The Congress

Maan Abu Taleb

The Congress

Maan Abu Taleb

Update: due to the weather the evnt takes place at Mousonturm (not at Sommerbau).  Admission is only possible with proof of negative Corona status.

In 1932, King Fuad I. commissioned the first Congress of Arab Music in Cairo. Delegates from Europe and the Arab world descended on Cairo with a mission to modernise Arab music and to elevate it into a respected art form on the level of Western classical music. However, several leading composers and innovators within Arab music were not invited. In his play “The Congress”, which is presented in Frankfurt in a staged reading, the writer Maan Abu Taleb imagines five prominent musicians meeting on the occasion of this historic event including the divas Mounira El Mahdeya and Umm Kulthum. While some of them attempt to prevent the congress from taking place, others see it as their chance to become world stars at long last.

Please find an english ticketing guideline here (the system is only in german)


Duration: approx. 60 Min.
Language: English

Admission ending: 15 min. before the start of the show

Admission is only possible with proof of negative Corona status (tested, vaccinated or recovered). Results of a  test may not be more than 24 hours old at this event.
Your contact details (name, address, telephone number and e-mail address) will be recorded on location before the event in order to follow-up in case of a COVID-19 infection.
No entry without a medical mouth-nose covering! Wearing a mouth-nose covering is mandatory at all times, except at your own seat.
Disinfect your hands when entering the building or grounds.

More information on hygiene and safety


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Author: Maan Abu Taleb
Cast: Nadah El Shazly, Kamel Najma, Andreas Jahncke, Majd Feddah
Directors Notes: Sarah El Miniawy
Production Manager / Dramaturgy: Katrina Mäntele

A coproduction by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Frankfurt LAB in the frame of “This Is Not Lebanon. Festival for Visual Arts, Performance, Music and Talks”, commissioned as part of The Consortium Commissions—a project initiated by Mophradat (coproducing partners Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Theaterfestival Spielart München, Alkantara Festival), supported by a residency at Callie’s Berlin.

“This Is Not Lebanon. Festival for Visual Arts, Performance, Music and Talks” ist ein Kooperationsprojekt des Frankfurt LAB mit Künstlerhaus Mousonturm und Ensemble Modern in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Goethe-Institut Libanon. Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes, das Goethe-Institut und die Ensemble Modern Patronatsgesellschaft e.V. Das begleitende diskursive Programm wird gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. Die Residenzen im Rahmen von “This Is Not Lebanon. Festival for Visual Arts, Performance, Music and Talks” sind Teil von „Frankfurt Moves!", einer Kooperation der KfW Stiftung mit dem Frankfurt LAB zur Förderung internationaler aufstrebender Künstler:innen im Bereich Tanz und Darstellende Künste.