Lyrics and chants at French poetry night


By Abdulaziz Hammad

Saudi Gazette

The French Consulate General held the second poetry night showcasing the inspiring beauty of Arab and French poetry alongside classical orchestra performances at the Consul General Mostafa Mihraje’s residence here recently.

The poetry night is a distinctive cultural tradition conducted by the French mission due to the rich poetic Francophone culture. The night mixed the beauty of lyrics and chants alongside classical orchestra creating a distinctive artistic atmosphere.

The orchestra musicians played several pieces for legendary composers such as Wolfgang Mozart, Borodine, Britten and others.

The first Poetry Night here was held as part of the Night of Poetry in Paris, organized by Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) of Paris. The initiative, to hold poetry night, began in 2016 in memory of the Paris attacks of Nov. 13, 2015 in order to show that the Arab World believes in peace, arts and culture.

Different French embassies around the globe celebrate this night.