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Acclaimed Qatari Composer Dana Al Fardan Announces Her Latest Ground-breaking European Appearance at the Historic 77th Estate Fiesolana Summer Festival in Tuscany

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From the Gulf region to a Roman amphitheatre in Tuscany, the globally-renowned musician held a press conference at Florence’s stunning Teatro Della Pergola Theatre, to reveal the upcoming performance of her musical masterpiece ‘INDIGO’ at Italy’s oldest outdoor festival in July 2024.

Members of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the La Filharmonie – Filarmonica di Firenze, will join Dana alongside dancers from the Lyric Dance Company as part of the historic, cross-cultural creative extravaganza

June , 2024

FLORENCE, Italy – QATARI composer Dana Al Fardan held a press conference yesterday to announce her next high profile European appearance at the 77th Estate Fiesolana – Teatro Romano di Fiesole, Tuscany, where she will perform her latest musical offering ‘INDIGO’ to the public for the first time on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

Doha-born Dana addressed assembled media at the Teatro Della Pergola, Florence, confirming her performance at Italy’s oldest outdoor festival, where she is set to be joined by fellow musicians from the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the La Filharmonie – Filarmonica de Firenze next month.

Set against the ancient surrounds of the Teatro Romano di Fiesole, situated just outside Florence, the collaboration will also feature artists from the Lyric Dance Company, headed by creative director and choreographer Alberto Canestro, and marks the historic first public performance of an artist from the Gulf region in the Roman amphitheatre.

Fresh from her recent milestone appearance as the first Gulf musician to perform at the star-studded Trophée Chopard Gala during the 77th Cannes Film Festival in May, this is the second time Dana has made musical history in 2024, as she continues to expand her flourishing presence across Europe with the critically-acclaimed ‘INDIGO’.

With its foundation in neoclassical music interposed with electronic elements, ‘INDIGO’ transcends conventional boundaries to create an unforgettable, immersive multi-sensory experience, merging sound and colour together.

“As one of Europe’s oldest and most established cultural events at one of Italy’s most beautiful and significant ancient sites, history is quite literally at the heart of the Estate Fiesolana story,” said Dana.

“It is so exciting to be able to create a new chapter in our shared creative journey as part of this pioneering collaboration between Qatari and Italian musicians and artists – a true merging of East meets West.

“I am also incredibly proud to have the opportunity to present ‘INDIGO’, which is an intensely personal and transformative piece of music, intended to guide audiences on an introspective path towards enlightenment.

“Each performance offers a different perspective, even to me as its composer, delving deeper and deeper into conventional boundaries to create an exploration of art, emotion and spirituality.

“I look forward to immersing myself into a new experience with the Fiesolana audience this summer.”

As Italy’s longest-running, open-air multi-disciplinary festival, Estate Fiesolana has built a strong reputation as a showcase for top-quality musical and theatre performances since its launch at the stunning Roman amphitheatre Teatro Romano di Fiesole in 1947.

With a diverse repertoire spanning classical, electronic, and beyond, Dana continues to push the boundaries of musical expression, leaving an enduring legacy on the global stage.

As one of the most pioneering creative talents of both her generation and the Arab world,
Dana continues to captivate audiences serving as inspiration to aspiring artists across the Gulf region and paving the way for future generations of talent.

While the upcoming Estate Fiesolana concert will be Dana’s most recent appearance in the Florence region, she recently performed ‘INDIGO’ for an exclusive private audience at the Emilio Cavallini Solo Exhibition contemporary art show at Serre Torrigiani in Florence in September 2023.

Dana’s profile in both Italy and across Europe reached a significant turning point in March 2024, with her original music featured in the play ‘Giocando con Orlando’, starring acclaimed Italian actor Stefano Accorsi, with performances from the Symphonic Orchestra of Sicily under the baton of conductor Giovanni Pasini at the Politeama Garibaldi di Palermo, Italy.

This was followed by her historic appearance at the prestigious Trophée Chopard Gala during the 77th Cannes Festival, where she performed ‘INDIGO’ in front of a star-studded private audience.

Dana’s creative journey continues with the release of her latest single ‘Falling’, produced in collaboration with French producer Yaans. Available on all major streaming platforms, ‘Falling’ showcases Dana’s versatility as an artist, seamlessly blending electronic beats with her distinctive style.

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