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Morgenland Festival

Yasamin Shahhosseini © Andy Spyra
Yasamin Shahhosseini © Andy Spyra

After two Festival Editions which were very much marked by the Corona pandemic, Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2022 could once again take place with (almost) no restrictions.



Ivo Papasov
Romengo & Mónika Lakatos
Bab L’Bluz
Basilius Alawad
Mevan Younes
Angela Boutros
Mohannad Nasser
Osnabrücker Symphonieorchester
Daniel Inbal
Under the Surface
Abeer Albatal
Merima Ključo
Jelena Milušić
Yasamin Shahhosseini
Kayhan Kalhor
Naïssam Jalal
Maria Cassandra Hausi
Nora Thiele
Sabin Penea
Helene Glüxam
Tohid Vahid
Mehdi Aminian
Marc Sinan Company
Iva Bittová
AndAL & Dj Weldmousa
Kinan Azmeh
Dima Orsho
Liwaa Yazji
Mohammad Abou Laban
Issam Rafea
Morgenland All Star Band
Rony Barrak
Frederik Köster
Salman Gambarov
Michel Godard
Ziya Güçkan
Iles Jalgasbek
Bodek Janke
Andreas Müller
Ibrahim Keivo
Moslem Rahal

Here you can find the program of Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2022.


One of the programme highlights was the Music Theatre “Songs for Days to Come” by Kinan Azmeh, which both the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück and the Theater Osnabrück had jointly commissioned and coproduced.
Based on poems by 14 Syrian lyricists and with a libretto by Liwaa Yazji and Mohammad Abou Laban, Azmeh composed a cross-genre work for soloists, actors, chorus and orchestra. 

A further cooperation with the Theater Osnabrück presented young Syrian musicians playing together with the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra. The project gave the young musicians the chance to compose for, and perform with, an orchestra. 

In “Seven Premieres” the Morgenland All Star Band presented seven works which the Society of Friends of the Festival had commissioned in 2020 from musicians in order to give them much-needed artistic and financial support. The works by Iranian, Syrian, Kazakh and Bosnian composers all differed greatly in style and created a quite impressive programme. 

Several productions, which, due to the pandemic, had had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021, were realized in 2022, such as Mehdi Aminian’s piece “Timbres of Middle-East-Europe”, which explored musical similarities and differences between the music of the Balkans and Persia, Marc Sinan’s “I Exist”, which went in search of the roots of Roma music in Rajastan, Ivo Papasov’s magnificent “Wedding Band” or the Roma ensemble “Romengo”. 

Two top-class Persian musicians, Kayhan Kalhor and Yasamin Shahhosseini, met for a generation-spanning encounter. The trio “Under the Surface” from the Netherlands invited friends and guests from Syria, and Jelena Milušić and Merima Ključo presented their wonderful programme “Lume”.
The closing party was opened by the Moroccan-French band Bab L’Bluz. 


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