone singing, khoomii, and morin khuur, a practice born under the Mongol Empire where the Altai Mountains and the Gobi Desert meet. Overtone singing is a musical metaphor for the relief of the hills, the magnitude of the steppes, and the tumult of nature. 

The Tangianu duo brings to life the art of Launeddas, the triple pastoral clarinet from Sardinia. The launeddas, a traditional 'continuous breath' instrument, pre-dates the Aulos or Diaulos of ancient Greece, the Yarghul of ancient Egypt, and the Roman Tibia. It is simple in appearance, consisting of three pipes connected to the mouth, but requires an especially high level of skill to play.

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Al Kamandjati Association was created in 2002 by Ramzi Aburedwan from Al Amari, a refugee camp, Ramallah. Al Kamandjati strives to support the education of Palestinian children by providing easy access to music, particularly those residing within refugee camps and villages throughout Palestine and Lebanon. More information can be found here.