The festival kicked off on Thursday evening with activities inspired by the history of the city Babylon and her king HammurabiAnd the laws it enacted continue to inspire humanity and nurture the yearning for freedom.
and revived all Kuwaiti sun, AndHani Shaker, AndHatem IraqiThe first day of the festival, as well as theatrical performances, embodying the inauguration of Hamwarbi as king of the Babylonian dynasty, provided that the festival will continue for several days with the wide participation of Iraqi and other Arab artists.
The festival includes a variety of activities, organized by Arab and foreign folk bands, in addition to the activities of the Babylonian fashion show, playing, free drawing, paragliding activities, Arab and Kurdish balloons, as well as other cultural, literary and artistic activities.
A few days ago, cultural and popular circles have also celebrated, on social networking sites, the most prominent artistic event, by publishing photos of the festival and video clips, amid an emphasis on the ability of Iraq To proceed to restore its artistic and cultural strength in the Arab arena, with an emphasis on the need to continue these activities.
However, this joy was not without disturbances, as “extremist” parties seek to cancel the international festival, as they tried, through their influence, and some electronic armies on social media, to feed public opinion with false and misleading information about the festival, such as, that it will include events. Unethical”.
Those in charge of those campaigns failed to cancel the lyrical paragraphs, after continuous demands and correspondence with the governor of Babylon, Hassan Mandil, who succumbed to these pressures, but Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi intervened and insisted on holding all the festival’s paragraphs without exception, according to press sources.
Evidence of Iraq’s recovery
Iraqi artistic circles saw that the festival “represents evidence of the country’s recovery from the series of disasters that it experienced during the previous years, and set foot on the path of gradual recovery from the effects of wars and security tensions.”
Professor at the College of Fine Arts, Yasser Al-Obaidi, believes that “the festival, although there are technical observations, is a clear step towards Iraq’s restoration of its artistic and cultural role, and even striving for leadership in this, as well as the message addressed to internal parties, that the country includes various components and spectra.” and ideas, and a unilateral vision cannot be imposed on them.
Al-Obaidi added, during his speech to “Sky News Arabia”, that “objections to the festival have other dimensions, but we should not surrender to it, but rather work to resume the lives of Iraqis, and grant the educated class the banner of its leadership, without being dependent on unacceptable agendas, and do not represent the Iraqi opinion. “.
This is the first time that the Babylon International Festival has been held after 2003, as it was interrupted by the US invasion and the deterioration of the security situation in the country during the ensuing years.
A large audience
The attendance of the audience was remarkable at this festival, as the Babylonian theater was crowded with various groups of Iraqi society, while others were unable to attend because of the festival tickets, which were sold out in several different places and governorates.
Kuwaiti artist Shams inflamed the audience’s enthusiasm with a number of her selected songs, despite the technical malfunction that occurred while she was standing on the stage.
While the Egyptian artist Hani Shaker sang, over the course of an hour and a half, a large number of his songs, including “The Beautiful Dream” and “You’re Still Asking.”
The expatriate artist, Hatem Al-Iraqi, performed a party that lasted for more than an hour after midnight, while the audience remained heavily present.
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