Arts + Culture

Habibi Festival with Joe’s Pub (at Bryant Park)

  • Aug 26 - Aug 26 7pm
  • Bryant Park

Photo credit: Bryant Park

Joe's Pub, a program of the Public Theater, is an independent, non-profit music venue, dedicated to supporting performing artists at every stage of their careers. This summer, Joe's Pub partners with Habibi Festival to bring contemporary and traditional musics of the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region to Bryant Park.

AJOYO is the vision of multi-reed player Yacine Boularès, a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul. AJOYO chants in the name of Tony Allen, Oum Khalsoum, Charlie Parker and Donnie Hathaway. AJOYO celebrates life, love and justice through music: music for the heart, the mind and the body, the kind that is soulful, sophisticated and that makes people want to dance.

Esraa Warda is New York's emerging dance artist and educator specializing in Algerian and Moroccan traditional dance forms. A child of the Algerian diaspora, Warda is a cultural warrior advocating for the representation and preservation of North African, women-led dance traditions and the decolonization of euro-centricity, orientalism, and patriarchy in dance.

Firas Zreik is a Palestinian Kanun player, composer, arranger snd educator based in New York City. He has worked, recorded & performed with international artists from the highest caliber, such as Roger Waters, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal, Simon Shaheen, Bassam Saba, Amal Murkus, Fabrizio Cassol, Amir Al-Saffar, Aynur Dogan, Raghu Dixit, Marwan Khoury, Elias Karam, Abeer Nehme and many more.

Hailed by Radio France Internationale as “a Tunisian man in NY, one of the most talented jazzmen of his generation,” Yacine Boularès is French-Tunisian saxophonist, composer and curator. In 2020, as a reaction to the shutdown of the music scene in New York City and to the Black Lives Matter uprising, Boularès co-founded Rise up Brooklyn, a live streaming festival showcasing artists whose work is a catalyst for social change.

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