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Amina Taha - Hussein Okada

October 7, 2015

About her grandfather Taha Hussein “ We need to go back to what he said and wrote to soothe, if only somewhat, the tensions and antagonisms that are currently being exacerbated on both sides of the Mediterranean "


Amina Taha-Hussein Okada describes her career path, at the heart of cultures, leading her to the Guimet Museum of Asian Art. In this interview she evokes her childhood in Egypt in a cosmopolitan family of many cultures and religions. An intercultural dialogue embodied by the illustrious figure of her grandfather Taha Hussein. As a great man of letters and an activist of the humanities, Taha Hussein was one of the proponents of dialogue between East and West. From the literary salons held in Cairo to the struggles as a Minister of Education, Amina Taha-Hussein Okada tells us the incredible destiny of his grandfather. “Jean Cocteau used to say that even though he was blind, Taha Hussein saw further than all others and indeed much further than is permitted”- a visionary whose sensitivity and courage strikes a particular chord in the current context.



Ballaké Sissoko

September 2, 2015 Kora master

Malian artist Ballaké Sissoko has been playing the kora for nearly thirty years and his outstanding career path is made of musical collaborations inspired by intercultural dialogue - such as the one with French cellist Vincent Segal.


Zahia Ziouani

October 29, 2015 Conductor

“I don’t think classical music belongs to just one category of people, either. It’s part of a musical heritage that we should all be able to share in”

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