Interfaith Arts Festival In Cairo Promotes Understanding Between East And West

January 28, 2010

Author: Matthew Davies

Source: Episcopal News Service

Enhancing understanding and respect between Muslims and Christians is the goal of an innovative interfaith art exhibition and supporting events being held Jan. 28 - Feb. 3 at St. John the Baptist Anglican/Episcopal Church in the suburban Maadi district of Cairo, Egypt.

The CARAVAN Festival of the Arts exhibition, which brings together more than 40 Middle Eastern and Western visual artists, follows the success of a similar event held in January 2009.

This year's artistic initiative, with the theme "Harmony: East and West," will also include a series of literature, film and music events, among which is a Feb. 1 presentation by Egyptian actor Omar Sharif. Other events will include a literary presentation by best-selling Anglo-Afghan writer Tahir Shah and a musical concert performed by renowned Iraqi oud (lute) master Naseer Shamma.