CANCELLED FROM AUDIENCE: Global Fest: Middle Eastern Ensemble

Founded in Helsinki, the Middle Eastern Ensemble is a unique Arabic and Middle Eastern ensemble, which is the first of its kind in Finland.

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Concerts are cancelled from audience until 10.1.2021 due to restrictions related to the corona situation.

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Another unique aspect of the orchestra is its interculturality, bringing together musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds. Music is an important channel to transmit the richness and beauty of the Middle Eastern musical tradition and the ensemble provides an opportunity to create a bridge between Western and Middle Eastern cultures, reminding us that music is a common vehicle of expression around the world.

The programme consists of Middle Eastern classical and folk pieces including Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Kurdish music, arranged in creative ways by members of the ensemble. The artistic director and founder of the Middle Eastern Ensemble is oud player Ali Haithem from Iraq.

Middle Eastern Ensemble

Further information: Janne Ikäheimo

Global Fest 9.–11.12.2020

Global Fest 2020 is the 5th edition of an annual festival featuring students, teachers, alumni and special guests representing Sibelius Academy’s Global Music Department. The festival embraces cultural and sonic diversity, aiming to cultivate intercultural dialogue, understanding and collaboration through music and the arts. Expect a feast of dynamic, innovative and inspiring concerts, workshops and pop up events featuring performers from around the world celebrating the diversity of our planet.

This year’s festival highlights the amazing Women of the Global Music Department from around the world. Featuring performers Aruba, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Mozambique, Portugal, Russia, Sápmi, Serbia, Spain and Tanzania.


10.12.2020 at 20:00 – 21:00


Helsinki Music Centre, Sibelius Academy

Töölönlahdenkatu 16

00100 Helsinki


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