It was 20 years ago today‏

“Twenty years! Hard to believe,” he beams when we meet in his airy office. “I look upon the festival as a child who was born and has grown up,” said Bnaya.

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November 6, 2019 18:44
STELLAR AMERICAN-TURKISH oud player-vocalist Ara Dinkjian brings his silky skills back to the Oud Fe

STELLAR AMERICAN-TURKISH oud player-vocalist Ara Dinkjian brings his silky skills back to the Oud Festival.. (photo credit: ALENA SOBOLEVA)

Some like to storm onto the stage, grab the limelight with both excited hands and make their mark in the most spectacular way they can. But, as Joni Mitchell suggests on "Lessons in Survival" from her enchanting 1972 album For the Roses, “I came in as bright as a neon light and I burned out right there before him.” All those years ago, the doyen of singer songwriters posited that sometimes the quicker you make it, the faster you may fade, without trace, from the scene.

Effie Bnaya believes in the softly-softly approach. When the Confederation House director initiated the Jerusalem International Oud Festival back in 2000, it was a modest affair. The program took up a mere two days, with all the shows taking place at the home base’s compact hall. The audience sat on plastic garden chairs, with low rattan stools in the front two rows. Today the auditorium has bona fide fixed padded seating, armrests included, and the festival has come on in incremental leaps and bounds. The 20th edition spans across a full 10 days – November 21-30 – with concerts taking place in various expansive auditoria of the Jerusalem Theatre, as well as at Confederation House.

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