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Noura Mint Seymali

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Noura Mint Seymali and her boundless voice bend the arc of Moorish musical tradition. She transforms it for a modern, global audience, and safeguards a centuries old literary and artistic tradition inscribed on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Her performance is part of Artistic Freedom Initiative's RADICAL RECITATIONS arts festival, which celebrates the right to freedom of artistic expression. 

With four consecutive evenings of incendiary performances, RADICAL RECITATIONS is an arts festival presented by Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI). This festival is not only a celebration of the human right to artistic freedom of expression – it is a testament to the radical power of storytelling to catalyze social change, and a call to action in defense of artistic freedom.

This year, AFI has partnered with Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage and others to bring you performances both powerful and personal by renowned, revolutionary international artists NOURA MINT SEYMALI (Mauritania), TOTO KISAKU (Congo), and KING RAAM (Iran/Canada).

With performances rooted in storytelling, poetry, praise, and boldly speaking truth to power, Noura, Toto, and King Raam take stages across Washington D.C. and NYC. These cutting edge artists show us how musical and theatrical narratives can be used to disrupt dangerous norms, and preserve those that venerate freedom of expression. Join us! For more:

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Strathmore Artist in Residence Calista Garcia
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12/9/2019 at 6:00 PM

IN THE CONCERT HALL. Free tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:00 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

A NEWorks Production
12/8/2019 at 6:00 PM

IN THE TERRACE THEATER. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:00 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

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