The Pierre Boulez Saal’s 2021–22 program will be published in quarterly instalments—but we are already looking ahead to a few upcoming highlights later in the season. For some events, you may enter a waiting list now, which will give you 48-hour priority access to purchasing tickets later.
Arabic Music Days
March 1 - 5, 2022
The 2021–22 Arabic Music Days once again bring together music, visual arts, poetry, and film. As in previous years, the program—now extended to five days—was curated by Iraqi oud master Naseer Shamma, who has been closely associated with the Pierre Boulez Saal since its inception. He is joined by his trio for a concert on March 4 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the hall’s opening. Visual artist Nja Al Mahdawi will create live paintings during the performance. The week’s musical program features four more exceptional trios from countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa. The accompanying online program includes an exhibition of works by visual artists Jabar Alwan and Nja Al Mahdawi as well as the Oscar-nominated film The Man Who Sold His Skin by Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania. Omani poet Saif al-Rahbi will read a selection of his works.
Naseer Shamma ©Peter Adamik
Nja Al Mahdawi, "Graphemes on Arches III"
Kaouther Ben Hania, "The Man Who Sold His Skin" (Film Still)