In Jerusalem at the Auditorium of the Custody of the Holy Land at 18hrs
The Magic Lamp is the festival of Arabic songs for children organized by the Magnificat Institute in Jerusalem. The 10th edition of the festival took place on Sunday March 30th in the Auditorium of the Custody. In some way, it was an historic achievement celebrated by offering to a wide audience the best songs of the past editions.
The concert of the Magic Lamp is the final stage of a complex production: the songs are composed, arranged, taught and performed. The final event is recorded in order to produce CDs and DVDs. Lyrics and music are published and the scores distributed not only to all the schools of Palestine, but also in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The purpose of the Magic Lamp is to create a repertoire of Arabic songs for children that can be taught and performed in all Arabic schools.
The themes of the songs are very near to the heart of the children like the school, traffic, pollution, the mother. Also social aspects are very present with songs about peace and the problems that Palestinian families deal with everyday: “They ask me: how can you live in a situation of such poverty? Why don’t you emigrate? I am a Palestinian kid and I don’t like the other countries. Palestine is my homeland and this is where I want to live” (from the song “I am a young Palestinian”).
Performing the songs were the youngest pupils of the Magnificat Institute, the ones who make up the Yasmeen Buds Choir directed by Miriam Younan. Also present were kids from theSchmidt’s College, who proposed to the audience a Palestinian folk dance.
Accompanying the choir was the Magnificat Chamber Orchestra directed by Maestro Robert Canetti. The journalist Eman Al Qassem Suleiman hosted the event that ended with on the notes of the beautiful new song: “Peace on Jerusalem.”