Leila Gouchi, for the occasion, was accompanied by her professional orchestra, who helped her to draw on Andalusian heritage to release an impressive number of songs, poems, qudud and Muwashahat from the Mashreq and the Maghreb. In a statement to the MAP, the artist confides to be lucky to have been able to achieve such a “beautiful presentation in a show open to a general public despite the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic”. The festival‘s programs are accessible by webcast, she stressed before adding that this concert revisits a thousand-year-old repertoire that brings together the Maghreb, the East and the West in an authentic and at the same time modern presentation.
The 21st edition of the Montreal Arab World Festival was held from November 12 to 29 under the theme “ESPACE 01, universes to conquer! “. It is a thematic event dedicated to the meeting and dialogue of Arab and Western cultures. The organizers also underlined that with this 2020 edition, they became aware of “the vulnerability of meeting spaces” and of “the need to forge without further delay reinvented places”.
Whether the Covid-19 pandemic holds up over time or not, the Arab World Festival “hopes to give back to its audience some of the thrill, emotion and exhilaration through the mixing and interaction between cultures », Indicates the Moroccan press agency.