Last Thursday during the long awaited Ziad El Rahbani Concert I Camel’s sentence kept on reverberating in mind “Culture is an attitude”….
What happened in the cultural wheel last Thursday was a true offence to the word “culture”. A lot of Ziad El Rahbani lovers were high and ecstatic since they heard that he will be performing in Egypt during the Cairo Jazz Festival. Alas, the event was a disappointment: here is a hint of what happened
We knew beforehand it is a standing kind of concert; yet we barely found a place to step in. The culture wheel over-sold the overpriced tickets for the event, that they practically ruined the experience for those who paid to enjoy the music.
Ps: I would have contentedly paid double or triple the ticket price if the event was at the opera house that’s for sure, only becoz I would have been positive that it will be a magnificent experience.
The culture wheel adopts a no smoking policy in its premises; awesome no? well…that didn’t happen on Thursday, during the break everyone rushed to the sides of the river hall -which we took a refuge to listen only to Ziad’s music and reconciled with the fact that we won’t see the performance- to smoke ignoring not only the convenience of the others but only their safety, let alone the rules of the place.
When I asked the only available organizer to stop them from smoking, he shrugged and said that he tried, but they won’t stop.
The concert, organizers, and attendance were an extreme disappointment. The whole thing was pretty much a bunch on the face to the fragile alleged cultural scene in Egypt