Al Musiqa, Voice and Music of the Arab World, exhibition

06/04/2018 - 19/08/2018

A thousand and one sounds.

The Philharmonie de Paris showcases the music of the Arab world with this ambitious exhibition. Through a festive and interactive journey, you will journey through fifteen centuries of musical history and travel from Cairo to the Hijaz desert!

The exhibition presents the musical heritage of the Arab world, encompassing 22 countries over several centuries. Al Musiqa, divided into several immersive spaces, is as playful as it is instructive. The visitor is invited to travel from the pre-Islamic era to the present day by crossing rooms recreating different atmospheres, such as that of an Egyptian cinema. Matali Crasset's highly graphic and colourful set design presents an Arab world in full swing, moving away from the picturesque. The exhibition showcases multiple musical instruments, but also works by contemporary artists.

Far from the dark TV news stories or Orientalist clichés, Al Musiqa gives a glimpse of a joyous, colourful and creative world. "We wanted to show the beauty and extreme richness of Arab cultures through music" says Véronique Rieffel. The exhibition will also be accompanied by concerts, storytelling shows and introductory music workshops for children.

Philharmonie de Paris

221 avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 PARIS

01 44 84 44 84

From Friday 6 April to Sunday 19 August 2018 :
- From Tuesday to Thursday from 12:00 to 18:00
- Friday from 12:00 to 20:00
- Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00

Métro ligne 5 porte de Pantin
Tramway T3B Porte de Pantin
Bus : lignes 75 et 151