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Jazz concert in Gaza

July 13, 2011 8:30 P.M. (Updated: July 13, 2011 10:31 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A German jazz orchestra is due to perform in the Gaza Strip on July 14-15, becoming the first ever jazz ensemble to play in the coastal enclave.

The Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with Deutsche Welle and the Heinrich Boll Foundation, will host the concert as part of a 'Gender Kicks' program, a statement said Wednesday.

The all female jazz orchestra will perform in Gaza and Birzeit after having toured the Middle East, playing to audiences in Beirut, Amman, and Erbil, Iraq earlier this week.

“It’s a great pleasure for us to host the first jazz concert in Gaza,” Joerg Schumacher, head of the Goethe-Insitut in Ramallah, said.

“Bringing a bus full of musicians across various checkpoints and border crossings in order to let them perform both in Gaza and the West Bank brings about a lot of difficulties.

"We worked on this for several weeks and hope that everything works out fine.”

The concert will be held at the Al-Etehad gallery and will begin at 8.00 p.m.
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