Each year Al Kamandjâti organizes:
The Music Days Festival in June, since 2006, in partnership with the French Cultural Centers Network in Palestine. The Festival lasts 12 days and takes place in more than 10 Palestinian cities.
A Baroque Music Festival in December, since 2005.
Music Days Festival
Festival de Musique Baroque
« Music Days Festival » from the 10th to the 24th of June 2009:
During the « Jerusalem, Capital of Arab Culture 2009 », in collaboration with the Choir of London, the Music Days Festival received more than 250 musicians from various countries and cultures and delivered more than 100 concerts, which took place in Jerusalem and in all Palestine.
The Music Days Festival took place in June, between the 10th and the 24th in more than 10 Palestinian cities and villages.
This year, it was co-organized with the Edward Said National Conservatory. The sum-total of more than 80 concerts spread music across Palestine. Foreign bands, especially an Indian Sufi band, took part in this event together with local bands.
The 4th Baroque Music Festival took place with, for the first time, a more important participation by the students of Al Kamandjâti.
Many students sang in the newly formed children's chorus in all nine concerts of the festival.
For the second consecutive year Al Kamandjâti Association, in collaboration with the French Cultural Centers Network, organized the Music Days Festival in Palestine, giving concerts over 12 days in 10 Palestinian cities - Bel'in, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin, Jerusalem, Jericho, Nablus, Qalqiliah, Ramallah and Tulkarem.
More than 50 musicians (Palestinians, Europeans, professionals, students and amateurs) made this festival possible. The Oriental Ensemble of Al Kamandjâti Ramallah and the Chorus of Al Kamandjâti Jenin gave the concerts in different institutions - hospitals, Red Crescent Centers, orphanages, retirement homes, etc.
Indeed, those musicians enabled people to become more familiar with music, people whose social conditions often separate them from the artistic world and exclude them from cultural events.
The third Baroque Music Festival in Palestine, with the support of the French General Consulate in Jerusalem and many other institutions, and with Peter Sulski as Artistic Director. Al Kamandjâti gathered Palestinian, European and American musicians to run 7 concerts of baroque music from the 12th to the 22nd of December in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Birzeit, Taybeh, Jericho, Nablus and Jerusalem.
The 1st Music Days Festival in Palestine
On June 21st, the first day of summer, more than 250 cities in the world celebrate the « Music Days Festival », a huge free and popular event that was launched for the first time in France in 1982.
In Ramallah as well, on June 21st 2006, we played music in gardens, hospitals and cultural centers in order to convey the theme: « Music Says No ». "No" to the occupation, asphyxiation and isolation of the Palestinian territories. But "Yes" to unity with sympathetic muusicians all over the world.
Organized by Al Kamandjâti Center and by the French Cultural Center, this event attracted many participants for an exceptional day playing music in more than 12 places around the city.
The 2006 Festival gathered 21 musicians from Palestine, France, Germany, Great-Britain, the United States, Italy, Austria and Holland. Some of them already knew each other, and others met during the festival for the first time. They performed six concerts of baroque music in different churches of Palestine, under the artistic direction of Mr. Peter Sulski.
The first concert took place in Ramallah on December 15th. Every day, the musicians went to a different Palestinian city to perform a concert. After Ramallah, they went to Bethlehem to give a concert in the New Church. Then, on the third day, musicians went to Gaza. They were able to go there thanks to the valuable help of the French Consulate and Cultural centers.
The Music Days Festival did not take place yet in Palestine
The 1st Baroque Music Festival
Programme: Manfredini Concerto Grosso in C major, J.S. Bach Concerto for 2 violins and Orchestra in D minor, Vivaldi Concerto for 2 cellos and Orchestra in G minor, J.S. Bach Concerto for oboe, Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Corelli Concerto Grosso "Christmas Concerto " for 2 Violins, cello and orchestra in D minor
Cities: Nazareth, Jerusalem, Nablus, Ramallah, Taybeh, Bethlehem.