Catalan Culture 2004 Class Blog
martes, diciembre 09, 2003
Asssingment 3 Nilo Rahmani
cultural event Festival Asia
I have been to several cultural events here in Barcelona, from little concerts to la merce. But the only place I really enjoyed and felt one with the atmosphere was on a festival called Festival Asia, held on 10th, 11th and 12th of October 2003. the festival was held in Barcelona Mercat de las Flors, the Institut de Teatre and the Teatre Lliure. Festival Asia is the result of Casa Asia's desire to create a popular cultural event that promotes understanding between European and Oriental peoples.
Festival Asia addresses this issue by bringing to the public the arts and customs of Asia and Asia Pacific, in a three-day event that highlights the similarities and differences not only between Europe and Asia but also between different Asian countries. This allows us to create contextual opinions about individual nations rather than seeing Asia-Pacific as stereotyped mass.
I loved to be there among Asians an Europeans who were bedazzled and admired by the performed art, alongside I noticed that people were really discussing to each other the similarities and differences. I felt glad that such festivals are held, this way people can form a better opinion about the different Asian cultures. The contents of the festival were both traditional and modern, and included live music, dance, cinema, theatre, games, gastronomy, martial arts, performance, installations and so much more. I enjoyed the Indian kathak dance in mercat de les flores. It is more like or storytellers theatre/ dance. The speciality of these dance are men, who used to tell their tales in local town squares, were mythological fables and moral tales for the times, which they used to tell accompanied by hand and facial gestures. It was theatre at its most pure, and they also used vocal or instrumental music to engage their public.
The second thing I liked was the Asian dinner outside in the garden of mercat de les flores. I filled my plate with one dish from each country, it was delicious.
Last but not least, my best experience in the festival was the Bhangra Night, a music performance of an Uk Indian band called ¨ The Panjabi Hit Squad ¨. The Panjabi Hit Squad are at the forefront of Asian fusion in Great Britain, mixing Bhangra and Bollywood rhythms with Hip Hop, drum & base, Dancehall and UK Garage, reinforcing their act with MCs and Indian percussionists. They were accompanied by Dhol Entertainment, the fabulous Ms Scandalous and DJ Climax. I knew the band slightly from two singles but, being there was above all expectations, the music was great. It was exact my taste, experiencing that in Barcelona felt really special, so I danced the whole night. The atmosphere was tremendous. I was expecting more Asian audience but it turn out that there were more Spanish audience dancing to the Bhangra beats, which was good to see. In my eyes the organisations had already achieved there aims!!! This is what I call a useful cultural event! It was an unforgettable opportunity to participate in an experience which was quite unique!! (including the after party with just the members of the band in jamboree and mare magnum)
Asssingment 4 Nilo Rahmani
As this was not my first time in Barcelona, I thought I couldn’t have to much of surprises. Actually I am kinda used to travelling. Because I have been doing it my whole life with my family. The negative point that I over kept of this experience is that I took a new destination for granted. During my stay in Barcelona I have seen many different facets of the city and the people. I have discovered many new places in Barcelona from which I wasn’t aware before. Due to this fact I have regained my ability to enjoy a new destination and be surprised by little geographic and social details. For example I went to Holland last week to visited my family and to celebrate the ending of Ramadan (eid al fitr). I experienced my neighbourhood big city’s Nijmegen, Utrecht and venlo in a different way. The weather was really cold, grey and depressing to begin with. The whole city went empty around 6 pm. By half past six I had to leave a cafeteria because they were closing!! I didn’t notice this before, maybe because I got used to it over the years. But know all I could do was to be glad to come to Barcelona again. I love Barcelona for the fact that it never sleeps, everything is possible within every hour, at least the leisure activities and the night life.