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Karmakol Festival: Open Sudan
December 1, 2017 - December 21, 2017
The ‘Karmakol Festival: Open Sudan’ is a platform for Sudanese and international cultural exchange. The first of it’s kind, Open Sudan will bring highlights from the Sudanese cultural scene together with international artists to perform, workshop and exchange with the aim of showcasing Sudan’s rich culture and connect Sudan to the international community. Sudanese and international music, theatre, film, arts and literature will be presented under the open sky of Karmakol!
Open Sudan seeks to promote all forms of expression, protect cultural diversity and enable intercultural cooperation. In doing so this project endeavours to promote peace, support democracy building and prevent violence extremism.
The festival caters to the youth of Sudan, which represent 60% of the population. Young people who have suffered years of cultural isolation and economic embargo will be energised to showcase their work to each other and international guests. In return they will be exposed to various forms of artists and performers from around the world. Together they will connect and create.
For a country like Sudan who’s identity has been impacted by a heavily one-sided negative international headlines, this festival offers an opportunity to uncover a rarely seen perspective- one of hope, diversity, talent and peaceful co-existence.
Open Sudan not only hopes to bridge cultural divides but ensure a longer and more sustainable future for cultural exchange.
500 festival participants including the artists and volunteers will form the core of the Open Sudan project, enabling a deeper cultural exchange to develop over the 3-weeks.
All the activities will be held in Karmakol, a village 4 hours drive north of Khartoum.
For more information, visit their website.