I heard about this through the newsletter of Five Senses Tour – Girls Going to Israel – a tour company that takes women and mixed groups regularly to Israel
Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival is a three day music extravaganza set to take place in August 2013 across Jerusalem, a world-class music festival in the heart of the holiest city on earth! In this unique setting, 16 diverse artists from a huge array of different traditions from across the globe, will come together to show and explore what makes ‘sacred’ music so special! – See more
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“There was that moment at the end of that very special night of the first Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival last year, in the early hours of the morning, when hundreds of us stood together on a rooftop overlooking the most beautiful landscape in the world. After listening to Sufi ceremonies, Jewish choruses and Christian prayers, and after experiencing the sounds of Africa, Central Asia, and the daily sounds of Jerusalem, we watched with pure joy as the first signs of life rose above the terraced hills of the Mount of Olives.
This was the moment that we understood, or more to the point, felt, that something had happened—we were not just talking about another pleasurable music festival, but a far more meaningful, profound experience.”
This festival, in it’s own special way, contributes to the building of bridges of understanding and the creation of cultural and social ties between peoples.
One of the musical groups that will be at this festival is the Ras-Sinai Project. In the Sinai Desert, a group of musicians from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine meets regularly to play and record music – in times of conflict and peace. In the performance, which will launch the album that bear’s the project’s name, leading Israeli musicians will host Basel Khoury. Together they will perform songs from the album that celebrates the results of these emotional meetings.