I got a facebook invitation to a poetry reading evening in Al Rabita Al Saqafiyya that was held yesterday at 6:00. I went there because I knew that Mr. SaadEddine Chalak was going to recite some of his poems and I love his style. I went there with Farah, Hiba & Nour, and met Omar there, too.
I enjoyed only two poets’ performances the most: Mr Hassan Hamadeh & Mr SaadEddine’s. I borrowed a pen & a paper from Hiba to write down a few verses but couldn’t follow a lot, except for 1 verse to Mr. Hamadeh’s: وعن وجهك الحلو يا حلوتي، يعزّ على الشمس ان تغربا
In the evening’s program there was a female singer with three musicians who sang two songs. I liked one for Feiruz I never heard before. It’s called: B layl w shety (on a rainy night) even though it was super hot that evening, I was about to weep. I loved the song from them and decided to losten to the original one by Feiruz. When I returned home, I found out that Hiba sent it to me by email.
I felt really sorry for the current state of Al Rabita. How abandoned it is & how it gradually lost its cultural importance in Tripoli. As a kid and a teenager I attended many events on its stage. Rémi Bandaly shows, Shouyoukh el Tarab, Children’s day parties even the book fair was held in Al Rabita.
I wonder why it is that neglected when 15 years ago it was in its peak. Is the golden age of Al Rabita starting to fade? Has it become a memory now that I should stock among the many other sweet things that don’t exist anymore?