RUMI FESTIVAL 2008
14. - 21. November- at Litteraturhuset in Oslo
designated 2007 as the "Year of Rumi" to mark the 800th
birth of the eminent philosopher and mystical poet Jalaladdin Rumi.
Rumi is one of the greatest spiritual and literary figures of all
times and is known for his profound messages and his call for love,
humanity and peace.
At the House of Litterature (Litteraturhuset) in Oslo we continue
to celebrate Rumi, and between 14th - 21st November the 2008 edition
of the Rumi Festival will take place. The program will include storytelling
performances, a seminar and conserts, including a special visit
by the famous Tajikian musician Dolatmand Khalo.
Other guests include professor in Tajikian litterature Roshan Rahmani
and the leader for Zyiodullo Shahidi International Cultural Foundation
(NGO), Munira Shahidi from Tajikistan, storyteller Chirine El Ansary
from Egypt, Kate Corkery from Irland and Heidi Dalsvein, Helga Samset
and Øystein Vestre from Norway.
During the festival there will be events in English, Arabic, Farsi
The Rumi Festival is arranged by Albatrass in collaboration with
Norwegian P.E.N. and is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council,
the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the Freedom of Expression Foundation.
The artistic director for the festival is Amir Mirzai.
occur in relation to both content and times in this program, so
please check for updates at a closer date.
10:00 – Children's show with Chirine El Ansary in Arabic (for
invited school classes)
13:00 – 13:30 Book launch: «Kjøpmannen og papegøyen»
(«The salesman and the parrot») by Rumi. Bilingual (Norwegian/Farsi)
and illustrated edition. By Humle Publishing House.
19:00 – OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL
This year's festival kicks off with an opening show celebrating
the meeting point between Rumi and the West, between Rumi's age
and our own and between different languages and traditions. We will
witness an exciting musical collaboration when Said Dibaj performs
together with Norwegian folk musicians, enjoy stories by both Rumi
and other writers told by Chirine El Ansary, Heidi Dahlsveen and
Nima Hajiri and experience poetry in both Norwegian and Farsi read
by amongst others Erling Kittelsen. 'Blokkfløytistene' will
perform music from the dark ages, and Øystein Vestre will
present the evenings program.
20:30 Performance: «ARR»
The storytelling performance «ARR» («Scar»)
follows Omit and Shahen, both from Iran. They are thrown into the
revolution in 1979 with the following war against Iraq. Both of
them face the impossible to choice, to escape and leave everything
they know behind. Which one of them deserves to be allowed to stay
Performed by storyteller Helga Samset and Øystein Vestre
10:00 – THIS YEAR'S RUMI SEMINAR: Cultural heritage,
communication and consequences
A seminar about the relationship between litterature and
storytelling. Focusing on Tajikistan, cultural exchange and human
Arranged in collaboration with Norwegian P.E.N. Elisabeth Eide will
host the seminar.
Lasts from 10:00 – 16:00. Parts of the program will take place
in English and in Farsi interpreted into Norwegian.
10:00 – 12:00
Part I – Challenges when translating between Norwegian
Lectures, discussions and presentations of new translations.
Participants: Ardeshir Isfandiari, writer and poet Erling Kittelsen,
translator Nina Zanjani, writer and playwright Elyas Poorgholam
and professor at the University of Oslo, Finn Thiesen.
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30
Part II - Rumi in contemporary Tajikistan
Lecture with Munira Shahidi: Rumi in Tajik litterature.
Where and to what extent is Rumi's work still present and important
Tajikistan? Rumi's legacy in Tajik litterature as a whole.
Lecture by Roshan Rahmanov: The living Rumi-tradition in Tajikistan
The importance of poetry in the tradition of Persian storytelling.
Rumi's presence in folk culture and in the oral tradition of storytelling
– 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:00
Part III – The importance of culture and art in the
development of democracy and human rights
Munira Shahidi and Roshan Rahmanov answers questions related to
the human rights situation in Tajikistan and participates in a discussion
on the importance of culture, art and litterature on the development
of human rights. How does the development of cultural intitutions
affect the human rights situation in a country?
PERFORMANCES FOR CHILDREN
14:00 – Nima Hajiri and Mohamad Mirzazadeh: Persian
Stories (with music)
15:00 – Marianne Sundal: The performance
«Folk og rare dyr» («People and strange animals»)
18:30 – The performance «Spiller jeg
noen rolle?» («What's my part in this?») with
Jannicke Stensnes. Directed by Gudmund Groven.
20:00 – Performance with Irish Kate Corkery
PERFORMANCES FOR CHILDREN
14:00 – The performance «Revestreker»
with Lise Grimnes.
– Kate Corkery: Rumi in Irish (for older children and youth)
18:30 – The performance «Bankende hjerte
– en reiseguide i erotisk folklore» («Beating
heart – a travel guide in erotic folklore») with Heidi
20:00 – Performance with
storytelling by Chirine El Ansary and music by Said Dibaj
Seminar: «Glemte heltefortellinger» («Stories
of forgotten heroes»)
A day seminar with a focus on migration, human rights and the interpretation
of stories of migration; stories about escaping, asylum etc. Recent
immigration stories seen in relation to stories about Norwegian
heroes who escaped during WW2 and brave settlers who emigrated to
Closed workshop over 3 – 4 days: Iranian storytellers from
Kanoon Parvaresh participates in a workshop with Chirine El Ansary.*
Drum workshop with Sangimad Kholov
FRIDAY 21st NOV
Performance: Sharing of results from the workshops
20:00 – CONSERT WITH DOLATMAND
The world famous musician Dolatmand from Tajikistan performs at
the Rumi Festival on his first visit to Norway. Dolatmand, who can
play over 50 instruments, has been highly decorated by Jaques Chirac
and who has been on 80 tours to all over the world, is famous for
his work in preserving the traditional Tajik folk music Falak. He
has also been an important figure in keeping alive the tradition
of singing Rumi's texts. Dolatmand (song, setar, dotar, domreh,
gheichak) with his band Khalo Layegh Shah (ghanoon), Khalo Rozimad
(robab) anKhalo Sangimad (raf, tonbak), will take us on an exciting
journey into the folk music of Central-Asia.
*To be confirmed.
in Oslo we will celebrate Rumi from the 14.th - 21.th of November
2008 with a seminar, storytelling performances and a consert with
the famous tajikian musician Dolatmand Khalo.
During the festival
there will be programs both in English and Norwegian.
is arranged by Albatrass and
The Festival's supporters are: Norsk
Kulturråd, og Fritt